Creating a Business Continuity Plan For Your Small Business

By Leona

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Creating a continuity plan for your business is like following a road map.

You need to comprehend your current standing, the course of action you are going to take, weigh out the progress and estimate the period it will take you together with the resources needed to accomplish that journey.

With the right plan, the company can focus on their strengths, welcome progress and make corrections where required.

The basic elements are quite similar even though each company has their own documents that are unique to their business.

Here are some of the common elements listed below along with their purpose:

  • Your vision, overall mission, and commitment: What do you want to achieve, what are the goals that you have chalked out and how deeply committed are you?
  • Making an executive summary: a concise outline that you document
  • The services, products, and background of the company: how do the products prove valuable for clients?
  • Adopting a strategic Marketing Plan: Adopting techniques to attract a new customer, retention of existing ones, budgeting and evaluating the success of trading ploys
  • Operating Plans: Operation plans to be executed by the company
  • Structuring Plans for the organization: How to structure the company and define the accountability roles and responsibilities of the employees
  • Financial Statistics and Reports: How much is seen as long-term projection?
  • Strategizing wisely: what is the course of operation for the company to accomplish goals?
  • Rising to challenges with right solutions: Encountering obstacles in advance and providing the right solutions to circumvent them.
  • Budgeting: Allocating the right amounts to each of the functional areas.

 

Before you decide to get the strategic guidelines together, it is necessary to analyze the business objectives, action plan to reach them and the role of each individual to make it happen.

This serves as a “live” document. It becomes useless if it is shelved and only taken out every quarter for reference.

 

Revised or Update Your Plan Regularly

It should ideally be updated regularly and referred to frequently as part of the operational procedures of the business.

It should ideally be used at meetings so that the progress can be measured and employees can remain focused on strategizing effectively to progress towards the company goals.

Are they advantages to be gained from adopting such business continuity plans?

To make out such plans requires the need to contemplate long-term achievements and efforts to create methods to attain those goals.

The entire organizations work towards a common goal and this makes everyone come together to create an environment where each one is accountable to working for the progress of the organization.

The entire workforce is able to remain focused and know how to maximize their efforts to achieve the ultimate goals as they measure their progress continuously. Budgeting is on track and adjustments are quickly adapted when one is following a strategic plan.

Employees can remain focused on productivity as they engage themselves useful with useful tools to reduce turnover using good basic principles.

The workplace culture is a far cry from what it was a few decades back with regard to economic structures and present-day environment.

The days when people accrued retirement benefit and long-term jobs are not prevalent anymore.

Due to the economic meltdown today, people change their jobs quite frequently without worrying about losing any accrued benefits.

Today the plans that are being strategized include helping working create a buy-in that they can promote by helping to define the long-term plans for small businesses.

Employee buy-in and fewer turnovers are assets to any small business.

Leona Harrison

Leona is part of the content and community team at Specialty Fuel Services - providers of emergency fuel continuation services, in locations affected by catastrophic events.

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