Ensuring you have the right attitude to protect your small business

By Henry Brown

When it comes to business, the best advice would always be looking to the future to ensure that you are taking the right steps. The idea and the courage and faith have taken you to this point, so now you need to be savvy with your choices and consider the decisions you make. Security and protecting your business should always be a top priority, but how can you ensure that you have the right attitude towards it? Here are some of the things to consider.

Taking precautions digitally

So much of our businesses are done online these days. It isn’t just the website that you have or the option that customers have to order online. It is not about the social media side of things and the content that you share; we also store data in cloud services and this can be personal data of customers as well as data for the business. This is why it is so important for you to consider the protections that you have in place digitally. Firewalls, protections and added security that IT specialist can work on for you would be a good idea.

Ensuring the physical aspects of security are updated

When it comes to your business, it isn’t all about digital protection. You still need to think about the physical side of things. You may have a storage unit, or even a shed in your garden at home that houses all of your stock. It might be that you have a warehouse, an office or a shop to think about. This is when you may need to update the security systems you have in place. Things like cctv installation or even things like an upgraded alarm system can help you to feel more assured that your business premises is safe. As we enter into winter and approach the festive season, it is more important than ever as the threat of break-ins increases during this time of year.

Considering old employees or people who had access

Your business may have expanded so much that you have been or are in a position to hire staff and take on employees. It is a great position to be in as it means that your business is heading in the right direction. However, not all staff members are permanent fixtures, and it could be that you hire someone who just didn’t work out. You need to be mindful of disgruntled employees who perhaps have kept passwords or even keycards or fobs for access. They could cause more harm than you can imagine. Make sure you change things when people leave and take back all access cards and keys.

Taking things outside of the home

Finally, so many businesses start at home, and this can be a great option for you as a business owner, but you also need to be mindful that it may be better to protect your business and your home if you were to keep things outside of it. This might mean a storage unit where they have their own security measures in place or even a warehouse. It means your home becomes less of a target for opportunists, and could help you to protect your home and family.

Let’s hope these tips help you to protect your business now and in the future.


Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop, he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.

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