Today, many small businesses are run directly from the home. However, since this is your business, you need to make sure the business records are secure within the home. There are added security measures that can be taken to improve your home security system that will add peace of mind when it comes to your business records.
If the small business has employees, it is critical that these records be secured. You more than likely have visitors in your home and it is only natural to want to show off your fancy new home office. More than likely, within that office will be the records of your staff or outside contractors. These records should be kept in a locked filing cabinet. Under no circumstances should this cabinet ever be left open if you are not directly present in the room.
When doing business at home, there is a chance that you will have meetings at your home. This makes your home more susceptible with so many people having access throughout the day. For this reason, a surveillance system can be used for added security. For instance, a monitor at the front door so you check the identity of all visitors before granting them access to the home.
It is also recommended that you have a safe in the office for all valuables. At the very least, you should have a fireproof safe box. All important documents, such as your business license, should be kept in this box. Keep the keys in a safe and secure spot that will not be compromised.
Take a complete inventory of all of your belongings, both business and personal. These items should be logged manually as well as a video record. You will need this for any insurance claims that may have to be made in case of a burglary or loss by fire.