What Kinds of Insurance Does a Beauty Salon Really Need?

By Darragh Timlin on July 6th, 2023

Navigating the world of beauty salon insurance can be a bit like dealing with a tricky beauty treatment: you need the right expertise and guidance to ensure you get the perfect result. With so many different types of coverage to consider, how can you be sure you’re protecting your business, employees, and customers in every possible situation?

In this blog post, we’ll explore a variety of insurance policies that may be relevant to your beauty salon, such as general liability, professional treatment risk insurance, and property insurance, among others. By the end of this post, you’ll be better equipped to decide on the best possible insurance package for your salon, ensuring you can provide top-notch services with confidence and peace of mind. So, let’s get started and find the right insurance for your beauty salon!

What Coverages Might You Need?

There are all sorts of insurance options available for beauty salon owners. Some are mandatory—required by law—whereas others are just good business sense.

General Liability Insurance

General Liability Insurance, also known as Public Liability Insurance, is a must-have for any beauty salon owner. This type of insurance covers your business in case a customer or a third party suffers an injury or property damage while visiting your salon. It also covers legal fees and compensation claims if you are found liable for the incident.

For instance, if a client slips on a wet floor in your salon and injures themselves, General Liability Insurance would cover the costs associated with the accident, including medical bills and potential legal fees. This type of insurance is essential for protecting your business from potential financial setbacks caused by unforeseen accidents or incidents; it’s also a legal requirement.

Professional Liability For Beauty Therapists

As a beauty therapist, you provide various treatments and services to your clients. Despite your expertise, there is always a risk that a client may be unsatisfied with the results or suffer an adverse reaction to a treatment. Professional Liability Insurance, also known as Malpractice Insurance, covers you and your beauty therapists against claims made by clients for negligence, errors, or omissions during treatment.

In cases where a client believes they have suffered from a treatment mistake, this insurance can help cover the cost of legal fees and compensation claims. Without Professional Liability Insurance, these expenses could be financially damaging to your beauty salon.

Employers’ Liability

If your beauty salon employs staff, Employers’ Liability Insurance is a legal requirement in the UK. This type of insurance covers your business if an employee suffers an injury or illness as a result of their work. It provides financial protection to your salon by covering the cost of compensation claims made by employees.

In addition to being a legal requirement, Employers’ Liability Insurance demonstrates to your staff that you care about their well-being and safety. By having this insurance in place, you can focus on running your salon with the peace of mind that your employees are protected.

Property Insurance For Beauty Salons

Property Insurance is essential for any beauty salon owner. It covers the cost of repairs or replacement of your salon equipment, fixtures, and fittings in case of damage, theft, or destruction. This type of insurance can be tailored to cover the specific needs of your salon, such as protection against fire, flood, or vandalism.

Without Property Insurance, you could face significant financial losses if your salon is damaged or your equipment is stolen. By having this insurance in place, you can ensure that your salon is back up and running as quickly as possible, minimising downtime and loss of income.

Business Interruption Insurance

While not a legal requirement, Business Interruption Insurance is highly recommended for beauty salon owners. This type of insurance covers the loss of income and additional expenses incurred due to an unforeseen event, such as a natural disaster or fire, which forces your salon to temporarily close.

For example, if your salon suffers significant water damage due to a flood and cannot operate for several weeks, Business Interruption Insurance can help cover the lost income during this period. It can also assist with the costs of finding a temporary location, so you can continue providing services to your clients.

Choosing The Right Insurance Provider

When selecting an insurance provider for your beauty salon, it’s essential to consider not only the price but also the level of cover provided and the reputability of the insurer. Look for an insurance company that understands the unique needs of your industry and offers tailored policies to suit your salon’s specific requirements.

Additionally, consider the insurer’s customer service and claims handling processes. In the event of a claim, you want to work with an insurance provider that will be responsive and supportive during a potentially stressful time.

Tailoring Insurance Packages For Your Salon

Every beauty salon is unique, and so are its insurance needs. When choosing an insurance package, consider the specific risks your salon faces and ensure that your chosen policy covers these risks adequately. You may need to add additional coverages, such as Treatment Risk Insurance or Personal Accident Insurance, to create a comprehensive insurance package that fully protects your salon.

Choose Salon Saver

Salon Saver is the next evolution of beauty salon insurance. A new wave that excludes nobody from achieving their ambitions. Our insurance policies are strictly no-fuss – they don’t have all the same bells and whistles, but what they do have is all the core covers that you need to keep your business safe. And that’s what really matters. Our objective is simple; to bring low-cost core protection to those businesses that know what they need and don’t want to pay for more than they have to. With Salon Saver, you can focus on running a successful beauty salon, knowing that you and your business are protected against potential risks and challenges.

Darragh Timlin

With over 25 years’ experience, Darragh is an expert in all things insurance. Starting his career in commercial property underwriting, Darragh has worked for a number of global insurers and is now Managing Director of Salon Saver, part of the wider Henry Seymour Group.

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