“It’s never going to happen to my business”, “It costs too much”, “I don’t have the time”. These are just but a few excuses that small business owners make on a daily basis when it comes to discussing creating a disaster recovery plan for their business. When it comes to running a small business, disaster recovery planning is usually low on the priority list of things to do.
Even after an event like Superstorm Sandy, disaster recovery planning is still not a priority for many small business owners. Many businesses affected by Sandy and other disasters in 2012 are still having issues trying to reopen due to the fact that there was no recovery plan in place to help reestablish the business. Although some might think that this would be a wake-up call to other small businesses, unfortunately it is not. Small business owners continue to wear blinders when it comes to preparing their business for a disaster or disruption.
Time and time again history has shown that disasters and disruptions have affected businesses big and small. Whether it’s a major storm, a pipe that busted or a computer hard drive that has crashed, disruptions happen. Businesses that do not have a disaster recovery plan in place will continue to have issues keeping their business open.
Small business owners need to get beyond the excuses and prepare their businesses for any disaster or disruption. The belief that their business will never be affected has to change. It’s not that it’s never going to happen but when will it happen. The idea that it costs too much to prepare a plan needs to change to it would be too costly to attempt to reestablish the business without a plan. The decision not to create a plan because it’s time-consuming should be changed to how time-consuming it will be to reestablish a business without one.
Not making a disaster recovery plan for your small business a priority could mean the difference between reopening it and permanently closing it should a disaster or disruption strike. The time is NOW to create a disaster recovery plan for your business, before that next disaster or disruption strikes. Take the first step by seeing how ready your business now is by downloading this Operational Preparedness Assessment.
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