Disaster-Proof Your Small Business

Small businesses should prepare for whatever natural or man-made disasters are on the horizon.

By on May 29, 2013

For a small business owner, shutting down operations has a big impact on his or her bottom line. Natural disasters strike with little notice, but if a small business is prepared, the impact can be minimized.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy cost businesses nearly $20 billion. Damaged roads, bridges and power lines left businesses severed from the outside world. With business continuity solutions, the power to prevent costly shutdowns is placed in the hands of the business owner to develop a continuity plan that helps them avoid interruption to their operations.

Here are a few tools to consider:

With cloud-based solutions, employees can access important files from any location. Whether your office building is damaged, shut down for the day or for many weeks, employees can still access documents and records to keep serving clients and to ensure suppliers and vendors are cared for as well.

Increasingly, tablets help employees access information remotely so they can keep appointments, meet with clients and process payments all from a makeshift office location. Many apps are easier to navigate on a tablet, and having one frees the smartphone for important business calls to take place at the same time.

To ensure you have a consistent, high-speed connection, a 4G LTE-enabled router, such as the Verizon 4G LTE router, can provide up to 20 Wi-Fi capable connections and four wired connections for your employees at a remote work site. The router combines high-speed functionality with the benefit of easy portability.

No small business owner wants to think about disaster striking their community. However, with wireless technology and business continuity solutions, small businesses can now be prepared for anything so they can always perform at their best.