A recovery plan is important in every type of business. While I am a fan of a much more proactive approach with daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly assessments to avoid even needing a recovery plan, if you haven’t been doing these assessments and are in a place where you need a recovery plan, this article will be invaluable to you. 

When a business starts to fail, it is very important to create a business recovery plan which will help in improving the failing business and bringing it back from the brink of closure. In order for businesses to recover, there are various steps that need to be taken.

What Is a Recovery Plan?

A recovery plan is a written statement that indicates the steps that need to be taken in order to recover a failing business. A recovery plan is good to have especially when you are facing bankruptcies, significant losses that may lead to the closure of a business, and other significant threats.

Why a Recovery Plan is Important

A business recovery plan is very important as it helps in saving a business. A business recovery plan can be created in order to help turn a business around after it has failed. The plan should be created in a way that will help guide the revival of the business. The plan should indicate the steps that need to be taken in order for a business to be revived.

What Are the Ways to Create a Recovery Plan

There are various ways that can be used in order to create a business recovery plan. 

1. Assess Your Business

The first step to creating a business recovery plan is to assess your business. You need to gather the necessary data to understand exactly what is happening with your business, why it got to the point of needing a recovery plan and an honest assessment of whether or not it is salvageable. The possible reasons a business may not be able to recover can be caused by various things. Some of the factors that may cause the business not to recover are bankruptcy, severe financial loss, and so on. When you have identified the problem and finished your thorough assessment, then you need to know the next step.

2. Review Your Time Frame for Recovery

This is the next thing that you need to do when creating a business recovery plan. This is because there are different timelines for different situations. When the business is about to fail, there is only a very short timeline for the recovery efforts to take place. On the other hand, when the business is not in a critical time, then you can allow yourself a longer time frame for the execution of the plan to turn it around. You need to have a well-planned time frame depending on the situation based on how much of a runway you have to turn the business around and bring it back into the black.

3. Identify the Resources Needed for Success

One of the important things that you need to consider when creating a business recovery plan is the identification of the resources needed for recovery. The resources that you need to identify when creating the business recovery plan include people, money, knowledge, skills, and so on. Create an in depth analysis of who, what, when, where and how you need these resources to play out in order to save your business.

4. Create Recovery Strategies

The next thing that you need to do when creating a business recovery plan is to create recovery strategies. The creation of recovery strategies is very important in order to help turn your business around. The strategies being created should be made in a way that will help in reviving your business in an effective manner. How will you utilize the resources previously identified in the time you have to drastically change the trajectory of your business? 

This may be the most difficult element of your recovery plan because you may be accustomed to doing things a certain way in your business, and it may be difficult (if not near impossible) to see the possibility for a new strategy. This is where the next step becomes crucial.

5. Seek Help from Experts

When creating a business recovery plan, it is important to seek help from experts. A business coach can help create a business recovery plan tailored to your specific situation and needs. They will have knowledge and perspective that can support you to see your opportunities in a new light and to come up with an effective, time sensitive strategy to help you bring your business from failure to success.


Creating a business recovery plan is very important in order for the business to recover. It should be created in a way that will help guide the revival of the business and will help turn the business around.

Bri Seeley is a business coach in New York that helps entrepreneurs drive their business in the right direction and into success. Let us help you recover your business today! Schedule an appointment today!

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