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Prepare for the Worst

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 7, 2005

A disaster could strike your micro-business at any time. To prepare for disasters ranging from natural causes to burglary, make sure you have answers to these questions:

• Do you have your computer information backed up?

• Do you have a list of your customers’ contact information that you can access offsite?

• Do you know your competitors in the surrounding area, which may be able to service clients while you recover?

• What are the tools of your trade, and how can you buy or rent them quickly?

• Does your homeowner’s insurance policy cover business losses?

• Has someone else read and evaluated your plan?

• Have you refreshed the plan in the last year?

• Do your employees know the disaster plan?

Gene Fairbrother
ShopTalk 800® Business Consultant
National Association for the Self-Employed

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