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Sep 12
Steve Marr

Back-Up Power for a Home Office

Posted by: Steve Marr

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This summer a nasty wind and electric storm took out our power for 36 hours. Thankfully, I had a back-up home generator to provide power.  I work out of my house, so I invest in a good home office set-up with dedicated office space, communication system, and computers. My clients expect me to be available. Most people who work full time at home and serve customers need power back-up as part of a home office investment.

While it may cost between $10-15,000 for a full house power back-up, this may prove invaluable during a power outage.

Customers expect you to be available and meet deadlines. An excuse will only go so far with a customer. When you fail to deliver on time for any reason, some customers move on. You may not think this is fair, but it is a reality.

One person I know sells an average of $8,000 per day from their business using the phone and Internet. When they lost power for two days, they lost $16,000 in sales at a 40% margin. This cost $6,400 in gross profit and would have paid for 50% of the generator cost. How many future sales were lost? Nobody knows.
The smaller, gasoline generators work for a short time, but a 1,500-watt gas generator won’t power much. You can keep the refrigerator, freezer, and a few lights going; but you can’t run a home office very well. Additionally, gasoline is hard to store without going bad.  During major events like Hurricane Sandy in the east, people waited in line for hours to get a few gallons of gas when it was available.

Another factor you have to consider is the choice you might have to make between using a small generator to power your refrigerator and freezer or your home office. How do you decide?

Hooking up a larger generator with natural gas or propane will provide a better long-term solution. Then you can have reliable back-up power that comes on automatically in the event of an emergency.

Jesus said, "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.” (Luke 12:35-36, NIV)

When the power goes out, you need to be ready to serve your customers. Decide now how to cover yourself during a power outage and you will need no excuses.

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