Downtime is practically the time when business operations are temporarily stopped. It is very important in keeping businesses on track. Most shops, for instance, open in the daytime and close down during night time. The workers obviously need to rest and regain energy for the next day. In online businesses, however, it is the time for getting rid of bugs, clearing the cache, and refreshing the system to allow the website to run smoothly.
Basically, there are two types of downtime: unplanned and planned. Unplanned downtimes usually occur when the website encounters problems and does not work for several hours or days. These downtimes may also be caused by natural disasters such as storms. During unplanned downtimes, businesses suddenly stop their operations without warning. There is just nothing you can do when your business system develops an internal problem.
Planned downtimes, on the other hand, allow the employees and clients to prepare for the temporary halting of operations. Neither the owner nor the customers will be shocked when business operations stop. Planned downtimes are mostly preferred. Nonetheless, it is ideal to inform the customers regarding a scheduled downtime so they can prepare and place orders before business operations are stopped.
Having a scheduled downtime allows business owners, partners, and investors to assess how their business is doing on the market. It also gives them an opportunity to observe tasks, transactions, models, and operations. Planned downtimes also allow everyone to take a short break. The employees can have several days off. The business owner can use this spare time for personal reasons or for studying new trends and strategies.
Having a scheduled downtime allows employers and employees to break away from stress associated with the business. Hence, they are able to clear their mind and improve their wellness. This makes them happier and more productive. As for the customers, they will have a chance to explore other related businesses. Customers, no matter how loyal, may grow tired of seeing the same place. It is actually healthy for them to explore other options.
Every business, whether online or offline, needs to have a scheduled downtime. It is not right to operate non-stop. Everything in this world needs to take a rest. You and your employees need to rest, de-stress, and regain strength for increased productivity. Even computer systems need to shut down once in a while. They have to be fixed and maintained so they will have an improved, or maintain optimum, performance.
hey, I’m Kim + I am ridiculously passionate about helping you to work smarter and not harder + to realize how freaking amazing you actually are, exactly as you are and how easy business really can be when you are in alignment + simplify + add systems to organize your business + plan your business growth. I’ve been geeking out about online business, online marketing + systems + personal development + all that stuff since I created my first business back in 2006 + sold it.
This whole business owner thing is not for the faint of heart, there is a reason why most businesses fail!
While the road to burnout doesn’t look the same for everyone on it there are some similarities you typically experience on this path!
- You’re always in the weeds of your business
- You don’t have efficient systems and processes (or maybe none at all)
- You aren’t delegating effectively
- You can’t take time off
- You’re trying to do too many things at once + wearing all the hats
It’s exhausting just thinking about it! But there’s a way off the hamster wheel!
If you’re overwhelmed, overworked, stressed out, and worried that if you take time off the bottom will fall out from beneath you and your business will fall apart.
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