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By Rieva Lesonsky
As the nation follows the events in the wake of the major earthquake in Japan, one thing that comes to mind for a small business owner is “How would my business be affected by an event this big?” But a disaster doesn’t have to be a 9.0 on the Richter scale to affect your business in just as damaging a fashion. A burst pipe that floods your building or a fire that breaks out in your office park can have devastating effects if you’re not prepared.
Here are some steps to take:
Create a disaster plan. What should employees do if a disaster occurs while they’re in the office? Figure out how you’ll get everyone out, who will be in charge and where the safest area to evacuate to might be. Depending on the types of natural disasters in your area, you may want to store some extra food, water, flashlights and other emergency supplies in case people can’t leave your location.
Create a communication plan. If you can’t access your office or store, what will you do? Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to run your business from anywhere these days. Create a backup plan for how you and your employees would communicate with each other in an emergency. How would you handle customer calls or inquiries?
Back up your data. The key puzzle piece in running your business remotely is having access to your data. Today’s “cloud computing” backup solutions not only back up your critical data online (so it’s safe from any mishaps that occur in your office), but many of them also make it accessible to you from anywhere in the world.
Make sure you’re covered. Talk to your business’s insurance agent to make sure you have adequate coverage. Many entrepreneurs forget to update insurance as their businesses grow, so the coverage you signed up for five years ago may no longer be enough for your needs. Some insurers also offer business income interruption and extra expense insurance, which may replace lost income when your business goes through downtime due to a covered disaster.
Spread the wealth. Disasters in another part of the country or world can bring your business to a halt if a key supplier is affected. To prevent this, never buy all your products or supplies from one supplier. Spread them around to different parts of the country, so you have a backup in case one vendor can’t meet your needs. Before doing business with a new supplier, it’s also smart to ask what disaster plans they have in place.
More businesses are seeking greater mobility and are opting for computer tablets over laptops, according to a recent study from Robert Half Technology.
The study shows that companies expect to increase tablet usage by 50 percent within the next two years.
“Tablets are simply more mobile,” says Soowan Scheuermann, marketing manager for the staffing firm. “They’re lighter and smaller. It’s more feasible to carry around a tablet to make notes than it is with a laptop.”
Companies have plenty to choose from in tablets too as tech companies continue to introduce new models ever since Apple recreated the tablet market with the launch of its iPad in 2009. Apple had sold nearly 15 million iPads through December 2010. But besides Apple’s iPad 2, which recently debuted, companies such as Motorola, Acer, Samsung, LG, Blackberry, and HTC also are launching tablets.
Goldman Sachs estimates that overall tablet sales would increase by 500 percent in 2011.
Source: “Laptops Gather Dust as Business Turns to Tablets,” San Antonio Express-News (March 10, 2011)
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