So many of our
businesses are feeling the strain of Eskom's load shedding. The feelings of
frustration and the inability to do anything about lost time and, at times,
lost work are being expressed across all industries. Of course, concerns about
delays and lost data become even bigger when dealing with your financial
Here are a few general
tips on how you can outwit Eskom and keep on working:
Ensure all your laptops and mobile devices are
fully charged. If you have a high quality laptop, the charge can last as long
as 12 hours, though the norm should be around 2 hours, allowing you to keep
working even if you are offline and in the dark.
2. Review your
software's export / import functionality. There is software available that
allows you to export specific data into the familiarity of Excel; work on your
figures, and re-import it. This means you can export the data you are working
on before your area is load shed, and re-import it with changes into the system
once the power returns.
As a side note, check
the file format for importing data; using .xlsx as opposed to .csv. ensures no
dropped leading zeros, no duplication and import functionality that is
impossible using .csv files.
3. Check if your
software has an auto-save function. How often do you hit “Control-S”while working
on your documents? How much peace of mind will it provide knowing your data has
been saved automatically if the load shedding schedule changes unexpectedly, and
you didn’t hit Save
after that last set of calculations?
4. If you are working
offline, you may create additional documentation that relates to your budget.
Check if you have the ability to upload supporting documentation at every step
of the budget process, as this will allow you to provide full motivation and
explanation for budgeted values when needed.
Your financial software
can’t keep your
power on for you, but it can keep you powering through with what you need to
do, supporting you in keeping the lights on in your business in the longer