No business owner wants to sit idle while waiting for the pandemic to pass. But it can be tough to find ways to further your business when times are hard and the clock feels slow. The thing is, you can put this downtime to good use by working toward improving your skills and your company’s odds of success. Check out these tips from Sewall House to start prepping you and your organization for post-pandemic success.
Tackle Admin Tasks
If you have downtime due to the pandemic, now is the time to start handling administrative tasks that were on the back burner.
Create a plan for transitioning to remote work full-time — if it works for your organization, that is.
File your business paperwork; forming Maine LLC may be the perfect organizational fit.
Spend time learning how to navigate virtual work tools to streamline your workday.
Learning from others is an excellent way to pursue growth in your industry. Connect with other companies and entrepreneurs to build each other up.
Reach out via social media to promote your company and dive into your community.
Join your local chamber of commerce to exchange information and find new opportunities.
Take a ‘good neighbor’ business approach in your community — and yes, that includes your competition.
From honing your leadership skills to learning more about industry trends, spend time studying up before jumping back into your business operations.
Explore trends related to your industry — whether it’s food, beverage, logistics, or otherwise — to prepare for your next steps.
Hone your communication skills — virtual and otherwise — for stronger remote teamwork.
Adding time to your calendar for self-care is also important, particularly now. Doing so gives you the opportunity to be proactive in handling stressors and frustrations.
Take up a daily meditation practice. If you start with this in the morning, it can set the tone for the rest of your day.
Carve out time every day to do something specifically for yourself. This can be a short walk, time spent with a good book, practicing yoga or anything else that allows you to detach for a bit.
Work with a wellness coach to find new tools and techniques that help you make self-care a priority.
Managing a business is challenging, even during the best economic times. While thinking about the difficulties you might be facing now can cause stress and anxiety, the best way to nix those bad vibes is by moving forward.
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