Starting a business is always risky. In some businesses, however, the risks are particularly extreme. If you're planning to launch an investment firm or start a hazardous waste management company, there's little doubt that you'll need all the protection you can get, including limited personal liability as well as adequate insurance. Other businesses are not so obviously risk-laden, but could still land you in trouble if fate strikes you a blow.
Here are a few red flags to watch for when analyzing the risks involved in your business:
If your business will face one or more risks like those listed here, consider whether business insurance will provide adequate protection. (See Nolo's article Obtaining Small Business Insurance for more information).Some risky activities, such as job-related driving, are good candidates for insurance and don't necessarily warrant incorporating. But if insurance can't cover all of the risks involved in your business, you should consider forming an LLC or a corporation, which will protect your personal asserts from claims and judgments against your business.