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STARTING A BUSINESS IN AFTERMATH OF COVID

posted 2 years ago

We are living during a strange time in history.  In a matter of a few short months, our way of life has changed on a global scale.  Businesses have had to change the way they operate in response to the coronavirus epidemic and it is certain that because of these changes things will never be the same. 

So, what does this mean for entrepreneurs who wish to start a business?  Should they even bother taking such a risk during these times?  As a general observation, there is a spike in new business and innovation after each global financial crisis.  This happened after 9/11, and the 2008 recession, and even the great depression in the 1920s.  Each spawned new business and introduced an innovation that changed our way of life as a result of having to adapt.  Social media and e-commerce came after 9/11, the gig economy introduced ride-sharing, co-working space, and online payments after the rescission. 

As a result of COVID-19, the needs of the market have changed and businesses that aim to begin during this time must look at factors that could impact how they serve their potential customers.  This begins by conducting an extensive analysis of the market to find indicators that could affect how the industry has changed.  For instance, retailers must now take a hard look at e-commerce as part of their business model.  Due to the staying at home directives, many people who had never done so before started shopping and interacting online.  Restaurants that did not have pick-up or delivery options before quickly saw the need to adapt that process into their model. 

New businesses must take a look at their own industry markets and understand how COVID-19 has affected the way business is conducted and adapt that process into their model if they wish to succeed.  Across all industries, social distancing has made changes with how customers and businesses interact.  Safety practices dictated by the CDC are now front and center.  Managers and owners are providing better training and safety guidelines for their employees.  New businesses must also include this in their operations and sales plans if they are to confirm to new social guidelines. 

TIPS FOR STARTING A BUSINESS AFTER COVID-19:

A digital first strategy will be the key for any new business looking to launch in the near future.  Consider the following as you formulate your strategy:

  • Prioritize a strong digital band identity
  • Focus on good SEO practices
  • Leverage technology to create more personalized online experiences
  • Create a communication plan before you launch
  • Create website terms and conditions
  • Create website privacy policies
  • Create website disclaimers

BUSINESS CATEGORIES THAT HAVE GROWN DURING COVID-19:

When thinking of starting your new business during this time, you may want to focus on some of the businesses categories that have soared during the pandemic:

  • Home improvement
  • Fitness and health
  • Pet products
  • Home beauty products
  • Gaming

For more information on how to legally start and grow your business please visit my website at www.golegalyourself.com

Disclaimer:  This information is made available by Bagla Law Firm, APC for educational purposes only as well as to give you general information and a general understanding of the law, and not to provide specific legal advice. This information should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.

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