We all know that “having a plan” is important. It’s drilled into us by our parents when we were young. I can still hear my mother asking me “what’s your plan when things don’t work out?”.
Many times growing up I didn’t have a good answer – to the dismay of my mother – but over time I became aware of the value of thinking ahead and having a “Plan B” available. Doing so will save you time and grief.
Well the last few days have taught me that from time to time I forget that concept. Just the other day I woke up to find the majority of my website malfunctioning. This of course is something that is unacceptable. The problem was I had NO PLAN on what to do in the event that happened.
To make a long story short, when I did some “routine” software updates things went haywire. The site didn’t appear to be having any issues, as all pages loaded fine. The problem was with the blog, as none of my articles would load. This was a pretty big problem!
This incident meant I had to drop everything and focus all my attention on fixing the issue right away. Countless calls to various companies just confused me more. Some said I needed one thing while others said I needed something else. I had to learn a lot in a short time-frame.
My first priority was just getting the site to work again. This took all day. Luckily my hosting company was able to use a backup copy of the site to restore its ability to function. This didn’t fix the issue, but it gave me some time to find a web developer that could help.
The moral for me is this. If I had just had a plan in place my issue would have been much less of a headache. Instead I had to make a plan on the fly, which is never a really good idea, especially for a business. I should have been better prepared! But I did learn a big lesson.
I’ll wrap this up by reminding you to have a plan in place for when things don’t go right. Thinking ahead will benefit you greatly. So…
- What’s the plan for when your top employee leaves for another job?
- What’s the plan for when your top 5 accounts unexpectedly pay you late, leaving you strapped for cash?
- What’s the plan for when you have multiple employees call out on the same night?
- What’s the plan for when your most profitable account lets you go?
While coming up with a plan for various circumstances takes time, it’s a good idea to start chipping away at them. While you can’t plan for everything, you can make a plan for the most common calamities that might come your way.
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