The one thing that no small business owner wants (besides disgruntled ex-employees, no clients, random personal life emergencies, a slump in the economy, aggressive tax laws, or… no, no, back on focus) is a break-in. A robbery can cripple a small business, especially if they deal in tangible, tragically liftable merchandise. Like, for example, a brand new small business dealing in all things knitting related. Handcrafted, quality items ranging from socks and mittens for kittens (a big hit with the internet denizens, you’d better believe it’s a thing) to wedding gowns (for the particularly dedicated knit enthusiast getting married outside in the wintertime, specifically), not to mention raw materials, spinning supplies, needles, beads, accessories… an entire craft’s worth of tools and products.
All right, so this is personal and somewhat less hypothetical than we might have lead you to believe. It’s awful. A tragedy, a crime against mankind, an act of psychological warfare, the murder of what we three artists turned small business owners hold most dear! As soon as we discovered the break-in we (burst into hysterical tears that fed itself into an eternal loop of hysterical tears) called an emergency locksmith intervention: get every lock replaced, every window-latch checked and possibly bolted shut, every door reinforced with lasers and motion-sensing shrink rays—all right, so the locksmith didn’t have lasers or shrink rays (but they did have motion sensors. Seemed to be a little bit of a reach, a locksmith having motion sensors, but we suppose that it is tangentially related to the matter at hand), but they did a fine job of replacing all of our current locks and installing extra deadbolts on all of the entrance/exits (of which there were two, but you really only need one to give up the ghost to lose everything!).
Our general consensus was that we should have called a commercial locksmith from the very start, when we were still arguing over pen cups and the merits of different types of highlighters. Saved us all the headache with a strong dose of preventative measures. Maybe you don’t need extra locks on your personal place of residence, but as a business owner, it is absolute foolishness not to have a little added security on the place. This is not just your personal belongings, people! This is your lifeblood, your source of income, you precious idea-child that you have nurtured into a place of viable business! It’s a pretty big deal, a huge accomplishment, and to have it all destroyed in a single visit by some shady character in the middle of the night… It makes us sick just thinking of it.
Now we all have two extra keys on our key rings, but we feel better for having them there, for the heightened security, modest as it may be as compared to other places, gives us more peace of mind, which we are able to channel directly into knitting therapeutic lavender-scented rice eye pillows for all those who struggle to relax after a day of work (during which, say, you discover you’ve been robbed blind. Just sayin’).