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A Quick Guide To Insurance

Everything you always wanted to know about business insurance - but weren't afraid enough to ask.

This story appears in the October 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Just being in business is risky. Beyond the most important risk--whether people will buy enough of your product or service to allow you to make enough money and grow--are a number of risks that could send any entrepreneur searching for a dark hole to hide in.

A fire could destroy your inventory, office equipment, records and building. A flood could cause thousands of dollars' worth of damage. Your business could be vandalized or robbed. A customer could sue you for an injury he or she suffered while on your property. A disgruntled employee could sabotage your computer system. You could be the target of an extortionist or a terrorist. The list of potential catastrophes businesses face is virtually endless.

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