As a small business owner, you may have worried about all the what-ifs that could come into play if a disaster were to occur. What does it mean when we talk about a disaster? It can mean a natural disaster destroying all your data, a simple download of a virus that corrupts your systems, or an employee accidently deleting something they shouldn’t have. No matter what happens it can be hard and time intensive to recover from. Establish a disaster recovery plan to ensure that if the time ever comes, you have a plan in place so that you can get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Decide What’s Important
First off, decide what data is the most critical to get your company back up and running. What information needs to be backed up and saved and what can you afford to lose? This will help you figure out what you have to back up. Choosing an online provider or storing your data in the cloud can be the best way to make sure you can access your data quickly.
Make a Plan
Next, decide what steps need to be taken to restore that data that is lost in case a disaster strikes? What data and systems need to be up and running first? Start with the worst possible scenario and decide what’s needed.
Know Your Workflows
While you have the overall picture of how your organization runs, you probably don’t know each and every process everyone does. Have your employees document the processes and workflows they perform to execute tasks for the company. In case of something tragic, anybody can read the process document and preform an important task.
Decide Who is in Charge
Depending on the kind of disaster you go through, your employees could panic. Before this happens, choose one levelheaded person in the company to be “in charge” of the disaster recovery plan. They ought to know the plan as well as you do and possibly have helped you create it. This is the individual you turn to for execution of the plan, so that you can be the strong leader your employees need at a time such as this.
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.