I have learned an important lesson in the last few days when my internet connection went on the blink – I have no backup plan! Thank goodness that I didn’t have a lot of internet-based classes going on, otherwise I would have been really stuck.
I ended up doing emergency email at the local Starbucks, where I had to sign up for T-Mobile service in order to access the wireless internet. It got me through the rough spots, but made me think hard about creating a good backup plan in case something similar happens in the future.
If you have started your business, have you thought about:
- What your backup plan would be if you lost access to the internet?
- What your file backup plan is if your computer begins to smoke and grinds to a halt?
- What your process is to create a hard copy and electronic copy backup of your calendar, contacts, financial statements and customer lists?
- Where your important paperwork is stored in the case of a fire or other catastrophe?
I sure am thinking about these things now, and I urge you to do so as well. I think we learn some of the best lessons from other’s mistakes, so back thee up right away!
On another technology note, some of you have told me that since I posted the "Top 10 song list" to my blog that it is taking an annoyingly long time to load. This is probably due to my total ignorance at creating audio files. (The process of creating song clips took me about 10 hours … and much forehead-scratching). Would any of you audio whizzes be willing to trade some coaching time for audio file editing? I have a feeling that if I shrink the audio files, it will solve the problem. But I could be wrong. Drop me a line at pcs (at) ganas (dot) com if you have any ideas.
It isn’t too late to join the free teleclass starting in about 15 minutes … just send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org, confirm your attendance with the follow up email and jump on the call. If you sign up and miss it, I will share the audio recording with you.
I look forward to getting back to my late-night writing sessions now that my internet is live again!