Most solopreneurs, like me, work from home. We don’t employ staff and rely on networking events to keep in contact with other people. They provide support, ideas and a chance to meet with other business owners. Sadly many of these events have now been suspended.
The coronavirus outbreak will especially hit service-based businesses as projects and events, non-essential health appointments and training courses are being cancelled or postponed. Non-essential luxury goods will also see a downturn in sales. In addition pubs, restaurants and the leisure industry will be severely hit.
If you can, please take this into consideration when you need to shop and for your other day-to-day routines. Consider your local shop, butchers, green grocers and other small business owners. Please try and support them during the next few weeks; they will have fewer resources to ride out the downturn in trade.
One thing that has brought me a lot of delight are the innovative ways in which people are coming together as a community.
Have you read about Becky Wass who has created a free downloadable postcard (see design below) that you can post through your neighbours doors offering help if needed? The printable pdf can be found here: bit.ly/viralkindness
It would be wonderful if one person feels less worried, lonely or isolated when faced with this pandemic.
Hope you all stay well.