Let’s Get Back to Work Safely
Business owners with a plan for the post-COVID-19 shutdown will be the most successful. Below you’ll find information to help you and your business re-emerge.
Build a Business Model Responsive to Change
To re-open your business, you will need to consider how you can do this in the safest possible manner to protect your business, employees, customers, and community from any potential spread of COVID-19. The most successful businesses in the post-COVID-19 shutdown era will be the ones that have evolved their business models to best handle changes in the market. After all, it is not the strongest businesses that survive, nor the business with the best service or product, but the one most responsive to change.
No small business owner could have planned, let alone imagined, the challenges we have faced in the past few months as COVID-19 impacted businesses. Now, business owners must take what we have learned and observed about market changes to planning how best to re-open business. We hope your business can not only survive but will thrive in the post-COVID-19 shutdown.
As a business owner, protecting your employees and customers protects your business. Customers will need you to assure them that you are doing all you can to keep them safe. The best way to do this is to act on a plan and communicate your status throughout. We hope the information we have provided here helps.
Prepare Your Business Re-Open Plan for Your Unique Setting
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) helps industries around the world protect workers from short and long-term illnesses and injuries on the job. In response to COVID-19, they have compiled industry-specific guidance for both businesses and consumers to safely re-open and re-engage as they emerge from COVID-19 quarantines. Click on the link(s) below that best match your business to see these general guidelines that can help you prepare your business plan to re-open in the safest manner possible.
- At-home Service Providers (non-medical)
- General Office Settings
- Gyms & Workout Facilities
- Hair & Nail Salons
- Rideshare, Taxi, Limo, & other Passenger Drivers-for-Hire
Note: The above resource guides were provided by backtoworksafely.org. They will be publishing updates and may add other industry guides.
While the information above is useful for business owners to plan for post-COVID-19, please also consider reading and implementing the recommendations for businesses you visit. We encourage you to also extend this information to fellow business owners, employees, and customers so that they can read and implement as many of the recommendations as possible.
Be Aware & Nimble to Change
We encourage you to periodically check back in on the above links and any other information pertinent to you and your business. General guidelines, resources, and tactics for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 are evolving. The more educated you are, the smarter actions you can take, and the greater likelihood that your business will be better able to navigate this pandemic.
Businesses must stay aware of any local, state, and federal directives, laws, or orders. 365BOOKSPRO has collected resources and information to aid our clients and we have made this digital resource free and available to everyone. Go to our COVID-19 Financial Guidance Resources blog post to learn more.
Additional Changes to Consider as We Re-Emerge
Clean environments are essential. There are guidelines on enhanced cleaning practices from the CDC with specific disinfectants proven to kill COVID-19. Most customers will put more value into cleanliness and will be more likely to frequent a business they feel is clean. Now is the time to make your business sparkle.
Employee and customer interactions and overall experience will be different. The use of personal protective equipment such as masks, physical distancing, and physical barriers will all impact how employees and customers interact. While these mitigation efforts help to mitigate spread, they will also change the overall experience. Businesses that find ways to adjust the experience in a way that is most pleasant will be more likely to win.
Assure customers that your business is taking the proper precautions to protect employees, customers, and their families. To do this, you must prepare plans, act on those plans, be nimble to changes, and communicate all efforts you have taken. The businesses that will survive in the new, post-stay-at-home reality will be the ones that make everyone feel safe and still provide the crucial services and products needed.
Prepare contingency plans by exploring likely what-if scenarios specific to your business. Basic questions must be answered such as: what do we do if an employee tests positive? Depending on your business type, more detailed scenarios should be considered by asking questions such as: what do we do if an employee has to enter the home of a customer who has tested positive or has a suspected case of COVID-19?
We are here to help business owners plan post-COVID-19 shutdowns & beyond!
Our entire team at 365BOOKSPRO wishes you and your business well as you navigate post-COVID-19 shutdowns. We hope this information is useful in getting your business re-open and keeping your business open after this COVID-19 shutdown we have faced. If you have any questions or information you’d like to share with us, please contact us.