While I was off being a Cheer Mom, my web guy was busy putting up the information page that I created for the From OK to Awesome: 9 Essential Elements to Business Success telesummit.
As it turns out, the software it was designed in, that was supposed to have a smooth plug-in for my website, didn’t have a smooth plug-in. As a matter of fact, it broke the code on my website.
This could have caused some significant anxiety for all concerned: my web guy (Doug – link to his website is below), the participants in the telesummit, me… but it did not. You see, Doug has a system in place. Before he starts something like importing a plug-in, he does a system backup. So, what could have been a major disaster turned into an inconvenience.
What kind of systems do you have? Here’s a quick checklist for you:
- A filing system
- An accounting system
- A back-up system
- A hiring system
- A scheduling system
- An inventory system
- A customer management system
- A quality control system
- A safety system
That list is by no means complete, but it gets you thinking. Investing the time and money in setting up the right systems can pay off in the short and long term. First, systems will save you time… like in the catastrophic situation of the website crashing and being able to reload the backup. Second, it will position you to be able to grow your business in a professional manner.
I am out and about today… but before I leave, I am going to start a non-scheduled backup of my computer. If you know me, you already know I have backups scheduled on a regular basis. I am calling today’s backup a preventative measure.