So you’ve set up a business, managed to get yourself through some successful marketing and have built up a great client base. Unfortunately, the work doesn’t stop there. As well as continuing your business venture, focusing on your services and products, you know also need to protect what you have. There are various ways in which your business can be struck by different types of disaster. Below you can see how you can limit potential disaster as much as possible.

Shield yourself from lawsuit

In this day and age shielding yourself from lawsuit is incredibly important because it just happens so frequently. This means being fair in everything you do. If you ever need to make redundancies you must explore all other available opportunities to prove you have tried other solutions. An example can be looking at reducing worked hours.

You also need to ensure the workplace is safe. No areas which can damage employees such as faulty electrical systems or flooding where people can slip, because you’re liable. If the worst does happen make sure you get a good lawyer, and you’ll be able to defend yourself far better if you’ve shown due diligence. Use employee handbooks which tell them their rights, be transparent from the off and make sure their working conditions are satisfactory. Provide break rooms and sufficient relaxation time.

Make sure you backup your systems

If you’re using servers to store all of your valuable client information on then it can be vulnerable to acts of god and malicious software like spyware and malware. You should use a form of reliable backup to ensure your main information, software and details are kept safe.

Cloud based computing can help, as it’s essentially stored on the internet so it can’t be affected by any dangerous issues.  You can also used cloud based computing to increase your business productivity.

You and your employees can access key business files from anywhere, meaning that if you are visiting clients you will no longer need to carry cumbersome USB or external hard drives around with you. You could even use it to ultimately get rid of your servers altogether and use cloud computing, it means no more expensive server maintenance fees.

Protect yourself from employee sabotage

It happens more than you think. Either your competitors can pay your employees to provide business secrets that can severely compromise your operation or a disgruntled employee can decide to ruin some of your systems. You can shield yourself from this by primarily using a contract which is signed at the beginning of employment.

It means you can pursue them for damages if they violate anything. Another way to get around the issue is simply by treating your employees well. It will stop key staff working slow or walking out. Reward good service and set achievable bonuses. This will incentivise your workforce and give them something to aim for. If you get your employees on side you’ll never have to worry about any of these issues.

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