Preparing Your Business to Weather the Storm

Preparing your business to weather the storm, savvy girl fridayI decided to write this article while I prepare for snow storm 2014 on the east coast.  A few years ago we had a situation similar to this upcoming snow storm.  The weatherman stated the storm would be in and out in a couple of hours. Well, it decided to stick around, and it snowed for 24 hours straight. We lost power at the worst time.  It's a chore to try to prepare your business in the mist of a storm. I learned my lesson.

My Dilemma

At the time, I was doing  some freelance work  for someone on the west coast, and I really needed to get the finished product to them. Due to the power failure it seemed impossible. My laptop was dead, but the phone lines were still working. Yes, I had dial-up at that time. :-)  I remembered my husband had an inverter in his truck so I put my jacket on and headed to the truck with my two 100 foot phone lines in tow. I was able to power up my laptop and send the work to the client. Ever since that day I have had what I call my "Go kit" ready for times like these.

Go Kit

Since I now run a full-time virtual assistant business, I put together a kit to aid me in emergencies. Here's what I have in it:

Verizon MiFi Inverter (I really like the one I have. It has a plug for a cell phone charger) External SmartPhone Charger (I love this thing) Laptop Cables for cell phone, tablet etc. Flash drive

Since I put my go kit together, I have had to use it a few times. I'm glad I decided to do this  because I've been able to keep things flowing as normal despite the weather.

I would love to hear how you have prepared your business weather the storm.

 "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." --Collin Powell

 

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