So this week I have had poorly children who needed time at home instead of school. I am very lucky to be self employed and work at home and therefore this doesn’t cause major juggling acts in our house anymore! Yes I couldn’t work as much as I would have done if they were in school (but who can complain about watching movies under a quilt on the sofa?!) and it meant pulling a couple of late nights to make sure I didn’t fall behind on my client work, but that was all, no major disaster!
It did get me thinking about other businesses that aren’t home based and how they cope when they need to make sudden unforeseen changes to their daily or weekly plans.
My Top Business back up plans…………
- Plan ahead! Look at your business model and foresee what could go wrong and plan for it.
- Make sure someone you trust also knows your back up plans and important contact numbers in case you yourself aren’t able to put these plans into action (fingers, toes and everything else crossed that this won’t happen!!)
- Have someone you trust that can step in as a back up – someone to call upon at a moments notice to avoid disasters such as letting your customers down.
- Be honest – if you really can’t avoid disruption to your business and you have no choice but to let a customer down, make sure you are completely honest with your reasons, give them as much notice as possible and have alternative dates / plans / offers ready to help soften the blow!
Do you have any other top tips? I’d love to read them in the comments below!