The global pandemic that has been going on for nearly two years now has changed a lot of aspects of people’s lives. Unfortunately, small businesses have been among the most affected. As a business owner, you may have had to adjust the way you do certain things. As scary and stressful as this can be, you should give yourself a pat on the back for being so adaptable. Adaptability is the reason many businesses have been able to survive. Here are 3 ways the pandemic might have changed the way you do business.
Because of the pandemic and constantly changing local rules and restrictions, adding a sign or two to your store may be necessary. This is to inform the public that you as a business are complying to these laws and restrictions, and also to show the same to any compliance officers that come to check.
Some examples of signage you may have to add includes signs stating your changed hours or capacity, or signs telling customers/clients that they must wear a mask and/or socially distance while inside your business. In some places, there are requirements that people be vaccinated to enter businesses, so to avoid conflict it is smart to put up signs stating that as well.
Depending on what type of business you run, you have likely had to oversee some changes in your staff in the last couple of years due to things out of your control. While sadly so many businesses have had to lay off employees or limit their hours, many other businesses have seen an uptick in business and have actually needed to hire more employees.
Either way, some type of changes in staff are inevitable when something as big as a pandemic happens. It’s best to treat these types of situations with complete transparency and empathy.
In order to adapt and stay in business during uncertain times, many businesses have found that they have had to be more innovative than ever before. Increasing your innovation by really thinking outside the box and perhaps broadening your horizons, stepping out of your niche, and widening your reach is smart when your original business model is in danger of failing due to the circumstances.
Try to consider ways in which you can change the way you do business that might be more conducive to the way the world is currently operating. The things you come up with might surprise you, but may also end up being the very reasons your business survives this mess.
The pandemic has not been fun for anyone and has affected people to varying degrees, but truly no one has suffered harder than small businesses. Have compassion when dealing with them and if you are the one in charge, hang in there! Things will get better, you may just have to learn to be a little flexible. Good luck!