If you own your own business, congratulations! Gone are the days of working to make money for someone else. That said, being your own boss is not all pastries and unicorns. Being an entrepreneur, as you are well aware of by now, involves a tenacity and a willingness to do what most of the population is unwilling to do: living for your craft.
Granted, there are people like Richard Branson, who give the impression that they hang out at the beach all day while their companies run like well-oiled machines. But until you get to that stage, you have to toil around the clock. That is until an unexpected event forces you to interrupt operations: A natural disaster, a power outage, a cyber attack. Do you have a plan in place to ensure business continuity?
What to include in a Business Continuity Plan
Your plan should include easy to follow instructions for each of your team members. The last thing you need in times of crisis is for 20 people to ask you at the same time about what they should be doing. Also, make sure to do the following:
Back up all of your work.
This should come as second nature, but considering that everyone and their mother still freaks out whenever they think they lost some work, there are still a lot of people who are not doing this regularly. Don’t just save things in your computer. Use a server or cloud-based storage. Not only will this help your business in case of emergency, it also makes you less of a perfect target for things like Ransomware. Now, if you decide to keep everything in an on-site server, keep in mind that in the event of a local natural disaster, that may be damaged or destroyed. So have a back up to your back up.
Make a list of potential threats and address each one of them.
The best way to prepare is to have an idea of what could go wrong in the first place. This is why it’s so important to do regular health checks on your cybersecurity. This way, you can discover vulnerabilities and fix them before any damage is done in the first place. Stop putting this off and get a good IT person to do this for you. Also, know how you’re going to waterproof and store electronics safely and who’s in charge of getting this done.
Designate an A-Team.
Who are the crucial people to keep your company running? Coordinate with them about what to do in case of a natural disaster or cybersecurity issues: Have a point of contact. Know beforehand who’s going to be in charge of restoring your IT systems. Who’s in charge of getting in touch with your business insurance company? Who’s in charge of fielding phone calls from clients? Who’s calling essential vendors? Who’s contacting all of the pertinent agencies and companies for aid and repairs? All of this needs to be outlined and everyone needs to know their respective roles before there’s even reason to worry that there might be a business interruption.
You’ve invested a lot of time, sleepless nights, money, and probably even risked relationships to establish your business and getting some traction. Don’t let a hurricane or virus destroy everything you’ve worked so hard for. And if you need assistance in preventive IT measures, contact us. We’d be happy to help.