Battling For Your Business

Starting your own business and getting off the ground may have been a struggle, it may have been a piece of cake, but either way now that you’re up and running the last thing you need is for anything to go wrong and destroy all your hard work.

That’s why we’re looking at contingency plans in this short article. We’re not talking about what you’d do in the case of an apocalyptic event but rather the day-to-day occurrences that can threaten the continuity of your business.

Power Outs

They happen, they happen all the time and the frustrating thing about them is they happen just when you least expect them and always when you’re in the middle of something really important.

Clearly you’re going to want to make sure that your technology is up to scratch and one option you might want to consider is moving all your vital documents to some Cloud-based storage. Very simply this means that in the event of a power outage that looks like it might last a long time, you’re going to be able to pick up that document from the Cloud and carry on working at another machine and another location.

It will also mean your staff can do the same, vital if you rely on a network of staff to keep your business moving.

Natural Disaster

If you live in area that’s prone to storms, flooding and so on, how prepared are you for when disaster strikes? If you’ve been smart and backed up all your documents to the cloud there are one or two more steps you can take to minimise disruption.

The first thing you can do is have you and your staff run through an emergency drill and play out a worst case scenario.

Your team should know who to contact, where to meet and what to do immediately after work is interrupted. 

Make sure you all have access to contact details, perhaps a shared WhatsApp group and have copies of all your necessary paperwork stored separately including your insurance broker, staff contracts and so on.

There are plenty of things that can go wrong in business outside of a simple downturn in profits and some of the time, at least, these elements will be outside of your control. While it might seem overly dramatic, it’s far better to be prepared and know that you’ll remain in full control of your business should the worst happen. It also goes a long way in reassuring your team that they will be safe in their jobs.

The very best thing you can do, is to be prepared and not let these things catch you unawares. Be ready with technology that has everything backed up, be ready with smoke detectors and working fire safety equipment and be ready with a plan that works.

Get your business contingency plan drawn up, circulated and then stored safely away. With any luck, you’ll never need it but if it does you’re ready and it doesn’t mean the end of the world for your business.

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