Avoiding Disaster In Your Small Business

Being a small business owner is hard enough already, so avoiding disaster is paramount. Disasters cost money, take time away from making a profit, and force you to navigate a ton of energy that will tire you out. 

But did you know avoiding disaster is easy when you see it coming? Indeed, with just a bit of prep work, you can end your first year in business without having to fork out for a data breach, equipment failure, or someone serving a lawsuit.

Invest in Your Digital Infrastructure

Hackers, and any other kind of outside intrusion, can make their way in without you knowing. Because of this, if you’ve not already got a secure server to store your data in, now’s the time to invest in one. 

You don’t want any files to go missing or your encryption layer to be cracked, so check on this setup every few months. The world of data breaches is constantly evolving, and you must be current. 

Train Your Employees

Training employees is the best way to reduce the chances of accidents in the workplace. Work will go smoothly if someone knows how to use the machinery around the office, shop, or factory floor. 

Sure, there may be an occasional accident, but they will be small and easy to deal with. So take some time to institute a good training program; you may have to personally oversee it yourself to ensure you can put faith in the skills of your employees. 

Know Who to Call

Physical disasters are the worst. Data can be recovered, and breaches can be patched over, but an office fire or flood can lead to irreversible damage. So, even if you’ve never needed their services, look up what’s available in your area and get some contact details. 

You never know when you might need a Commercial Roofing Contractor on call thanks to some very bad weather or if you’ll need an IT support team filing in to troubleshoot a faulty network. Act fast here is key; if you know who to call, you won’t be forking out for those pesky downtime costs! 

Regularly Check in with a Risk Assessment

They’re in the health and safety manual for a reason! And even when you’re only in an office, you must perform risk assessments at least once a year. People could get hurt thanks to negligence in all ways, and an annual risk assessment will point out hazardous areas when you need to know about them. 

Never skip a risk assessment – disasters can strike at any time, and at the very least, you’ll need to prove you did everything you could to avoid one. 

A disaster can be the end of a small business. Make sure it won’t seal the deal for your own.

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Todd Smekens

Journalist, consultant, publisher, and servant-leader with a passion for truth-seeking. Enjoy motorcycling, meditation, and spending quality time with my daughter and rescue hound. Spiritually-centered first and foremost. Lived in multiple states within the USA and frequent traveler to the mountains.

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