I mean your entrepreneurial back. Entrepreneurs, Solo-Preneurs and Small Business Owners – in many cases they mean the same thing – a One Woman (or Man) show.
When you hold this much responsibility, one of the top things you need in place for your business is a Backup System, and I am not referring strictly to your computer, but all the other parts of your business.
The best way to determine how much of a system you require is to imagine yourself getting hit by a bus.
Now, you could end up seriously hurt, I am not wishing for that but what if it happened?
Keep imagining…if you are in a hospital bed unable to access your computer, office or do anything…what would happen to your business?
For many, without a backup system, it would be chaos. And much more so for your clients than you. Unanswered phones, emails, support calls – nothing is getting done because you are in a hospital bed.
The type of backup plan you need in place depends on what is NOT going to get done if you were not there to do it.
You need to create a system so that, if this happens, there are people that can step in and, at the very least, contact your clients and let them know what has happened. Depending upon your business or service, you may need more than this, you may require someone with access to client projects and work, and can hand this information back to the client if the bus accident was very serious. If you cannot tend to the clients, as loyal as they are, they also have their own business / life and that will have to continue on. It is your responsibility to make certain there is a backup plan so that they don’t have to worry. Your family will have less worry and stress as well, especially if you have people hounding them for information that they simply do not have.
- Start by picking a trusted person to help with your backup plan.
- Then, create a master list of access codes and passwords. Someone may need to get in your email. (In my business, we run the business primarily through email. If those were not accessible, it would be chaos.)
- Create a document that details what would need to be done to keep business moving or to get in touch with clients.
- Give the trusted person access or access to a place where these codes / plans are.
- Create a list of what needs to happen should you be unable to do anything.
From here, there could be a few more steps or a long list of steps – it is all dependent upon the business. But definitely get something in place. Someone has got to have your back for the times situations like this can occur.
Backup systems are not just for your hard drive!