We recommend sole traders consider taking out personal accident insurance in case they suffer a serious injury or death as the result of an accident.
Sole traders may be unable to take time off for injury, limiting their ability to maintain a stable income. Personal accident insurance covers loss of income and can provide financial cover for bills and other expenses.
Contractors with employees may need to consider arranging workers compensation insurance. This covers an employee's wages if they suffer a serious work-related injury or their compensation costs in the case of death.
Also, depending on your trade, you may also be required to consider obtaining insurance to maintain your licence. For example, Victorian plumbers are required to obtain a specific level of public liability insurance under the Victorian Building Authority to provide plumbing services. Check with your local state authority.