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Disaster Prep: Prepare for the Unexpected

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late to Protect Your Biz

Last Friday, July 16, at 5:04 am an earthquake shook the SCORE headquarters. It was strong enough to be felt in two states plus Washington, DC. The earthquake measured a 3.6 on the Richter scale and was one of the largest to hit the DC metropolitan area in decades.

 An earthquake in DC. What an unexpected event. That’s why so important to have a disaster plan in place. Whether it’s a natural disaster like a flood, or man-made disaster like the recent oil spill, you always need to be prepared to protect your business.  Review the simple steps you can take to safeguard your investment. Then, visit SCORE’s Disaster Preparedness page to get more tips, tools and resources.

  • Use an online data back-up service. These companies routinely save all the documents on your computer securely off site. So, if your computer is damaged, your files are still safe.
  • Buy a fireproof and waterproof safe. Make copies of your most important business documents and keep them stored for safekeeping. Make sure to update documents as necessary.
  • Make sure you have insurance coverage. If your area is prone to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or other natural disasters, make sure your covered. Also, check the fine print. Some policies will cover wind damage from hurricanes, but not the resulting flood damage.

Jacalyn Barnes, SCORE
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Customer Service: Where Are Your Rave Reviews?

Increase Passionate Customers, Increase Profits

One of the keys to having a successful business is turning casual customers into passionate customers, ones who will tell others about you, and will share their rave reviews on social media sites, in emails, and other places they connect with friends, family, and colleagues. Do you know the characteristics of a customer you have the potential to delight? And which ones you might not be able to serve at the rave review level?

Think about your business for a moment. Who is your ideal customer? I bet you can list off four or five characteristics very quickly. Does your view change when you ask who you have the highest probability of getting a rave review from?

It makes sense to really understand your business’ sweet spot and focus on finding and delighting customers who you can serve at your absolute best. The more you know about your optimal customer profile, the more you can seek out those prospects and qualify sales opportunities appropriately.

It’s all about understanding what value your product or service is going to bring to your customers, then tuning everything around them. How do they want to buy? What is their preference for delivery of your product or service? How do they want to communicate with you and how often?

Rave reviews come easier when you design your business from your customer’s perspective.

As you grow your business, challenge yourself and your team to look at your business practices from a customer’s perspective.

If you make your customer the focal point of your business, listen to their preferences, and fine-tune your business model appropriately (while making sure you can still make money), then your odds of getting rave reviews will go up dramatically.

Gail Goodman, Guest Blogger
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