May is Disaster Preparedness month. With the increased chance of inclement weather, disaster can strike at a moment’s notice. So as a small business owner, ask yourself, “What happens if I lose it all?” Continuity Central published a study stating that 80% of businesses affected by a major incident close within 18 months.
Now is the time to devise a disaster preparation protocol to safeguard the sanctity of your business, and most of all, the people that make your business prosper. Creating a structured continuity plan ensures the lessening of financial strains brought upon by unforeseen circumstances. Here are some simple tips to guide you through that process.
Save Your Data. In our digital world, data is as valuable as any resource there is. Customers and employee’s pertinent information could cease to exist in a fraction of a second. Utilizing cloud services will ensure the extra layer of security. Apps like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Datto’s Hybrid Cloud can be utilized to automatically backup precious documents and various files. To learn more about sophisticated solutions offered on the cloud, contact your managed service provider, Vision Computer Solutions, at (248) 349-6115.
Invest in a Generator. Mobile devices have given us the opportunity to be flexible and proficient in the most dire of situations. This strategy works well until you need electricity to charge your devices. Investing some operating expense into a small or medium-sized electrical generator will keep your devices charged and your Internet connection up and serviceable. Don’t let power outages put your customers and employees on standby.
Create a Comprehensive Recovery Outline. Once you’ve determined the proper tools for your business to stay afloat during a crisis, it’s equally as important to establish communication channels with your team to keep everyone on the same page. Consider solidifying a chain of command amongst your team that will outline what should be done when faced with disaster. Assembling key personnel to focus on essential aspects of your business will keep you organized. Be sure to visit United States Small Business Administration for excellent tools and resources aimed to help you succeed.