I've been online for donkeys years and never had a reason until now to do this as I've never experienced a major computer crash before, not that is until about 3 weeks ago.
So when the whole system froze up completely, I lost all of my current work. All of the copywriting projects I was working on, all my saved data from dozens of products, everything, the whole lot everything gone in an instant.
And no matter what I tried to resurrect, cure the cause of the problem nothing worked. Everything was in that instant - gone. Which instantly put me weeks behind schedule.
So for the past couple of weeks I've been working flat out to not only try and keep up with my current workload but a whole pile of past orders too. The aggravation it's causing me is pretty annoying to say the very least. But...
There is a very simple solution. Simply backing up all of your data every day.
Please don't think it cannot happen to you. It can. These things happen. It's just the way it is.
And if you're a newbie just making traction in this business, imagine how you would feel if in an instant you suddenly lost everything and had to start over again from scratch.
Don't let it... don't allow this to happen to you. Back up all of your data every day.
Believe you me... I'm kicking myself that I didn't. And really, after being in this business for this long - I should have known better. Thinking it'll never happen to me is now costing me dearly.
And all for the sake of spending a couple of dollars on a memory stick or using an online service to keep my data backed up. Believe you me the 'cost' is more than worth it.
If the worst does happen to you at least you can rest easy knowing you have everything safely backed up, so in less than an hour or so, you can be back up and running, unlike me, who is now running around like a headless chicken trying as fast as I can to rewrite many pieces of sales copy as well as trying to keep on top of my current orders constantly coming in.
Be warned and BACK UP YOUR DATA EVERY DAY!