I’m amazed at how many of my small business clients don’t treat their fledgling companies like a real business. By that I don’t mean that they should have a matched 401k, pension plan and a company Christmas party. I simply mean that they don’t realize that some of the needs of big business are exactly the same as their own needs.
When pressed, most tell me that their business doesn’t have the resources to fulfill all of these needs. That’s when I tell them that they might need to pick and choose, but some needs are universal and have to be addressed for the long-term survivability of the business.
One of the most critical of these is some sort of disaster recovery plan.
“But that’s for big businesses. I’m just one guy with one laptop and a dinky office.”
I hear that quite a bit, believe me. See how this scenario plays out for your small business:
I was sitting down talking to Jared about his small business IT needs and he had given me some of the arguments above. I do business with Jared myself, as I’ve grown to trust him as well as he trusts me.
“Jared, I don’t think I got your invoice from last month and I want to get you a check. Can you tell me how much I owe you?” I asked.
“Sure, just let me…”
I interrupted him by pushing the lid of his laptop closed.
“Sorry, your hard drive just crashed.”
Jared looked at me, smiling at my joke.
“No, really, what are you going to do now?” I asked.
Jared paused for a second, so I pushed him further.
“What else can’t you do, and how long until you would be able to do those things again?”
So I’m asking that question of all small business owners. “What can’t you do, and how long until you would be able to do it again?”
Maybe “Disaster Recovery Plan” sounds too much like a big business thing. Let’s just take that first step to getting there, data backup. A solid backup plan should be just as important as liability insurance, good accounting and customer service to a business.
If you’re like most of the small businesses I work with, something you definitely will be looking for is a plan that doesn’t require you to put on another hat. You wear enough already. This is why I push most of my clients toward an online backup solution. Install, choose what to backup, look at the reports. It couldn’t be much easier than that.
— The Backup Master