If you’re a small business owner, you’re probably aware that disasters can happen. Disasters can come in many forms. What happens if there is an earthquake, flood, or some other natural disaster that eradicates all of your data? What if a well-meaning employee mistakenly erases a crucial file? What if you download a virus that destroys important documents? All of these what-ifs can have you dizzy and anxious. That’s why it’s imperative that you develop a strong disaster recovery plan.
Decide What’s Important
The first step is knowing what you have and what’s essential. Take an inventory of all the data that is critical for your organization to run. This will lead you to the data that needs to be backed up. Utilizing an online provider or the cloud to store all of your data is one way to guarantee data recovery if your hard drive crashes and burns.
Make a Plan
Your next step is to contemplate what steps you should take if something happens. Start with the worst possible scenario and create a plan for that. What technology do you need if everything is destroyed, what data, and what systems need to be back up ASAP? Write down all of these in order of importance.
Know Your Workflows
While you have the big picture of how your company runs, you probably don’t know every single process everyone does. Have your staff document the processes and workflows they perform to execute tasks for the company. In the event of something tragic, anybody can read the process document and preform an important task.
Decide Who is in Charge
I’m sure you have the big picture of your company processes, but think about all the day-to-day processes that you don’t have memorized? Ask your workers to document their workflows and the exact tasks they preform. This way, if something does happen, anybody can pick up where they left off and nothing gets looked over.
When we hear of disaster people often think it can’t happen to them, but we never know what is around the corner. It’s important to be prepared. Having a strong disaster recovery plan will not only make you feel more secure, but will comfort your employees as well.