But how do you find the right insurance professional for your needs? Here are some tips for starting your search.
- Ask Trusted Advisors for Recommendations—Ask others if they work with an insurance professional who has provided good service. If possible, get recommendations from people who are in your industry or run a business similar to yours.
- Contact a Trade Association in Your Area—Call your local chamber of commerce or area chapter of your industry’s national trade association. These organizations may be able to provide guidance.
- Tap Your Online Networks—Broaden your search for the right insurance professional by asking for recommendations on social networks, such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook. Local business organizations often have their own social media groups, where you can ask for recommendations from the organization’s larger membership.
- Internet Search—If you draw a blank using the tips above, try a simple Internet search like “seeking small business insurance professionals” or focus on the area of specialization, such as “insurance for dry cleaners.” You’ll want to be especially careful to evaluate any insurance professional you locate through online search.