Businesses face a diverse range of obstacles and challenges. Succeeding in business requires careful planning and the ability to adjust and adapt to an ever-changing landscape. As companies seek to thrive in the post-lockdown era, the importance of keeping the operations running has become clearer than ever before. Here are some tips to help your business avoid common disruptions.
Reducing the risk of downtime
Statistics suggest that downtime can cost the average businesses more than $5,000 per minute. With the majority of companies operating online, and more and more customers buying products and sourcing information on the web, it’s crucial for businesses to be aware of the consequences of going offline and to take steps to minimize risks. If you don’t have an in-house IT team, it’s worth looking into outsourcing network support to ensure you have access to expertise that will help you secure your systems and take advantage of efficient, innovative solutions that will save you time and money. Downtime can result in lost sales, but perhaps more importantly, it can tarnish your reputation.
Solving staffing problems
If you suddenly had an influx of orders, or a large number of employees taking sick leave, would you be able to cope? Unexpected scenarios can unfold in business, and there is always a possibility that you might find yourself short-staffed. The COVID-19 crisis has underlined the importance of having flexible solutions at your fingertips and being able to put plan B into action. Whether you have an office-based team, or you have a small core group of employees, which is propped up by temps or freelancers, it’s wise to have a contingency plan in place to provide cover if you do find yourself dealing with a large order, a virus or logistical problems that prevent people from getting into work. Remote working has come to the fore in recent months, and it enables businesses to be more flexible and adaptable. More and more employers are also outsourcing and making use of short-term employment options.
2020 has taught us that nobody really knows what is around the corner. Disasters happen, and often, businesses can bear the brunt. Investing in insurance is a means of protecting your assets and your livelihood. If you have insurance, and your store or office is hit by a hurricane, for example, you can make a claim. Check the terms of your insurance policies carefully, shop around to compare deals and consider paying more for a more comprehensive, robust plan. It’s worth analyzing different policies if your current plan is due for renewal. You could save money or find a policy that offers better value for money if you switch.
Businesses face challenges on a continual basis. Sometimes, there is no way of avoiding trouble, but often, there are steps you can take to minimize disruptions and keep the cogs turning. Outline potential obstacles, draw up contingency plans, invest in insurance and services to protect your business and make sure you’re ready to act if your premises are damaged, your workforce can’t get to the office, or you have a lot of members of staff off sick.