Has Your Small Business Planned for Potential Disasters?

Crisis and disaster planning is definitely something that all businesses should consider.  While data security and data backup are important, there are other things to consider as well.  What would happen in the event of a flood or fire that took out your office space?  The data can be stored elsewhere, but what would you do to make sure that you don’t lose any of your client base?  This is not usually something that the insurance company will account for, so it is important to have a backup place in place to prevent an interruption in your business operation.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Will you have a place that you can run your business from on a temporary basis?  Good options may be a friend’s house or a short term office.
  • How long will you have to wait to get more materials and supplies?  It is a good idea to talk to your suppliers about your stock options to make sure that they have a certain amount in stock at all times for you.
  • Could you rent the machinery that you need until you can replace what you lost?  Have a plan for renting the machinery that you need so you aren’t stressed trying to figure it out after a disaster.
  • Could your employees work from their home?  Look into certain online technologies that can help this to be a possibility.
  • Could you outsource any of your job tasks?  Look into a virtual assistant in your local area that would be available to help you.

There are definitely more questions that you should ask yourself, but this will help you get started.  Think about what you would face if there were a fire or a flood in your business, and you will likely know what questions to ask yourself.  Make sure that you keep your disaster plan stored somewhere safe, such as an online storage spot.