Published On: Tue, Dec 19th, 2017

How To Disaster-Proof Your Business And Minimise Downtime

How To Disaster-Proof Your Business And Minimise Downtime

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A successful business needs to be able to keep its doors open to trade no matter what disasters it faces. Some of the most common disasters that can cause downtime include power cuts, ransomware attacks, natural disasters, burglaries and fires. Whilst it’s impossible to prevent many of these disasters, it is possible to put some measures in place to make recovery easier. Here are just a few examples.


Get on the cloud

Having all your files stored on a local server or on a PC hard-drive can put your business at huge risk. If this hardware is stolen or destroyed, you have no way of getting those files back and keeping your business going. Backing up your files remotely on a cloud server can keep them more secure. If your premises burns down or a burglar steals your computers or a hacker encrypts your files and holds them ransom, you can still access all your files using your backed-up cloud data from another computer. All the information to keep your business running can then be accessed straight away, reducing downtime and keeping your business afloat. It could be worth trying a work from home day to test how you and your team would deal with such a disaster, having to solely work off the cloud and not having a premises to work from.


Invest in a backup generator

Power cuts may be a temporary disaster but they can often shut down a business for hours. Almost everything is now done digitally, leaving few tasks left for when there is a power outage. A good way to cope with these power cuts is to invest in a backup generator. This could run off propane or even solar energy, allowing you to keep running during emergencies in which you’re cut off from the mains.


Look into non-invasive repair methods

Many standard plumbing and electrics repairs can cause a business to temporarily have to shut down. These can often be avoided by choosing specialist non-invasive methods. For example, if you need to repair sewerage piping it could be worth researching for trenchless sewer line replacement. If your business only operates during the day, there are also 24 hours handyman services to consider that could help to fix a problem overnight when there are no clients in your premises.


Insure yourself

Recovery costs after a disaster can often be expensive. For some businesses, these costs can be too much. A good way to cover these costs is by taking out the right insurance schemes. You can’t insure yourself against every possible disaster, but it could be worth insuring yourself against those that are the biggest risk. Property insurance is recommended for protecting you against burglary, fire damage and potentially storm damage. A cyber-insurance scheme meanwhile could be beneficial for protecting you against hacks, which are also becoming increasingly common amongst small businesses these days.



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