Disaster Planning – Keeping your business running

Hamish Mexted Business Strategy & Planning, Odds & Ends

Power down, no network coverage, limited access to a premises – are you prepared if any of this happens?

I’m going to sound like a broken record but plan for the worst so when it happens, you know exactly what to do. When a disaster hits, do you know what parts of your business are critical for its continuity? It’s important to identify, plan and prepare for the worst case and if you can do this, you’ll be miles ahead of most other business owners.

Create a Plan

Processes

Identify the important processes in your business. These can include Management, Operational and Supporting processes. Outline the essential areas in each of these processes so that when a disaster strikes, you know what your ‘go-to’ is and where to allocate resources.

Resources

Once you’ve outlined the critical processes in your business, you’ll need to plan what resources will be needed to keep these processes going. Not only plan what resources you’ll need, but how to protect these resources in a cost effective way.

It is also important in this stage to plan a resource recovery process. This will set out where these resources will be, and how you will get them in the event of a disaster.

Practice

A plan is pointless unless you have practiced it. And when I say “you”, I don’t mean you personally, I mean you as a business. Your staff need to know what to do and how to do it in your absence.

This is especially important if a disaster strikes and you can’t be reached.

Quick Tip!

The cloud….a scary an unknown concept to many people. Although, the cloud is a great way for disaster preparedness. Cloud computing suppliers have people monitoring and looking after your data 24/7, and the brilliant thing is that it can be accessed from almost anywhere.

Those clients that are on Xero are already part of the way to being prepared. Xero is one of these cloud computing suppliers!

Food for thought….isn’t it?

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