After the dreaded drought caused by the hot summer season, thank heavens for rain because it gives plants their much needed hydration. However, it can also be such a hassle to everyone who has to go out on a regular basis, even to small business operations.
Floods can lead to traffic. And you know what traffic means for business? Delay. Delay in transporting your goods, delay in your employee attendance, and delay in so many important aspects of business. And that’s just one scenario.
You know what they say; it’s better safe than sorry. You definitely do not want to be sorry when the rain starts pouring and you stare helpless as your business suffers. This is why proper preparation should be in place for the rainy season and our tips might be of help:
- Make your inventory stock room water proof. Check every corner of every edge to make sure that there will be no leakage or anything that can get your goods wet. Otherwise, develop a plan where you can easily move your goods to a safer and dryer place.
- Prepare for any shortages. Water and power supply are usually the ones that go down during times like this. Have some flashlights or lamps in store. If you will use candles, be very careful. It’s also advisable that small businesses have a generator on standby in case of widespread power shortages. Business must go on!
- Find an alternative production means. If power goes down and your machines won’t work, you might not have enough supplies to meet the demands. The last resort is to make friends with other vendors and try to leverage on them while production is down. This will ensure that your business keeps running and will make an impression that your customers can count on you especially during dire situations.
- Do a general check-up of your establishment. Make sure it can withstand harsh weather. Make the necessary improvements or better yet, have an insurance that covers damages that may be caused by typhoons or floods.
- Back up all of your important files and documents. Your records and documents are the backbone of your business so it is extremely important that you have copies where the typhoon or flood can never reach them; the cloud.
- More than the supplies in your inventory, your business also thrives on another source. Your employees are the people behind everything going on in your business. Their safety should be a top priority, so you need to prepare supplies and plan for them in case they get stranded in your warehouse or office.
- Communication can also get difficult in times like these. It can be difficult to get messages around. However, since your employees’ safety is a top priority, when the weather is too harsh you need to let them know that they should not come in at work. Establish a Facebook page or have an email blast ready.
- Sales will probably not go as planned when the typhoon season rolls in. Depending on your business, demand will either go higher or lower. Discuss with your team how you will keep the sales and costs at par. If you won’t get profits, at least make sure you won’t incur loss, as well.
- Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Have an idea as to when a typhoon might hit.
- Ask for tips from other businessmen or people who might know what you should do. There are so many creative ways to prepare. Do not be afraid to trust them, especially those who already experienced and survived a typhoon season.
You don’t have to be sorry when the typhoon comes rolling in. If you are prepared, the rainy season won’t be an obstacle to you and your business’ success. Not only that, ensuring that your business is waterproof and is always ready to provide service to your customers will further solidify your relationship with them—maintaining their continued patronage or your establishment.
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