WHERE WOULD YOUR STORE BE IF THE INTERNET DIED TODAY?
The internet is a crazy powerful tool, but it’s not perfect.
The web’s ability to continually expand & evolve has made it an essential facet of everyday commerce, information, and social life.
In the year 2016 we can shop, read, watch, or connect with almost any brand, author, media outlet, or social network in mere seconds. From raising $1 million on Kickstarter in less than an hour to becoming an internet sensation in less time than a flight across the Atlantic, the internet has changed the way we live in almost every way; granting us unlimited access to the world.
Quick rise to internet success, however, is accompanied by its less glamorous counterpart; the potential of becoming irrelevant even quicker, leading to losses. So then, where do you think your business would stand if the internet became a thing of the past, or some of the crucial web-based services no longer existed?
Given the amount of significant information that businesses keep “stored” on the internet or in cloud based services, not having a backup system in place for those crucial details makes you vulnerable to mass losses of data. Putting all of your faith in a system that is susceptible to glitches is risky to say the least. Having a backup hard drive given the imperfect nature of the internet should be a no-brainer. It is also advisable to have hardcopies (yes, as in paper copies) of client lists. As archaic as that may sound, they will be a sure thing in the event of an unforeseen circumstance that leaves you unable to access this information online.
Here are some examples of sites you should remember to backup:
- Your accounting software (Quickbooks, Freshbooks)
- Your ecommerce platform (Shopify, Squarespace, TicTail, Wordpress, Etsy)
- Your social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Digg, reddit, Line, Flickr ++ *Backing up social media contacts are more complicated, but do consider writing them down and try to get multiple ways of contact. Also make sure to keep copies of your work, including text and pictures)
- Your emails (Google might be the world's most valuable company today, but no one can predict the future)
If the Internet died today, would you be able to call your customers?
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