Course Content
Introduction to Risk Management in Small Business
Understand the significance of risk management in the context of small businesses. Define and appreciate the importance of implementing effective risk management strategies. Recognize the potential consequences of inadequate risk management through real-world examples.
Small Business Insurance
Insurance is a program into which a business pays a regular premium in return for possible payment of a claim for damages. Many small businesses cannot operate without insurance. A large number of companies paying into an insurance program ensures that there is enough money at any given time to pay out claims for damages suffered by those companies paying into the program.
Financial Risk Management
Most of the time, when businesses fail, they fail because they run out of money. In simple terms, there is less money coming in than money going out. For a short while, this may not be a problem, but if this pattern persists, the total cash will be depleted. For freelancers and gig workers who have short term contract work, there can be a period between contracts without income.
Managing Operational Risks
By incorporating these detailed elements into the operational controls, small businesses can build resilience, maintain efficiency, and mitigate risks across various aspects of their operations.
Communicating Risk Management
An effective Communication Plan is pivotal in ensuring that risk-related information is disseminated accurately, timely, and comprehensively.
Risk Management Scenario Excercises
Staying Current
Risks continue to evolve, so you have to as well.
Risk Management
About Lesson


Welcome to this short lesson on the importance of keeping your risk management plan current. In the dynamic landscape of business, staying proactive and adaptive is key to navigating uncertainties. This lesson explores why and how you should regularly update your risk management plan to ensure its relevance and effectiveness.

 Why Keep Your Plan Current?

  1. Changing Business Environment: Business environments evolve, and so do potential risks. Keeping your plan current allows you to address emerging threats and capitalize on new opportunities.
  2. Regulatory Updates: Laws and regulations can change. Regular updates ensure your business remains compliant, reducing legal risks and potential disruptions.
  3. Technology Advancements: Integration of new technologies impacts how businesses operate. Updating your plan allows you to leverage advancements and safeguard against associated risks.

How to Keep Your Plan Current

  1. Regular Reviews: Schedule periodic reviews of your risk management plan. This can be monthly, quarterly, or annually, depending on your business’s pace and nature.
  2. Environmental Scanning: Stay informed about industry trends, market shifts, and global events. This awareness helps you anticipate and address potential risks.
  3. Employee Involvement: Encourage employees to provide feedback on potential risks they observe in their roles. Their insights can be invaluable in refining the plan.
  4. Scenario Analysis: Conduct scenario analyses based on hypothetical situations. This helps identify gaps in your current plan and allows for adjustments.


Keeping your risk management plan current is not just a task; it’s a strategic investment in the longevity of your business. As you navigate the complexities of the business landscape, remember that a well-maintained plan is your compass, guiding you through uncertainties. In the next lesson, we’ll explore the communication strategies essential for effective risk management. Stay tuned!

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