Keeping Your Business Going Come Hell Or High Water
A business owner has one job: make their company a success. That’s it. The concept of starting and running a business is to be a success, to make a profit and to be the best in the industry. If your company has started to gain some traction and is climbing the ranks of popularity in the industry that you work in, you will understand exactly what it means to have something to lose.
The one thing that every business can plan for, but none can predict, is disaster. No business can know when Mother Nature may decide to throw a fit and send a hurricane blasting through their town. No business can tell when the office building that they rent through is going to have an issue with faulty wiring, causing a fire that leaves mass destruction in its wake. It’s for these reasons that the planning for disaster has to be solid. Having a solid disaster recovery plan in place for your business is going to be imperative – no, vital – for your business and its continued success. The one thing you don’t need, is to stop moving forward and allowing a disaster to stall progression.
The amount of time that gets lost during the recovery from a business disaster doesn’t have to be long for the profit loss to be big. Using companies like GRIT Technologies to help keep your business afloat during that recovery is going to be important for you and your profit line. Having a proper disaster recovery plan for your business in place is going to change how you cope when disaster does strike. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a fire, flood or a bunch of hackers looking to steal your data: disaster is disaster! All smart business owners should have a recovery plan as well as insurance plan in place to cover you for disaster purposes.
The first thing you need to do when you create a disaster recovery plan for your business is to work out the critical jobs required to keep your business afloat. If you lose your office but not your ability to keep your business going, then you need to know how to stay operational. Relocating the physical office jobs to another location is important, and you need to make a list of all the jobs that need to keep going. Accounting and customer services would be vital and something like telesales would not. The next thing is to look at your office inventory. You should have made one of these when you moved in and changed it every time you add furniture or change things around. You need to see what is missing, what can be recovered with insurance and what can be replaced. Disaster recovery doesn’t have to be a huge disruption to your business, and if you can continue production without much interruption, then you are going to be far better prepared for when things could go wrong. Plan for disaster without wishing for it!