As a business owner, taking steps to manage and boost your finances needs to be your priority. By doing so, you will minimize the risk of business failure, as you won’t be forced to close your business because of debt and bankruptcy. Of course, you don’t need us to remind you of this, as you have probably already made this your top concern.
Still, mistakes can be made, and some of them could happen quite easily throughout the course of your business journey. Consider the following, and then take the relevant steps to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Neglecting Health and Safety
You might assume that this doesn’t need to be your priority, especially if your business doesn’t pertain to anything considered high-risk. However, even when working in an office-based environment, you should still take measures to protect your employees, as malfunctioning computer equipment, loose wiring, and heavy lifting could all be responsible for causing them an injury. So, no matter what type of business you run, don’t neglect this fundamental aspect of employee care. You might face a hefty compensation claim if you do, as well as a knock to your reputation; both of which could scupper your finances.
Our advice is this. Risk-assess every area of your business, perhaps with the assistance of an hr management service that specializes in risk analysis. When dangers have been found, take the necessary precautions, such as providing safety equipment for your employees, and removing potential hazards where possible. Commit to regular training for yourself and your employees too, and ensure health and safety guidelines are available in your business handbooks for everybody to read.
Mistake #2: Not Putting Security Measures in Place on Your Business Computers
Should you be a small business owner, you might assume that your business is safe from any hacking attempts. This isn’t the case, as cybercriminals are more likely to target you because they know you are less likely to take the appropriate security measures. Should you get hacked, you will lose money in various ways. For starters, you might have to suffer downtime to your business day if the hacker blocks access to your computer systems. You might also suffer a ransomware attack, wherein the hacker will encrypt your data until you pay for it to be released. If the hacker gains access to your financial information, you might see money disappear from your accounts. And should your customers’ data get compromised, you will lose their custom and your reputation, both of which are systematic of business failure. Worried? You should be.
Our advice is this. Keep those blasted hackers out! Outsource your IT to a company that has the knowhow to protect your computer systems. Install the latest antivirus software to your computer and keep it updated. Password everything, being sure to use hard-to-decipher passcodes (not your birthdate). And find a training provider that is specialized in IT and security, so you and your employees can be kept up to do date with modern hacking practices. While a hacker might still attack you, they will have a harder time gaining access to your business data if you have taken these steps.
We can all make mistakes, and while some of them won’t sabotage the businesses we run, there are those that might. The two we have suggested here have the potential to do so. Therefore, take heed of what we have said, and if you haven’t done so already, take the necessary precautions to protect your business from financial harm. You will only regret it later if you don’t!