Being a self-employed business owner, I know first-hand when something happens to my computer or internet connection, my work stops. It creates quite a stressful situation. I am unable to get tasks done, for my client and myself. So, having reliable digital backup strategies are a necessity.
You may think I am exaggerating, but the reality is no computer is 100% unbreakable. Updates, viruses, malware and Internet outages can wreak havoc on our daily schedule and consume your precious time. To help you keep your tasks on schedule, here are digital backup strategies to protect your small business.
Digital backup strategies to help your business
You should have several ways to reach your website and other relevant sites. If you have a tablet, you should add your login page to your tablet browser. If you use QuickBooks Online, you should have the app installed on your tablet as well. There should always be at least another few ways to reach your sites just in case the main way, breaks or is not accessible.
Always have your computer setup to backup to an external server automatically. You can have your computer backing up regularly to Dropbox or a physical in-house network attached storage (NAS) device. This way you don’t have to worry that data will be lost.
Emails should be in two places. If you have email downloaded into an email client like Outlook, make sure your emails do not get erased from your email provider. This way, if you need to find a recent email, you will have an another area to look.
Make sure your frequently used apps are on all different devices. If you use one app every day and have a tablet and a phone, make sure it is on both.
Remember dial-up internet? Occasionally your home wi-fi or internet provider will suffer an outage or failure. If your tablet or smartphone has a mobile data plan, it can be helpful for when your home internet goes down. Many smartphones can be tethered to your computer, so you will be able to use it as an internet access for your computer.
Online Software applications should be in one place. All your purchased software CDs should be in a safe and dry place, just in case you need to reinstall it. Bookmark the support page from the software’s website in the browser will help you find the answers on your issues quicker.
Have an extra computer. When buying your new computer, keep your old one and have it loaded with all your apps and browsers you use. If something goes wrong with your newer computer, you have a spare. The only downside is you need to keep your antivirus and malware software updated.
Find a superb tech person or company. When you can’t do it yourself, having a person you trust can make a scary situation a lot easier to handle.
I hope these backup strategies help you get a system in place for your small business. Have you thought of your backup plan? Do you have any backup plans in place? Please share any tips below.