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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Building Your Business Continuity Plan

October 12, 2020

It's no secret that becoming an entrepreneur has the potential to be one of the most lucrative endeavors you pursue. But, this doesn't mean that it doesn't come without obstacles.

Establishing a solid business continuity plan is key to ensuring that your company can weather difficult times. But, not everyone is aware of the common mistakes that they should be avoiding.

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we’ve got you covered.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know.

1. Improper Risk Analysis

One of the biggest mistakes that companies make is failing to properly analyze the threats that could affect their business in the future. While these will vary from industry to industry, there will always be a group of scenarios that could negatively impact your revenue, result in legal issues, etc.

For example, those in the healthcare industry have a large number of risks that they need to prepare for. 

2. Inefficient Incident Response 

If you do encounter a contingency, it's imperative that you have a previously-established course of action to take. Otherwise, you're forced to react to the incident without any preparation whatsoever.

As you may expect, this can easily result in future issues for your company. In extreme cases, you may even find that your business has great difficulty recovering from the problem.

A data breach, for instance, is something that can easily disrupt otherwise-prosperous business operations. Since it's not possible to prevent every unwanted scenario, you'll need to have a plan that covers how to react.

3. Non-Compliance

Failure to comply with industry regulations can result in legal penalties, downtime, etc. While a smaller company may be able to circumvent these guidelines, it's highly likely that their actions (or inactions) will be discovered in the future.

Since this even applies to cases where negligence is the primary factor, it's imperative that you maintain compliance at all times with your industry's standards.

4. Not Reworking Your Continuity Plan as Time Goes On

As your company grows, so will the number of risks that are able to affect you.

These could include cybercrime, reputation attacks, internal complications among team members, etc. So, it only makes sense for a company to review and revise its business continuity plan as time goes on.

If you're unsure about how to implement this process, aim for a review every 6 or 12 months. This will provide enough time for any substantial changes in your company to take effect, allowing you to make adjustments where necessary. 

Refining Your Business Continuity Plan Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn't have to be.

With the above information about how to develop a solid business continuity plan in mind, you'll be well on your way toward ensuring that your company has the greatest possible chance of success.

Want to learn more about how we can help? Feel free to get in touch with us today to see what we can do.

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