Start by identifying the kinds of information you would probably store on your network. I foresee a client list, proposals, contracts, documentation, work-related pictures, and financial data. All this data probably resides on one computer and if you have a file server, you would probably store the data there.
I advocate backing up mission-critical data offsite. This protects the data in case a theft, fire, or other disaster physically strikes your office. If that happened, you could restore the data and resume operations elsewhere.
It’s time for a quiz. Which disasters happened after January 1, 2000?
· A tsunami strikes Indonesia.
· Two hijacked airplanes crash into New York City.
· A hurricane and levee failures destroy New Orleans.
· A chemical plant in Massachusetts explodes. Buildings within a half mile are knocked off their foundations.
· A power failure in the northeast U.S. affects 40 million people.
· A fire closes downtown San Diego.
· A flood closes Nashville.
The answer: all.
Nobody is isolated from natural disasters. I am in California gold country. I hope fires won’t sweep down the Sierra Nevada foothills. My friends to the west hope the dams won’t break and flood Sacramento County. Backing up offsite gives you one less thing to worry about if a disaster were to happen and if it did, you could easily retrieve your data.
Mark Anthony Germanos is the author of two books, Escape the Cubicle: How to leave your corporate or government job for something better and How to Make Computer Systems Work for You. He has faith in a slow but sure Sacramento business revival. Sacramento small business owners are leading the way. His second book, Escape the Cubicle, is for those who want to escape cubicle jobs and become successfully self-employed. Escape the Cubicle answers the questions: "How can I grow my business" and "How do I become my own boss."
Mark is the President of Cameron Park Computer Services. As a business owner and computer networking consultant, he has seen habits that successful Sacramento small business owners embrace. He helps Sacramento small business owners embrace those habits to increase their profits, efficiency and happiness. An advocate of Sacramento business revival, Mark believes everybody should run their lives like a small business, perform SWOT Analyses and use social media campaigns to improve business. He used to say “social media is stupid.” That was until he attended a conference and saw how Sacramento small business owners can use social media campaigns as a valuable tool. Since then, he has earned more than $40,000 in business via social media. His Sacramento small business clients also have five-figure returns. Sacramento small business owners that launch social media campaigns give themselves a comparative advantage over those who lag behind. Mark does not do everything, but his clients do receive great results and participate in the Sacramento business revival when they follow his advice.
Mark moved from Chicago and restarted his business in California with a cell phone and a Honda Civic. An active triathlete, he has a life, a dream wife and a dog. For additional details, visit http://markanthonygermanos.com. Twitter: http://twitter.com/markgermanos. Facebook: http://facebook.com/markanthonygermanos. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/markgermanos.