I’m writing this blog article today from someone that has not only encountered one but two floods and a cyclone when Bundaberg was hit in 2011 and again in 2013. Today we are watching Cyclone Debbie further north about to hit the coast near Bowen.

When you are a business owner, the first and foremost most important thing is keeping your family safe and high and dry. Secondly your home and then your business, a business being a shop front, factory, somebody like myself working from my home office. Having seen and heard a cyclone and thinking what damage will be caused once this thing is over is quite a scary thing, the sounds, it’s like a freight train, mother nature can be fierce, she will have her way, no matter what stands in her path.

Watching power lines fall over, watching rain come down continuously and those winds, hard to describe how the winds can swirl around going in all different directions with the rain, it’s incredible. Sometimes natural disasters can actually be a positive for your business, not a negative. You are thinking how could it be? Well if you are in business as a tree-lopper or your a builder, plumber, tradie of any kind, the clean up after a natural disaster can last for many many months.

Though I have seen businesses literally wiped out because of Cyclones and floods. The one great thing is many business owners today are working more and more from home and their businesses are virtual, using cloud based technology.

Someone like me who is a VA, well it isn’t so bad, as long as I have internet connection, that’s all I need. But most times during natural disasters, power and internet connections are down and they can be down for many many days. During the one in Bundaberg in 2013, both my phone and IPAD, the charge was low, we had no TV for days. You would only put it on for a matter of minutes just to check messages, you don’t worry about work, that’s the last thing on your mind. You are more worried about making sure you and your family are safe and your home, then your business.

So as I sit here, watching the weather, having just received another RED ALERT message of rain and winds to come, all I think about is to keep safe, high and dry. I have put measures in place around the home. I also have been working ridiculous hours getting clients work done in advance, just in case we do have no power, flooding or road closures etc.

One of the most important things is making sure you have insurance in place for your business, your own home, your family, life insurance etc. Very important, as you don’t know what is going to happen. As a VA, I’m lucky I don’t have to travel on the roads, as I am typing away as this Cyclone approaches, watching the weather outside and again while typing another alert has come up on my phone.

Remember, natural disasters can happen anywhere, anytime, mother nature you cannot stop. You need to always have systems and backup plans in place, for your family, your home and your business.

If you want to find out more about what I do as a Virtual Assistant, then please do not hesitate to contact me via phone, email or via my website.

Barbara has operated her VA business for many years. She enjoys collaborating and providing effective and workable strategies with clients. She is a lady who takes initiative with every task at hand. From Lead Generation to content writing, business development to project management with administration in between, she has you covered.

Barbara Burstall
BBMC – Virtual Assistance
(A VA who thinks OUTSIDE the square)

info@bbmc-va.com.au | www.bbmc-va.com.au | 0423 182 450