COVID19 heavily affected businesses that require foot traffic or person-to-person service companies or freelancers. How can you earn income when everyone is staying at home?
Doing business will never be the same again. It’s time to adapt and thrive in these trying times. Here are some practical ideas to transition your business online.
Online Restaurant Ideas
Partner with Food Delivery Services
No one is allowed to dine out during the quarantine period. If you can’t bring the people to your food, it’s the time to bring it to their homes instead. If you’re a local restaurant, try partnering up with:
Related read: Restaurant Owner’s COVID-19 Survival Pack
Currently, the delivery services have a “No contact delivery” policy for the safety of both you, the customers, and the drivers.
Frozen Food Option
Aside from your normal menu, you can have a “frozen food option.”
People want to stock food for the quarantine days. Who doesn’t want to have a supply of their favorite local fried chicken or that ribs infused with your secret recipe?
Or maybe you have a secret sauce that the locals really crave for. Check your menu and be creative with what frozen or packed food you can offer.
Online Tutoring, Coaching, and Consultation Services Ideas
The tutoring, coaching, and consultation services are hit heavily with the cancellation of sessions and classes across the board. But with technology today, you can offer online classes and consultations!
Zoom is a powerful video conferencing tool that allows you to conduct online classes, create breakout sessions, and more! (Check out our Zoom guide to take advantage of its features.)
On the other hand, Calendly is an online platform that helps you schedule meetings automatically. You just need to set your parameters. And let the client meetings fill up your calendar. Check this video to get an idea on how it can be synced in your sales efforts.
Related read: Service Provider’s Guide to Going Online
Marketing Your Services
Now that you have a basic idea, it’s time to market your services.
If you haven’t already, create a Facebook page or Instagram account and show the world that you are offering services online! You can also create your own website.
If you don’t know how to manage and create from scratch, you can outsource these services online.
Financials and File Management
As to payments, you can take a look into payment platforms like Paypal to integrate cash and credit card payments to your business. Time trackers are also essential to compensate your employees working-from-home properly.
As the saying goes, tough times don’t last, but tough people do. Let us all toughen ourselves up and adapt to the situation. It will drastically change our operations, but the results can be something better in the long run.