As a bookkeeping firm, we talk about money quite a bit. Cash flow plays an important role in planning for the unexpected. We would certainly encourage all business owners to maintain savings for tax liabilities, operations and emergency expenses, but that is not what this blog is about.
What if you (or one of your most valuable employees) were facing a personal emergency—an illness, an ailing family member or a natural disaster? Emergencies interrupt business as usual and may even require you to be away from the office for extended periods of time. Is your business prepared?
Your business needs more than cash to survive, and we’ve put together a list of things to consider as you evaluate your operating procedures…
- What obligations does your business have to customers and/or employees?
- How does your business go about fulfilling these obligations?
- What tools/technology/information is necessary to complete these functions?
- Do some business functions rely upon the completion of other functions?
- Who is accountable for each?
- Could these functions be handled remotely in an emergency situation?
Cloud based software for file storage, project management and bookkeeping can certainly make working remote easier. Dropbox and Google Drive are great solutions for file storage, and Quick Books online can ensure that you maintain access to crucial financial information. There are also a lot of great applications for communication… Google Business Apps ensures that you can access your inbox and contacts from any computer (unlike an Outlook Inbox that may be specific to your desktop computer). VOIP phone systems and apps like Dialpad allow you to use your business number remotely and help to keep you connected to clients even if you can’t be at the office.
Prepare for the unexpected by evaluating your procedures and systems. It’s going to make a world of difference on a rainy day, and it may make your day-to-day a little easier too.