How to Create a Disaster Plan

Source: Wall Street Journal
Date: 12/29/2009
Author: Colleen DeBaise


Adapted from the upcoming book THE WALL STREET JOURNAL COMPLETE SMALL BUSINESS GUIDEBOOK by Colleen DeBaise, (Three Rivers Press, Dec. 29, 2009).

No matter how good you are as a businessperson and manager, there will always be circumstances beyond your control that can affect your business.

No one likes to think about such large-scale catastrophes as devastating hurricanes, earthquakes or — in today’s world — terrorist attacks. Fortunately, those events are rare, but smaller “disasters,” such as computer crashes and power outages, can wreak havoc on a small firm.

Preparing for the worst can help minimize the risk. Sample disaster plans are widely available on the Internet, including the SBA’s Web site, and can be customized for your business needs.

Here’s a short list of how to prepare to best protect your business, should disaster strike:

Read the full list of things to do when disaster strikes>

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