As winter storms prevail in the Northeast region, business owners can’t help but worry about the detriments of resulting power outages. Power outages disable small businesses from running smoothly and it can cost thousands to cope with the loss of critical business files. In fact, a recent study by IDC found that unplanned downtime from these types of disruptions can cost a small business anywhere from $82,200 to $256,000.
The good news is, there are ways to prepare for disasters like these, and your business doesn’t have to suffer.
Here are five tech tips to help you keep your business running smoothly during a power outage:
1. Get a cloud backup and recovery solution. Automatic cloud backup and recovery solutions like Carbonite will help you protect all of your important documents in the case of a power outage. How? We keep a secure, up-to-date copy of your files in the cloud, so you can get them back at any time – even if your computer dies.
2. Have a backup battery for your computer. A power outage can happen in a flash and last for days. Having a backup battery for your computer will help you keep business operations running, even without electricity. Check out Amazon for some cost-friendly options.
3. Get a MiFi. When your home or office Internet goes out, using a MiFi device, or setting up a mobile hotspot, will allow you to stay connected to the Internet by way of your wireless cellular network. This will save you from braving the weather to get to the nearest coffee shop for Internet access – if they even have power.
4. Use surge protectors. If your computer is plugged in during a storm, a surge, or sudden change in electrical voltage, can wreak havoc on your computer. Sometimes these quick flashes corrupt the data on your hard drive making it impossible to retrieve what you were working on just minutes prior. A surge protector will protect your hardware and, when combined with cloud backup, will provide complete protection for your files.
5. Factor power outages into your business continuity plan. Even if you don’t live in the Northeast, there are other natural disasters, like tornados and earthquakes, which result in unexpected power outages. Have you thought about what you’ll do if business goes down during the next natural disaster? Take a few minutes to write a step-by-step plan for dealing with power outages, including which practices and technologies you’ll implement. And even more importantly, be sure to test your plan ahead of time to ensure everything is working properly.
For more information on how to protect your business from a disaster, download Carbonite’s Disaster Preparedness Checklist.