Normally I blog about business strategy but today I want to tell you about a few things that helped me to stay sane, transition quickly, and keep generating revenue while my office was out of commission. I hope you find these helpful:
- Use an external hard-drive. It has a lot of space, it keeps all of my data on it, and if I needed to switch my computer quickly, I only need to take my external hard-drive and just find another computer.
- Store data offsite. Using JungleDisk and backing up my files to Amazon S3 (which are both insanely cheap), I feel good that all of my data is safe and not facing the same risks that my onsite data faces. And do I need to say this: Back up regularly!
- Label all of your cords. Every cord — the ones that plug into my USB port and into my powerbar — have a piece of masking tape on them with the name of the thing they are attached to. This was so convenient when I had to unplug stuff in a hurry and when I had to plug things back in later.
- Digital photos of complicated systems. My TV room also flooded and we had to move the TV, DVD player, stereo system, etc. out of the room. There are SO many cords and even though they’re labeled (with tape, like my computer equipment), I always have a hard time figuring out what plugs into where later. Fortunately, when everything was originally set up, I took photos of the back of all components and printed them out. So all I need to do is match up the components to what the picture looks like.
I hope these tips help you; a plan for business continuity during challenging times makes a huge difference by turning mini-disasters into merely an inconvenience.