If you’re a budding young entrepreneur, you’ve probably got a million-and-one things on your mind. Chances are you’re currently performing a balancing act that most accomplished circus performers would admire.
You’ve got your outgoings, new staff to hire, new products to buy, new clients to lure and new profits to dream of. But, amidst the hubbub of business problems and the shine of the new, there’s one vital part of the puzzle you might have forgotten – your security.
Yup, it’s a common oversight when you’re just starting your business, but if you don’t have an effective security plan, your business will be markedly more vulnerable to burglaries, vandalism and arson.
Fear not, Panicked Business Owner – there are countless ways to bulk up your security and take at least one load off your mind. Here are just a few.
Up your defence with a fence (secure your premises)
Fences are the first line of defence from intruders where your business is concerned (if you operate on a sizeable promises). Providing a literal obstacle that will make it difficult for crooks to surmount, you could also choose a few additions to make your fence super-secure. Try out some electric fencing to add a jolt to your palisade, or even some anti-grease paint to mark any intruders who try to break in.
Really, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to useful additions, so give it some research and make the right choice.
Get Big Brother on board
Big Brother is watching, as they say in 1984 and, obviously, on Big Brother. What neither points out is that, for a business owner, surveillance is one of the most effective tools to keep your workplace secure.
Getting your premises wired up with cameras will allow you to keep an eye out for intruders and ensure your employees are keeping your workplace ticking over while you’re away.
More than this, these cams have hopped into the 21st century, allowing you to view them on your phone or any computer with an internet connection.
If you’ve got your physical premises sorted, it’s time to move onto your virtual one. In that cyber world of fraudsters, Trojans and malware, you’re going to need all the protection you can get.
The easiest way to make your web-surfing safe is to purchase some fairly cheap internet security software (Norton or Mcafee come highly recommended) that will detect and deter any threats trying to break through your fibre cable.
Apart from this, common sense is the best medicine for internet security. Keep your passwords safe and difficult to guess and don’t put your bank details onto a website you don’t 100 per cent trust.
After all this, you can continue your balancing act knowing that your business is completely secure online and offline.