When you’re a small business owner, particularly as the only employee, it’s important to have a backup or two in place. Being human, there are bound to be times when you are unavailable or something unexpected comes up. The last thing you want is to lose business, get a bad review, or come across as unprepared. There are all kinds of backups; we’ll discuss a few times we recommend all solopreneurs having in their lives.
- Data Backup: This might go without saying. If you have confidential materials on a device, contact information, or other irreplaceable content, be more than positive you have a cloud or alternative storage device where it can be recovered. There are several businesses that can assist with this, or a simple external hard-drive might suffice if nothing else. Regardless, don’t less a system failure turn your business into a failure.
- Backup Personnel: You may not require employees or a co-worker who performs the same task as you. Backup personnel might just be people you can hire to help you in other areas of your life if you are frequently or occasionally consumed by your solopreneur work. Think house-cleaners, lawn-care technicians, or dog walkers. Of course you might prefer to walk Fido yourself, but in case of a time crunch on an unexpected project, having a backup to get him out for his afternoon excursion might save you some serious business and respect from clients. Long-story short: have a backup in mind for tasks that don’t always require you personally. The staff available for mail services and phone answering at Denver Virtual Offices are a terrific example of this.
- Backup Transportation: There’s no feeling like when you go to leave for the day and notice you have a flat tire. Instead of having to cancel any important meetings, always have that backup plan handy. Denver is fortunate enough to have one of the best public transit options in the country, and chances are good it is within reach of your home in the Denver Metro Area. Check Google Maps to see how you can reach a destination (such as your office) via public transit (ideally ahead of time before the flat tire occurs). Perhaps your SO has a vehicle they can let you borrow or carpool with. And, if nothing else, there’s usually Uber. Knowing ahead of time is half the battle, and helps eliminate no-shows or tardiness.
Of course, the best option is always to try to go with Plan A for everything. Yet, as humans, things regularly don’t go according to plan. Being a solopreneur is demanding, and unfortunately we can’t be everywhere at once. Hopefully taking a few extra moments to think ahead and plan several backup options can save some frustration in the long-run!