After a natural disaster such as a hurricane or flood strikes your business, you may be left wondering how you will ever recover your investment. While it can be challenging, it is by no means impossible. In fact, by following these four tips, you may find your business is not only up and running faster than you anticipated, but actually growing more than you ever imagined.
As quickly as possible, contact your insurance company to let them know what happened. By doing so, you can start assessing your damages, communicating with claims adjusters, and gathering the information needed to file your claim. By gathering documentation of your damages through taking photos and filing your claim quickly, you stand to recover your business investment more quickly.
While you may be able to do a few temporary repairs on your own, leave anything that is complex to the experts. This should include water damage restoration, roof repair, and anything else that is a big job. By taking this approach, you not only get the repairs done faster but also ensure you don’t make a bad situation worse, resulting in even higher repair bills. Additionally, consider finding experts that specialize in commercial buildings. A commercial water damage restoration company, for example, will be able to handle the complexity of being a business building compared to a residential-focused company.
When a natural disaster occurs in any community, most people are very eager to help. This can be particularly important for your business, especially if yours is a business that has been a fixture in your community for many years. To use community support to its full advantage, use your company’s website and social media sites to keep people up-to-date on the status of your business. Before you know it, people may be sending you donations, stopping by to buy something in support of a local business, and much more.
Finally, this will be an excellent time for you to take a step back and evaluate your current business model. In doing so, you may find ways in which you can shift your business model so that the financial impact is not so devastating. For example, you may be able to do more social media marketing to keep your business afloat online until your physical location is completely repaired.
Though it will take plenty of ingenuity and determination on your part following a natural disaster, recovering your business investment may be easier than you expected. From working with your insurer to having your loyal customers come to the rescue, your business will be back on its feet in no time.
Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.