Disaster Plan for Online Business Owners

Show Notes:  Episode 19

As business owners do you have a back-up plan just in case a disaster happens? What would you do if a tornado or lightning strikes? Or if your electric power goes out for days? This episode talks about creating a disaster plan.


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The 8th Level Podcast is about being self-employed, entrepreneurship, and managing our online business. It’s also about connecting to our souls, having the right mindset, and self-care. My name is Lourdes, and I am the host of this show. Thank you for listening to this episode today!

Ok, so today I’m gonna talk about a disaster plan for your online business. What it is, is a plan in case a disaster happens. Just like we plan for emergencies; if there’s a tornado they advise us all to have water, some clothing, some important papers, insurance information, and stuff like that. So for today’s episode, I’m gonna talk about having a disaster plan for a business owner.

So for example, if the electricity goes out, what will you be doing? Do you have a backup plan for that? So have you thought about where to go? For example, you can go to a Starbucks at a different location where the power is running, or even a library at a different location where the power is running. Have you thought about having a backup UPS, like an APC backup UPS that has a surge protection on it? As well as giving me power for about 30 minutes, and that’ll keep my computer running for about 30 minutes or so. Do you have your data backed up? So for example you can back it up to the cloud like Google Drive, Carbonite, even Amazon Drive? As well as having an external hard drive that you can take with you just in case you need to just pop that baby in your computer and access some of your important files.

Also, have a backup or copies of your agreements, client agreement, vendor agreement, and all that stuff too. Now, I use Evernote, and Evernote has an app that’s called Scannable. Scannable will scan any of my paperwork using my phone, and what I love about Scannable is that it adjusts to the image of the paper. So if the paper is a legal size paper, Scannable knows to create that copy and scan it at that size, as well as a regular letter size. And if you wanna back up some receipts and make copies and scan that, guess what? Scannable will adjust to the size of those receipts. I really like Scannable, it’s an app that I downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

You might also wanna have a backup of your contact information. So names, e-mail address, phone numbers of your clients, as well as names and e-mail and phone numbers for your vendors and any of your team member or staff. I know most of us might have that stuff on our phone, and hopefully you do, but you still need to have maybe a paper copy or some kind of backup in the cloud for all that information.

And if you have to evacuate, make sure you have your device chargers, such as chargers for your laptop, your cell phone, maybe even any iPad and tablets that you may use. Also have those portable battery chargers, which are portal and small enough that you can just keep it in the side pocket of your briefcase. Another important thing is to maybe have assigned a team member or members that you can trust and rely on in case an emergency happens in your area and your team member might be living miles away. And make sure that person has information in a binder that tells them what to do, where the files are, who to call. For example if they need to call your clients or your vendors, and anybody else that is important in your business, they need to notify these people. So you might wanna have all that information in that binder. Also, the passwords or stuff like that, that you need to give them access to in order for your business to continue while you’re out of power or out of commission.

And of course, the last thing is make sure you have this in your SOP, Standard Operating Procedure. All this information should still be in there so it’s a backup of that disaster backup plan. Then you’re well covered.

And I hope this episode will help you start to create your disaster emergency plan for your business. And of course, as always, if you have any questions on the disaster plan, contact me at my website at https://8thlevelpodcast.com. And join me next week, when I have a master herbalist that talks about herbalism as a lifestyle!

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About the Host

As a spiritual Business Mentor and Success Coach, Lourdes is passionate about helping spiritual men and women how digital marketing can scale their business by bringing their practices into the online, world.   She’s also a Reiki II Practitioner and Certified Coach.  You’ll get the right mindset, clarity and strategies for business, personal or spiritual guidance without compromising your soul’s mission or your life’s purpose.

If you need clarity, or defining your life’s purpose, visit her business website:   click here for her website at: BlueLarimarCoach.com


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