When you hear the words “business plan,” you probably immediately think about mission statements, corporate goals, sales quotas and marketing KPIs. While these are all invaluable in terms of pieces of the business to plan for to ensure success and continuity, there are businesses that fail to plan in crucial areas. Namely, emergency and contingency planning.
No matter the size or age of your business, here are some of the most important questions to ask to ensure that there are no gaps in your planning.
- Do you know what your insurance covers? Many businesses will hire a firm to ensure that they have the minimum insurance in place to legally do business or instruct them to find a plan that will keep them under budget. Insurance is one area you don’t want to scale back your budget for. While it may seem like a lot to spend on a service you hope to never need, if you need it and don’t have it, could your business survive it? Assess your coverage amounts regularly and make sure they still match the size of your staff and the size of your sales growth.
- Do you have an emergency plan in place? Hopefully you have all the appropriate liability insurance and property insurance, as well as worker’s compensation plans, but do you conduct regular safety meetings? Cybersecurity procedures and training? Fire drills? CPR training? These aren’t traditionally thought of as part of the business plan, but they are a crucial part of having a well-prepared business. Understanding how these areas can affect your business can help you organize and plan for a more secure future.
Our services can help you plan for and even potentially prevent just about any threat. We can protect your assets and your business, plus help you and your employees understand the importance of planning beyond quarterly goals for the health and success of your business long-term.