Time-sensitive business functions

3 steps to taking a real vacation!

Be honest – how many years has it been since you actually took a vacation and checked out of all work responsibilities?  How long has it been since you could be gone more than two days without paying dearly for it when you got back? We’ve been doing more with less people for decades now, …

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5 Advantages of having a Business Continuity Plan

You may have seen the statistics – only 2 out of 3 businesses have a business continuity plan, and 90% of businesses without a plan will fail following a disaster.  That’s a virtual guarantee of failure. You don’t want to be one of those businesses that failed simply because they didn’t give a little time …

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The 3-step “Quick and Dirty” Business Continuity Plan

If you just can’t spare the time to put together a full continuity plan, there are a few things you can do to pull together some basic pieces to tide you over until you can carve out some time to give it the proper attention. The following is a short outline to get your “quick and …

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Business Impact Analysis

In the Business Impact Analysis, you list the different functions of your business, and rank the function in terms of High, Medium, or Low impact on your business’s success (hint: if you mark any activity Low Impact, consider outsourcing it – it probably isn’t worth your time to do it yourself).  Then consider how long …

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Risk Assessment Matrix

The Risk Assessment Matrix should help you consider all the possible risks to your business and to evaluate each one based on its probability.  Just because a certain risk isn’t likely isn’t a reason to ignore it in your plan, but it should be prioritized after the more likely scenarios are covered.   By then, …

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BCP Document Outline

The BCP Document Outline provides a resource to ensure that you think about all the pieces you might need in your plan.  This outline will also help you organize your thinking logically so that when someone needs to implement the plan, they can find all the appropriate resources for that particular event easily.     …

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Getting Started with your Business Continuity Plan

If you have never put together a Business Continuity Plan, then the Getting Started Guide is the place to start. Use this resource in conjunction with the BCP Development Outline. These resources introduce several concepts and help you start to think about your business in those terms. A Recovery Time Objective is the amount of …

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Business Risk Assessment Matrix

Business Risk Assessment Matrix

Business Risk Assessment Matrix When you start any business, you must calculate the risk factors.  If you start any venture without doing an assessment of the risks involved, then you may be in trouble from the start.  One tool available to you is the business risk assessment matrix.  Creating a business risk assessment matrix for …

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September is Preparedness Month – What to do – Natural Disasters

What to do when Natural Disasters strike Each year, September is celebrated as the preparedness month. It is the month when Americans are reminded of taking precautionary steps in order to protect their communities as well as family members from natural disasters as well as other such unforeseen events. The natural disasters, as well as …

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5 key parts of a business disaster preparedness plan

5 Key Parts of a Business Disaster Preparedness Plan

5 Key Parts of a Business Disaster Preparedness Plan When you’re creating a business disaster preparedness plan, it is important to understand the essential aspects of the plan. Below are the 5 key parts of a business disaster preparedness plan. 1. Communication plan: You want to restore communication lines as soon as possible. Assign this …

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