I originally had “disaster recovery” instead of “business continuity” in the title of this post.
Then I remembered that while disaster recovery is important, it's almost like white noise to many SMB leaders.
It's easy to think “The chances of a disaster affecting my business are minimal.” (Tell that to the poor folks in the Carolinas.)
However, disaster recovery isn't only about getting your business fully operational after a disaster (a disaster defined as any event – man-made or natural – that disrupts normal business operations). Equally important in disaster recover efforts is the planning to ensure the business remains operational in the event of a disruption – the business continuity aspect of disaster recovery.
While we understand that disaster recovery isn’t always at the top of your to-do list. That doesn’t make it any less important.
Here are some of the excuses – usually mislabeled as “reasons” – to not pursue a disaster recovery strategy.
This sounds like it’s going to take a lot of time, and money.
More important things than the need to ensure that the information your business relies on with always be available? I can't think of business decisions much more important than that.
We’ll deal with a crisis, if one ever happens.
No you won't. Or at least not as well as you could have and with infinitely more stress. It's an old expression, but still true: Failure to plan is planning to fail.
We’re too small to need a plan.
Even single-person business need to plan for a disaster by having at minimum a plan in place to maintain access to data and to communicate to clients if they'll be offline for any length of time. No one is too small not to need a plan.
I’ve looked before and couldn’t find a good solution.
This one is probably true. Finding a good fit and solution can be a struggle. That said, you’ve come to the right place!