When a disaster happens to someone else's business, you consider how it could affect your own. As a smart, responsible business owner, you'll do everything possible to prepare for this emergency disaster. Preplanning helps you to reduce any fears and anxieties. Here are 3 ways to safeguard your business from a possible disaster.
Have Time for Rest
When people worry about impending doom, they tend to work harder than they need to. Many work overtime as they worry nonstop about their finances and how they'll make ends meet. In between your work hours, take long, meaningful breaks. After the workday ends, make time for at least seven hours of sleep.
Resting while you're working is important. On your next break, you may lay down on the couch, enjoy a peaceful walk or read a few pages from a favorite book. While you rest, you take yourself out of a stressful, fast-paced situation and clear your mind, even if it's temporary.
Make a Disaster Relief Plan
Plan for a disaster by deciding how you and your staff will handle its aftereffects. Make a disaster relief plan with detailed steps on how to handle every type of emergency for every disaster from fire to theft. When you develop a plan that tells you exactly what to do and how not to panic, you and your team members have a more positive approach to a disaster that could occur.
Include information about your business's insurance policies. First, review your current policies to see if you have adequate coverage for possible property damages, business interruptions, workers' compensation, etc. An insurance broker is available to help you choose the right plans, if necessary. After a disaster occurs, you or your coworkers need to contact your business's insurance providers immediately and obtain payments to cover the damages.
Build an Emergency Savings Fund
As part of your disaster recovery, build an emergency savings fund to use in case of a catastrophe. This could be a simple savings account with compounded interest. There are high-yield savings accounts that provide significantly more interest than regular savings accounts. There are also money market accounts and certificates of deposit (CDs) that each have unique advantages and disadvantages. Overall, contribute at least 10% of your business's earnings to emergency savings.
Preparing for a natural or manmade disaster is not difficult, but the only problem is that few people do it. It takes only a short amount of time to research and create a plan that mitigates the effects of any disaster. You'll have far less anxiety and fewer worries with an effective plan that works.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.