As I was debating on what awesomeness I would bring you this week… I was thinking about the Tropical Storm Bill that was hanging out in the Gulf. I was thinking, what if I lose power, what do I need to do so my business goes uninterrupted. This made me think of all of the other things I have to consider as a business owner when Mother Nature strikes and thought I’d share with you all.
Do you have a plan?
Obviously we can’t control the weather and when it will occur but it’s never convenient so do you have a plan? If you were to lose power for a day, do you have a Plan B place to work, if you work from a home office? What if you lost power for a week – how would you get stuff done?
Power surge and back up
Power is one of my biggest concerns because I work online, or on a computer for all of my hours. I have backups of my work on an external hard drive, some stuff in Dropbox and then also everything backed up using CrashPlan. So, I can take my laptop or even get to my stuff on someone else’s computer, like the library, if I had to. What about you? Do you have backups of your files, client data, or whatever it is that you do and need?
Flooding drama or house fire
If your home became a big old swimming pool and it devoured your desktop… quick, grab the laptop! However, as noted above, I am quite able to pull up my emails, my client data, my invoicing all at a computer safely in a library or anywhere else. What about you?
Heaven Forbid – you become ill
Then I got to thinking, what if I got in another motorcycle accident, but worse, to where I couldn’t work. Do I have a backup plan for that, not yet, but made me think about it not only for my clients and my obligations but also about income. Luckily, the majority (I think all) I have built a great relationship with so they might understand a slight delay in certain work, but for long term, I’d have to consider alternatives.
One good thing that I was able to ascertain was if I lost power for a few days and not able to get out to another power source, or unexpectedly wasn’t able to work, my services would be covered. When I post for social, I always am posting a week ahead and when working in SEO and PPC services, it is something that is done a few times a month, or on a weekly basis, so I would be covered.
Bottom line…Do you have a plan B for your business in the case of illness or Mother Nature? Click To Tweet
As entrepreneurs, where we are likely the only person working our business, it is helpful to have a plan B. As in other blogs, your time is precious, so be sure you are spending your time where you make your most money. In these situations, you would be able to rely on others to get parts of your work done and would just have to worry about what service you provide.
- your plan B
- other sources for outsourcing or backups for those folks
- alternative places to do your work
- backups of your office/client files and other data, offsite yet accessible in a pinch
- financial plan, like long or short term disability in the event of illness
- work ahead and not behind
Every industry is a little different so what things have you had to consider or now consider for your plan B? Contact me with any questions and if you’d like to consider A Visual Business as one of your back up outsourcing needs for social, website, search engine optimization, paid advertising or other marketing needs.