Are you a business owner or entrepreneur? Do you have a business plan? Have you documented your processes and procedures? How about backups and a disaster recovery plan? Even if you’re a one-person shop operating out of a home office, these are issues that anyone who is running a business (either brick and mortar or online) needs to address. Because, what if something did happen to you and you needed someone to step in and run your business for you?
What adds extra time while you’re doing it but saves you even more time when you need it? For me, it’s documenting and organizing. Like most entrepreneurs and small business owners, I dabble in a variety of things. Often, I encounter topics that I have to research. Sometimes I undertake an unusually complex task with multiple steps that I need to figure out. Even though I often tell myself, “I’ll never need to know (or do) this again”, I document it. Even if it’s just the link to the website where I found the solution, I document it. Sometimes, I actually wonder if I should be keeping track of how much time I spend documenting and tracking things. – And then, comes the time when I need that documentation.