Starting up your small business, supplying a product or service that you feel passionate about, is often a dream come true for many entrepreneurs. But while you slave over that computer making those sales, marketing your business to the max and putting in all those hours, is your business truly protected? There are many ways you can protect your business, some may seem obvious, and some perhaps you have overlooked, but hopefully this will offer up some inspiration to maybe relook at some of the provisions you have in place.
Protecting your business physically
One of the obvious ways to protect something, is physically, right? So your business is no different in that aspect. You may have a premises in which you might need to have secured when there isn’t anyone manning the office or location. You can do some research into alarm systems online quite easily and it should be able to identify the right level of security you need. You could also consider other physical ways you can protect your office or stage facility. Security guards or guard dogs can be quite popular for larger locations. Often combining an alarm and a guard is the ideal deterrent for any opportunist to even bother trying. An additional physical security feature would also be something like cameras in place that can work at night as well as during the day.
Protecting your business digitally
There is a new threat to businesses these days, and that is in the digital sense. We do so much online, through our websites, and digitally, that now there is a world of information right there for the taking with clever hackers knowing exactly what to do to obtain it. This can include stealing personal records, customer information and even payment methods, which not only leaves your business in jeopardy and at risk but also your customers and clients who have placed their trust in your business. The trick is to have a decent firewall in place that digital experts can put up for you protecting your information online. It’s also important to change passwords regularly.
What about when things are out of your hands?
Of course, there are times when items you have sold are dispatched, and they go in transit to their final destination, but yet you still need to be protected beyond this point. What happens if the item doesn’t get delivered? What if it becomes damaged in transit? Of course, while you can’t predict what might happen, you can cover every eventuality. Using couriers that offer insurance services could help you ensure that you don’t lose valuable income if an item is lost or stolen. Furthermore, most couriers will have a tracking system where you can track the delivery from on point to another which also protects you from customers stating they haven’t had an item, when they have. If you offer a physical service, then having the right liability and insurances in place to protect you would be advisable.
I hope that this has prompted you to consider the way you protect your small business.
*This is a contributed post