I was impressed during one of this winter’s storms to see the mailman trudging through knee-high snow, place mail in my box, and continue on to the next house – a yard full of snow away. “Neither rain nor snow…”
With so much information available, we flip from station to station, Web site to twitter to learn well ahead of time about an upcoming weather-related situation. But is your small business prepared when Mother Nature has other plans?
Of course, the best mantra is “Safety First,” following the requirements of local authorities. Even if the weatherman “over-predicts,” it’s all done with an abundance of caution and your safety in mind.
From there, weather-permitting, you can determine if it’s financially feasible to open your small business when the forecast calls for hazardous conditions. There’s overhead to consider: Does the cost to open outweigh the possible reduction in business? Can employees easily commute to and from work? Can you proceed with a skeleton staff?
If you do take a “snow day” and close your business, determine beforehand what you can accomplish from home. Is your inventory accessible online? Can you plan upcoming specials or create flyers on your home computer? And, make sure to announce your closing to your customers – by email, social media, and your Web site, so they are informed. Your customers will thank you for your concern and you stay top of mind when they are out next.
Biz2Credit is available in all types of weather, all year long, by phone (800) 200-5678 and online at www.biz2credit.com.