Many subjects related to your work might be more fun, more sexy.
Who wants to talk about data backups, disaster preparedness and
I sure didnt.
But, a disturbing thought kept popping into my head for days . . .
"You better spend Wednesday . . . Thursday . . . Friday . . .
backing up your hard drive."
Did I listen to that intuition?
Just a couple of weeks prior I begrudgingly sat through a
presentation on disaster preparedness for small businesses.
It was a great presentation, actually. I learned a lot. I knew
it was a weak spot in my business. But priority number one?
So back to present past time:
It was 12:30 AM on Saturday night / Sunday morning. Sitting on my
couch in the living room, I closed the lid on my laptop - the core
of my business and family income.
Five hours later, at 5:30 AM, I woke to the frantic screams of my
wife. "John, the kitchen is on fire! Oh my god, our house is on
We lost everything.
Including my laptop and a lot of precious acquired skill
addresses, new projects, software, my audio library. Customer
testimonials, purchase records, receipts, passwords, bookmarks and
Fortunately a lot of it was backed up. Well, at least the guts of
my business. But if it had been backed up better, Id have saved
myself a lot of headaches and a LOT of money.
to put off subjects like data recovery, data backups and
disaster preparedness. There are more pressing things to be done,
and what are the odds? Right? When you ruminate on
the many things
happen to your data, regular data backups are just smart.
Dont get burned like I did - be prepared.
Backup Your Data
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