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Do You Need a Disaster Recovery Plan?

Do You Need a Disaster Recovery Plan?

The short answer is yes, you do need a disaster recovery plan. No matter how small your business is, if you have a plan in place, you’ll come out of any type of disaster a lot better than if you don’t make plans.

Let’s consider the kinds of things you need to plan for, which will vary depending on the type of business you own.

Documented Response Plan

The first thing you need to create is a plan regarding how you will respond in the event of a disaster. More than likely, you’ll have a different response prepared based on the various things that can happen to you in your area in terms of natural disasters and so forth.

Protecting Your Equipment

Make a list of all the equipment that you use to do your business and anything that you use in your life that makes it easier to do your business. Make sure you have the right type of insurance that will enable you to quickly replace what needs replacing to keep working. Take pictures of everything you have and attach a copy of the receipt to it, so it’s easier to justify.

Keeping a Detailed Inventory of Your Assets

Further to the above, take pictures of everything that you may lose in a disaster related to your business, or that enables you to do your business. Attach a copy of the purchase receipts to the images. You can keep physical copies, but you’re better off scanning it all and keeping it in the cloud for easy access.

Ensuring Your Data Integrity

One thing that is important during disasters is to know what is happening to your data. For example, if there is a fire that burns down the server that keeps your data, do they have redundant systems that enable them to back it up in an unaffected area?

Checking Your Backup Systems

Every bit of content you generate internally and externally needs to be backed up. In most cases, a cloud server system can help you ensure the integrity of the data you are keeping, but you’ll want to talk to the owners to ensure that it all works the way you think it does. It might also help to create step-by-step directions on how to access information if your primary method of doing so is ruined.

Vendor and Service Provider Information

If your ability to communicate is ruined – for example, if you have all the information on your computer or your smartphone which is lost or destroyed in a disaster, how will you contact any vendors and service providers that work with you? Have a plan in place so that you can find them regardless.

Access to Funds

In any disaster, the one thing that can prevent a small business owner from success is access to funds. If you’re running a tight and lean business, you may not need much to keep your business afloat. However, if you don’t have insurance or a backup account that will let you replace your systems fast, you may lose it all due to that disaster.

Anything can happen. You can wake up today to a bright sunny day and end the day with a disaster. If you’re not ready, it will make it a lot worse for you and your customers. However, if you have a plan in place, you can simply pull out the plan you’ve created based on possible disaster sceneries you may face, and get started with your recovery fast. It doesn’t matter if your business consists of one person or 100 people – a plan will ensure that you can keep your business going no matter what.

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How to Plan Meals and Snacks

How to Plan Meals and Snacks

As a baby boomer, you have to constantly be watching your health, making sure that the food you bring into your body is prolonging your life, not shortening it. However, even though many of us plan to eat healthy, we don’t always follow through on those plans. Perhaps because we are in a rush, we stop by a drive thru or a convenience store for less than healthy food. We pack on the pounds because of this, and this can cause health problems. To combat weight gain in our busy lives, we have to make a meal schedule.

Meal planning is easy, but it takes a bit of time to do. Many people don’t go through with it because it seems boring or daunting at first, but when you do it, you will be glad you did. Before you get to planning, the first thing you need to do is look at your budget, and see how your new meal plan can fit into it. There are also plenty of options to save on your grocery shopping. Make sure that the things that you put on your meal plans are written by you, so that you will not have any dislikes in your plan. Sweet potatoes may be healthy, but if you don’t like them, then it doesn’t make sense to have them in your plan.

The first thing to do is grab a pen and pencil, or your tablet, and in your notepad or notes section, write the days of the week on the left side. Then, at the top, place breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. On another page, scribble down some vague descriptions of what you want to eat during the week. Remember, it has to be healthy and home-cooked, so Burger King doesn’t count. If you like sub sandwiches, jot that down. If you like apples and peanut butter, jot that down. Have all the things you’ve eaten over the past week there too, and take out the unhealthy ones. After you have done this, it is now time to start making your meal plan.

Start by going online or downloading recipe apps to see what foods you can eat. For breakfast, if you’ve jotted down that you like pancakes, then look up some healthy pancake recipes, and write that down under the days you would like to eat it. On a separate piece of paper, ensure that you write down a list of all the things you will need to make this recipe. Some great places to look for recipes are Food Network, All Recipes, Yummly and Pinterest. Be adventurous and try new healthy things. These sites and apps will usually show nutritional facts for these meals.

Once you have filled out all the breakfast boxes for the week, you can then move on to lunch, dinner and your snacks. If you need a day to cheat, then don’t leave it up to you to decide on the day. Decide on a day from now and write it on the calendar, and stick to that day every week. Cheat days are best done on the weekends, especially Fridays. Once you’re done, it is time to shop. You will realize that by doing this, you save money and you live a healthier life at the same time.

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