While your cousins neighbor or Billy Bob in sales may know a lot about computers, how much time can you really spend bogged down with technology issues before your business loses money? Is your company safe? Consider greater risks like natural disasters, does your answer change?
Can you afford to close the doors of your business for 2 days?
Imagine if your network went down due to a virus attack, hardware issues or software problems (all common in a standard year of operations for small businesses in the U.S.). How long would it take to get your company up and running again? Could you recover everything 100%?
Let’s put a price on the losses.
Quantify how much money you’re losing each year due to minor technology issues. Don’t forget to include losses associated with paying employees to work when they really aren’t able, missed opportunities to serve your current clients, and potential customer sales lost due to downtime.
IT risks are inevitable, be prepared!
Unfortunately, risk is a part of business; the question is how you handle situations that arise. Will you be a proactive business owner with a plan or will you fix things only when they’re broken? Lessen the intensity and pain when downtime strikes; gather your resources and create a plan so you can take action immediately when the time comes.
Identify risks and create realistic solutions.
Take time to asses risks that can impact your business and create a Business Continuity Plan or roadmap to navigate your company operations during adverse conditions. To get started, take a look at the threats associated with your business like earthquakes, fires, floods, malware attacks, utility outages, or even thefts. While each company has a different list of threats, all of these risks ultimately have the same negative impact and there are many common recovery options to explore.
Preventative steps and action plans.
After you’ve identified the risks, take a look at preventative measures and plan solutions to ensure your business will continue even when there is trouble. Preventative measures may include things like off-site backup, flood and fire planning, additional resources for communication if the phone lines are down, secondary computers and/or an alternate worksite.
Prepare an action plan
so everyone in your company knows just what to do in an emergency. Create a list of who to call in an emergency: managers, utilities, repair resources, and emergency response groups like your local fire station, police, and EMTs. Be sure to include insurance information too like the carrier name, policy number, and contact information as well as a list of assets with serial numbers to ensure you can claim and report losses as needed.
Are you prepared for the unexpected?
Even if you are not anticipating a natural disaster, smaller issues like a building fire, flooding from a broken water heater, or a cyber attack can be just as devastating. Planning ahead may mean the difference between recovering gracefully with minimal damages and closing your doors for good.
Ready to get started?
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