It’s a hard thing to do, running a business. With COVID-19 jumping into the mix, running a business just got much harder, and you have to try to keep your business afloat while the world goes into pandemic mode. A lot of things can do wrong in a business, but you have to adapt to be able to remain relevant in your industry.
We’re in the middle of something no business could have properly planned for, and while things may be a little more difficult, it doesn’t mean that we can’t survive in these times, right? You need to manage your business through these difficult waters, and that comes with making a plan for managing this crisis. So, let’s take a look at how you can stay afloat and come through the other side.
You Must Adapt. Your business needs to adapt to the world around it. The crisis may be making your staff work from home, but that doesn’t mean that you will lose much in sales. You can adapt your business to online sales and be creative about it. Fitness businesses can live stream workouts and restaurants can move to a delivery service – there are ways and means to get your business the help it needs.
Seek Support. You need to keep your business afloat and there are support services out there to help. Look into how Vail Williams can help you, and how the local government can offer you finance to ensure that you are able to continue. There are ways to get support for your business, you just have to look for it!
Reach Further. Engage your IT team and make sure that your website is up to the challenge of reaching further. Going digital is something you hopefully already have involved your business in, but if not, it’s time to get on it. People will be at home right now, looking online for the services that they need. If you’re not there, what will they do instead? Exactly. Be present and be available, and brush up on your online sales skills.
Partner With The Locals. If you join forces with other businesses, you can ensure that you find support in unexpected ways. If you sell food, partner with a delivery or courier company to get it delivered. If you have a local grocery store, create prepped meals and sell them on! There are ways and means to find help and boost your business exposure at this time.
Retrain Your Employees. The protocols that you have in place right now will be different while you are all working from home, so jump on Zoom and retrain the people working for you. You can take the time right now to help them to upgrade their skills while also training them how to handle customer queries from their homes. It’s a different way to do things, but it doesn’t mean that it won’t work.