Archive for February, 2007

Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 | Small Business Management with No Comments »

What if you instantly had to pick up and go away in an emergency.  Who would call your clients?  Who would reschedule them?  How would invoices get out for the month?  Or do you plan to shut down for a week or two until you can get back to work.  What if you need more time?

Of course, we don’t like to think of these things.  Life happens and being prepared can be useful in tough times.  How can you prepare for something like this?  Put together a business operations manual.  It has all your business processes.  All the routine parts of your business are in a file and printed out for someone to take over when needed. 

Keep your processes up to date.  Have your VA keep an updated copy and send it to you once a month or so.  Talk with your Lawyer about having a clause in your client contract that allows someone to come in and take over if needed. 

An operations manual is great for emergencies, for training your VA’s, and for keeping those who work with you up to date on your vision.  Be prepared and organized.  At the point you need help, it will be easy to ask for it and not worry about whether you have all your ducks in a row.  You’ll KNOW.