When Hurricanes happen here in Florida small local business take a hit. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster. Recent data from a CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey also shows that most small business owners don’t spend too much time thinking about the environment as a critical factor. Many small businesses do not have an emergency plan, and a storm like Irma closes their doors. Remote workers need a plan as well. Remote workers take a hit when Mother Nature shows her power resulting in disruptive downtime in business. Finding a shared office solution before you need one can make the financial difference as a remote worker. Here are some examples of when knowing the local shared office solution can help in times of natural disasters.
This hurricane season has hit hard this year and exposed many businesses that were unprepared for this scenario. If you travel to a hurricane-prone area, do some research ahead of time to see what shared office solutions are available when you may need them. A hurricane has an extensive reach of disruption. You may be stranded for an undetermined amount of time if you travel to a hurricane-prone area for business. If you live in Florida and travel for your profession, you may not be able to home, and a shared office will be needed. Also, if you go to an area hit by a hurricane, you may be stuck until the airports and roads are safe. If you can find a temporary office that has power, you can utilize this space until you get the all clear.
Working from home is great until your home is flooding from a storm. Floods happen without a hurricane sometimes and having A temp office that escaped the flooding will help lower the stress of having to worry about meeting business deadlines on top of the stresses caused by the flood.
After a storm, it takes weeks to get electricity back to the community. Remote workers can’t work without power. Researching before you need them will give you a list of businesses you can call to see if they have electricity after a storm hits.
A shared office is not the only place remote workers can go to work after a natural disaster, but it is an ideal setting. Going to a coffee shop will not have a printer or provide the privacy you may need to conduct business. If you can find a shared office solution in the cities you travel to or live in before you need them, you will have a great emergency plan. If you live locally in Daytona Beach, Florida, and have never seen the office of Work Webb, call us for a tour. We would like to be a part of your emergency plan.