Wed 22 Oct 2008
3 Great Tips for Making a Small Business Emergency Plan
When you operate a small business you are often an essential cog in the daily operations. In fact, it is not uncommon for a small business owner to be their only employee.
Contrary to popular belief owning and operating a small business often leaves you less room for navigating personal emergencies.
Without sick days and co-workers, there is often no one else to keep things running smoothly in the event of a personal crisis.
Unfortunately, people get sick and crises can occur. Developing a backup plan should an emergency arise is one of the smartest things a small business owner can do.
If you have an emergency plan in place, your business won't spiral out of control in the event of your absence. There are many things that you can do to emergency proof your small business.
Here are 3 solid ideas you can use to develop your emergency plan.
- Go wireless. Have contact numbers and important files readily available on some type of wireless device.
A PDA or laptop can be invaluable in times of crisis.
- Have an employee or family member that you can train with basic information should someone need to take over vital business functions temporarily.
This can also be a virtual secretary or assistant you use only as needed.
- Keep important information on disc so that you can access it in another location should you not have access to your computer or wireless device.
Additionally, keep contact numbers in a planner or notebook just in case you can't access your wireless device or PC.
Emergencies happen; following the tips above will ensure that one won't cripple your business.