If you’ve spent the time and energy required to get a new business off the ground, then it’s worth also taking steps to protect it from potential harm. Even a small oversight can expose you to significant risk. Let’s take a look at five protective measures you might consider.
Get Good Business Insurance
No matter how stringently you look to minimise risk, you can never render yourself completely safe. Even if there are fire extinguishers in every kitchen, you might find that one day there’s a perfect storm of misfortune that causes your premises to burn down. But not all forms of insurance are built alike, and in some cases a more specialised kind is desirable. One variety that’s increasingly called upon is cyber-insurance, which protects against computer-related harms. Given the spread of computerisation, this is something which many new businesses will want to consider.
Find a Good Lawyer & Accountant
There are certain kinds of professional upon whom you’ll want to be able to rely in a time of crisis. Finding these people before the crisis in question arrives will stand you in good stead, and prevent you from having to frantically search for options. A good solicitor, for example, will allow you to react swiftly to copyright infringements, while a good accountant will help you to ensure that your tax affairs are in order, and that you aren’t paying over the odds.
Applying for Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights
For some businesses, the ideas and inventions you produce might be worth as much as all of your premises and equipment put together. There are legal means of protecting your work, and you should look to exercise them. A competent lawyer will be able to advise you about the best way forward.
Protect your Employees
The most pressing threat to the physical wellbeing of your employees is a fire. You’re legally obliged to carry out fire risk assessments and put in place plans for an emergency. This means frequent drills. This doesn’t just apply to fires, however, but to any potential threat to health and safety. Taking these things seriously will not just protect your staff against undue risk; it’ll also help to earn their goodwill.
Use a Business Credit Card for your Expenses
Having a single business credit card shared by your employees will vastly lessen the administrative burden, especially if your employees are frequently travelling, and making small purchases at service stations and cafes. They also mean less scope for costly error, and less chance of fraud being committed.