Your E-business – Back Up, And Back Up, And Did I Mention Back Up?

Unfortunately at one time or another everyone runs into the nightmare of hard drive failure, or some other computer disaster in which the end result is that your computer has become nothing more than a really large paperweight. Do you have a back up?

In the event of this happening what are you going to do? If do not have some sort of back up program in place you are going to be dead in the water. If you are operating an online business then that can mean certain death for your business or something close to it.

So what is the solution to this dilemma? Everyone is aware of the need to back up, but up until now nobody has come up with a really “set it and forget it” process to make backing up your system something easy to do. Nobody wants to think about the dreaded crash, so they put it off to the back burner and continue on with the ten thousand other things they need to do, and keep their fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Well I want to tell you how I have solved this problem. This may seem like a plug for this company and I guess it is. But they have saved my butt on at least 4 occasions now since I signed up with them and in my opinion nobody who owns a computer should be with out this service. And it’s cheap enough that anyone who can afford a computer can afford it.

The company is called Carbonite. Carbonite offers unlimited online back up protection, for $49.95 a year. You heard me right $49.95 a year. That comes out to about .13 cents a day! You just head on over to their site and sign up, download the software, install it, run through the set up choosing what you want it to back up, set it, and you are done. They even offer a 14 day Free Trial.

Carbonite runs in the background and initially it will take a day or two to back up your system depending on how much data you have to back up. Then after that it just does incremental back ups on new or changed files which only take a short period of time each day. And that’s it. You just go about your business and forget about it. How much simpler could it be?

And if you have the dreaded crash, or say you break down and buy a new computer, ever wish there was a simple way to transfer all the stuff from you old computer to your new one? You just log into your account with Carbonite, choose the option re-install Carbonite on this computer, download and re-install the software, it automatically puts you in recover mode, you say HELP restore my files, and that’s it. It once again may take a day or two to completely restore your system. But you will get all your files, pictures, etc. back.

You won’t see an affiliate link anywhere in this article for Carbonite or in the author box below. I just want people to know there is a solution out there. For unlimited back up, at $49.95 a year, that you can set it and forget it? In my opinion this is one service / program that should come pre-installed on every computer sold. You can just Google Carbonite to get to the site address. Go check it out, don’t wait until that dreaded disaster happens to you!

5 Tips to Get Your Ailing Business Back on Track

When you started your business, you likely had a plan.

You were eager, enthusiastic, and couldn’t wait to change the world! The business owners you met were as eager, enthusiastic and inspired as you were. You were thinking “business ownership must be amazing! Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

As time went on, you put your plan in a drawer (or another similar place that you don’t reference often enough) and continued running your business. You knew what you wanted and where you wanted to go – you had your plan in mind, and were plugging right along.

Things went along fine. The business was functioning, money was coming in and work was getting done.

Over time, you were so busy running your business that your wants, dreams and desires went on the back burner (I mean, seriously – how would you have time for yourself and to run your business?).

But that was OK, because the small business owners met were as tired, overwhelmed and disillusioned as you were. You were thinking “business ownership isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Why did I do this?”

Sound familiar? Are you nodding along as you read, identifying fully with this scenario?

I am amazed at how many business owners know things aren’t working – they know it in their head, or maybe in their gut – but they don’t do anything about it. The result? Poor team morale, low productivity, unsatisfied customers. Not to mention the affect on the business owner, which can range from poor physical health to personal relationships that are deteriorating.

Here’s the Million Dollar Question – what are you doing about it? Here are some tips:

1. Go back to your plan. Remind yourself of the passion you once had. Find that old feeling that got stuffed in the drawer with the plan.

2. Write a new plan. What parts of the original plan are still working, and what parts need to be shifted? No, I don’t mean what parts should be changed to justify your current business situation.

3. Identify where things went off track. Be honest – you know where it happened. You felt it in your gut, but passed that feeling off as too much coffee.

4. List the things in your business that aren’t working. It’s okay to admit your baby isn’t as cute as you think. If you don’t acknowledge the areas that aren’t working, you can’t fix them.

5. Find support. A mastermind group, a trusted colleague, even better would be a business coach. It should be somebody who will hold you to task and support you through the changes you know you need to make. Even the best business owners/mentors/athletes have their own coaches. How do you think they stay at the top of their game?

Don’t bury your head in the sand. Don’t be afraid of the tough questions, of seeing your business for what it is, of having the difficult conversations and doing the hard work.

Get real – get to it. I know there is nothing you can’t do. Remember, you started a business and you loved it. You can again.

Stop Letting Money Hold Your Business Back