As a small business owner, you may have worried about all of the what-ifs that come into play if a disaster were to occur. Exactly what does it mean when we talk about a disaster? It may 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. Create 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 fast as possible.
Decide What’s Important
First off, figure out 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 should help you determine what you need to back up. Choosing an online provider or storing your data in the cloud can be the best way to ensure you can access your data quickly.
Make a Plan
The second step is determining the steps that must be taken to get your company back on its feet as quickly as possible. Consider the worst possible scenario and the way to recover from that. Which systems need to be recovered first and what technology is going to be required to do this?
Know Your Workflows
I’m sure you have a general understanding of the way your company is run, but knowing every single process is almost impossible. That’s why you have employees. Have your employees document their workflows so that any team member can execute the tasks in case of an emergency.
Decide Who is in Charge
Depending on the type of disaster you go through, your employees could panic. Before this happens, choose one levelheaded person in the organization to be “in charge” of the disaster recovery plan. They should know the plan as well as you do and possibly have helped you develop it. This will be 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.
Disaster can happen to anyone! So before it does, develop a good plan so that you know what to do. It will make both your employees and you feel more secure.