NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL – COPING WITH COVID-19
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of business. For retail establishments, many doors are closed to customers. Restaurants have shifted to take out. Essential businesses are operating in an adjusted work environment. Business operations have shifted online and business development personnel are reaching out through phone, LinkedIn, video and voice conferencing, and email. Health care personnel and first responders are on the front lines of the pandemic and are stretched beyond belief.
What does all of this boil down to? Do you wonder if life ever goes back to the way it was? Fear of what is happening and what may be yet to come fills your mind. Will you be able to pay your bills? Will your family be safe? Will kids ever go back to school? Will you have a job? The changes all amount to loss and the grief you feel about things lost.
I have also read positive things with social distancing. Families are once again gathering around the table, life is existing at a slower pace, families are hiking, businesses are helping each other by supporting one another through online gift cards, and manufacturers are shifting operations to provide health-related products and sanitizer.
Many business owners are pivoting and thinking outside the box to stay top of mind or to prepare for opening their doors again when the time is right. They are part of a solution to a problem. A supply company instituted an online order system that not only will work during this challenging time but can also be utilized as a sales tool for their salesforce moving forward. A consulting company set up call times for monthly lead exchange meetings. A construction company is leveraging this time to update records and connect via LinkedIn. A construction labor force company is taking this opportunity to update their website and set up processes for a newsletter.
These businesses and many others are looking at the situation as an opportunity to continue to reach out, or prepare for a major push once we are able to be “open for business” again.
As you look at your current situation, is the glass half empty or half full. Here are some tips to make the most of your new norm.
- Review your goals – we’re still in the first quarter of 2020. Did you set goals for the New Year such as developing a vision board, writing a blog, or taking a class? If you haven’t set goals with target dates, perhaps now is the time to do so.
- Learn something new – a new platform for online meetings such as Zoom or how to create branded images using Canva.
- Read – books, online publications, and a little fiction just for fun. The most successful entrepreneurs are avid readers.
- Listen – to podcasts from thought leaders and business coaches.
- Join – Ted Recommends and receive TED programs and initiatives sent to your inbox.
I challenge you to step up and try something new. If your business has been stuck for a while, perhaps a business strategy session is in order. Maybe your website needs a refresh or marketing materials that need updating. Pick up the phone and give me a call at 724-612-0755.
About the author: Autumn Edmiston is the CEO and owner of the Edmiston Group. The Edmiston Group is a multifaceted Pittsburgh based marketing consulting firm providing senior-level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long-term basis. Core areas of service are business development strategies, website creation and management, social media management, marketing, strategic planning, and public relations. The Edmiston Group has consistently delivered and implemented real-world, proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business.