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When it All Goes Wrong: Keeping Your Business Running When Things Get Tough

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If recent history has proven anything, it’s shown that things can take a surprising turn very quickly. As a business owner or entrepreneur, your success depends on your ability to roll with the punches when the unexpected happens. 

For brick-and-mortar, non-essential retail owners, it’s become apparent how quickly a public health crisis can upend years of hard work.  On the other end of the spectrum, web-based retailers and service providers are seeing unprecedented demand. Lockdowns and quarantines keep large swaths of the population at home. While it may be hard to imagine it now, there are also a host of everyday crises unrelated to pandemics and resulting economic volatility. While it’s not possible to completely disaster-proof your business venture, you can take steps to prepare for or even prevent some of the more common catastrophes. 

Mitigating Risk and Preparing Your Business for an Emergency

Looking for pitfalls and obstacles is no one’s idea of a good time. But, spotting potential problems before they erupt can stave off the worst, should things go sideways. Because no two business ventures are alike, there’s no one-size-fits-all list for emergency preparedness. You’ll have to take a closer look at how your business functions while acknowledging things which could evolve into problems down the line. Then, adjust accordingly.

What’s the worst thing that could happen in the course of a work day? If losing files or information would be a high-level emergency, it’s time to explore cloud storage options. Your disaster planning list should be focused on what you do. Then create a strategy around the tools you must have access to in order to execute it properly. Look for areas where you’re already treading water, or things that you might be struggling with on a good day. These are things you’ll need to examine closely in order to game potential emergency scenarios. 

Boosting Your Staying Power with Strategic Planning

For many business owners, the absolute worst-case scenario is being sidelined with an illness or injury, because they’re the only one working to make a dream come true. Solopreneurs and employee-free business owners can’t afford to take a sick day because there’s no one capable of picking up the slack. In these cases, a single virtual assistant can not only save the day, but also your entire business. 

The wrong emergency at the wrong time has the potential to have a devastating impact on your business venture. Figuring out what could go wrong isn’t always easy. But, preparing in advance is far more efficient than trying to pick up the pieces after a work disaster. 

Posted on January 19th, 2021 by Client Advocate Team

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