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Updated on September 26, 2012

Could your business cope with a crisis?

I usually spend hours perfecting these lenses, but today I'm not feeling at all well.

I've also got some crushing work deadlines.

What's more, my brilliant IT guys have prepared my new website ahead of time and they're waiting for my fresh words and pictures.

I hope the brevity of this post underscores a pertinent question:

What would happen to your business if you were suddenly incapacitated?

Do you have backup?

Are you training an understudy?

Do you hold income protection insurance?

Could you temporarily give work to 'friendly' competitors without losing your clients?

I've explored all these B Plans over the years, with varying degrees of success.

Backup is hard to retain if your workload is unpredictable.

Lovingly trained apprentices leave.

Insurance firms ask the most penetrating questions.

Clients get used to the 'other' guy and are loath to change back.

At this moment, therefore, I'm on point and alone.

I expect to recover soon, but if I fell off my chair and hurt my back today, the wheels of Empire would stop.

Twelve years of nurturing clients would be imperilled, unless I could quickly implement a work around.

As I (carefully) sit here, feeling rather sorry for myself, I feel the need for B!

Do you have a Plan B that works?

Paul Hassing, Founder & Senior Writer, The Feisty Empire.

What do YOU think?

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @anonymous: No worries, Tipi; I'm working on it! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm waiting for you to come up with all the solutions and share them with the rest of us! This is my plan!

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      Paul Hassing 6 years ago

      @sirkeystone lm: You certainly have had a varied career. I can't get over the broad scope of your comments.

      Another hair-raising tale here, I see. Talk about a rough trip! Just one question: I got the impression from your bio that your name is James. Do you prefer Aric?

      I totally hear you on the $20+ per month call. After two years of slogging, I haven't even cracked $5 per month. This Squidoo caper is a long, slow burn indeed. Best regards, P. :)

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      sirkeystone lm 6 years ago

      Hmmm. That's actually what happened to my carpet store. I had too many employees and some one running taxes that didn't have a clue what she was doing (when it comes to making payroll or paying taxes, no matter how much it hurts, pay the taxes)

      But when it came down to what actually happened to my store, I had a car accident that put me off my knee for 6 weeks then six months later had to have surgery to have scar tissue removed, so another 6 weeks and a few months worth of physical therapy at a day or two per week, (on top of the fact that my insurance took 8 years to finally settle for about 6% of what I had originally demanded) That's my chair falling, and it didn't recover even after plan C (calling family back from retirement to bail me out, they took one look and said, "Aric, it would be a lot simpler to just go bankrupt.")

      So here I am, still in touch with few of my clients doing a job I really don't care for anymore, wishing my online work would make more than $20 per month...

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      Paul Hassing 7 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Lovely to have your visit, Julie. 'An ounce of prevention' and all that! Many thanks for your comment! :)

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      OMG, we were just talking about this recently -- there is NO backup for me at work and the business would be in doo doo if something happened to me. SO, we will be tackling this really soon and making some changes.