How do you detect a good business owner in a blackout?

(Copyright © 2015 by Chesney Bradshaw, all rights reserved)
(Copyright © 2015 by Chesney Bradshaw, all rights reserved)

How do you spot a good business owner when the lights go out? It’s easy. In the darkness of a local shopping centre, you may find the lights on at a small pizza takeaway and restaurant with the sound of a diesel or petrol generator chugging away furiously.

Small business owners shouldn’t be lulled into doing nothing now that blackouts are less frequent. With a crisis in electrical supply, small business owners have to do their own thing to survive. But how many have taken this step to ensure the survival of their business? Continue reading “How do you detect a good business owner in a blackout?”

Does your small business have a business continuity plan?

The African oystercatcher or African black oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini), is a large charismatic wader resident to the mainland coasts and offshore islands of southern Africa. This near-threatened oystercatcher has a population of over 6,000 adults, which breed between November and April. Source: Wikipedia
The African oystercatcher or African black oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini), is a large charismatic wader resident to the mainland coasts and offshore islands of southern Africa. This near-threatened oystercatcher has a population of over 6,000 adults, which breed between November and April. Source: Wikipedia

I went into a small shopping centre the other day to take my clothes to the dry cleaner. The shopping centre was without electricity and the dry cleaning staff couldn’t accept my order because they don’t even have a manual system in place. The supermarket in the same centre was running its diesel generator to protect and preserve its perishable stock such as frozen products and refrigerated goods.

Power outages unfortunately affects the livelihoods of small business owners. In the instance that I mention, the power was out for two days. Water services that have been out in parts of the city have affected all sorts of small businesses including hair salons, gyms and car wash operations. Postal services have been down for more than three months with critical mail undelivered to small businesses. Yes, you may say that small businesses can use courier services but the costs for regular items can be astronomical. Continue reading “Does your small business have a business continuity plan?”