Protecting the financial interests of any business that you own, should be very important to you. Finding ways to accomplish this may be time consuming or difficult if you are not sure which steps to take. Attempting to prepare for those unexpected events in your home business takes plenty of planning, and being proactive on the part of yourself and your business partners. There are several things that you can do to prepare your business for the unexpected. Having Insurance that is appropriate and personalized for you and your business is one of the key steps to preparing for the unexpected. There are numerous types of insurance that you can purchase; however, the state you live in may require you to have certain types of policies or a set minimal limit for your business. This works like your automobile or home owners insurance. It may be in your best interest to speak with a professional insurance agent to discuss the type of business that you run and what options are best suited for your business. Different insurance agencies will have their own rules for the types of policies that you must purchase, such as how long you must keep the policy, or discounts that you may receive after a certain amount of time. Depending on the type of product that you sell or services that you have, you may need to purchase insurance on those products. You may need to purchase extra insurance on your home, if clients will be stopping into your home in regards to the sales and services that your home business offers. Purchasing short and long term disability insurance is also a good idea. Many people are living from one paycheck to the next, and accidents can and will occur. Having this kind of coverage for yourself can ensure that your bills will continue to be paid if you are unable to work for a short amount of time. Another good idea, incase something does occur where you are unable to work is to keep a manual that describes in detail your job tasks and how to perform them. Be sure to include important phone numbers or deadlines that must be kept incase of an emergency. Remember to update your manual frequently, as job tasks can change quickly or as software is updated. No one likes to consider the thought of dying, but incidents do happen. If you are the business owner, others need to know what your intentions are and who will take over running the business. Having a will, can help your family and your business partners quickly and efficiently resolve matters that may arise regarding money, property or other matters. Being prepared for the unexpected can make you feel safer and take any added strain off of you and your family.