However, as we've seen, there are many variables that are beyond your control.
How do you deal with them? How do you get back on your feet when a tragedy like Katrina hits your business?
As president of Success Group International, an organization of more than 1,200 contractors, I've been assisting many of our members in those affected areas deal with getting back on their feet.
And for answers on how to do it, I turned to a great mentor who has been in that situation before, Jim Abrams. He's one of the most influential leaders in the HVAC industry, and had a business that was flooded in St. Louis several years ago. That business was under nine feet of water for more than six months.
Knowing he had that experience, I asked Jim what he would do to get a business back on its feet in the case of a disaster. This is what he recommends for all of those business owners currently dealing with disaster management.
Those are nine quick tips that Abrams suggests of any business owner dealing with disaster management. Remember, if you aren't dealing with disaster management at the moment, you could be in the future. That's one of the variables we don't have control over as business owners. But with those tips, you'll be able to manage your way through it if the time ever comes.
Terry Nicholson is president of AirTime 500. For more information on AirTime 500, call 800-505-8885. Nicholson can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication date: 10/10/2005