Whenever a new customer comes to me with that question the first thing I ask them is "Do you have backups."  I usually get a blank stare or a response along the lines of "I don't know. Doesn't my computer just do it automatically?" Well I hate to break the news to you but it does not.  Backups need to be configured properly so that you can recover any lost data like your accounting files, employee data, customer data and any other highly valuable data.

 What is a data backup? 

A data backup involves storing copies of important files from your computers, mobile devices and servers in a specified location like a backup server, network attached storage device or even an internet based backup service. Whatever the location, it should be easily accessible in case of data loss so that recovery can be as quick and painless as possible. You will want to schedule daily as well as weekly backups to help ensure that you can recover the most current day in case a file gets changed or deleted on accident. It is highly recommend to add an offsite backup to your backup plans in case of a building disaster such as fire, lightning, flood or theft.

Why should you backup your data?

Data backup is easy to do and can save you a lot of time, money and stress.  Dealing with data loss, whether from accident or disaster, can be a strain on business operations.  If you don't have your customer list, how do you process orders?  What about inventory?  Bookkeeping?  What if you lost all of this information at the same time?  By developing a backup strategy, you position your business for quick recovery.  You could be operating the same or next day.  But without your data it could take weeks or months to rebuild your business.

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