The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shake the global economy on a massive scale. The world scrambles hard to defeat the disease and, at the same time, keep the economy afloat.
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Due to stay-at-home and social distancing measures, customers cannot drop by their favorite shops, unless deemed necessary. As a result, a majority of consumers turn to the Internet to buy what they want and need.
The heavy traffic towards online platforms offers a hopeful light for the economy as it provides more individuals (such as yourself) with opportunities to set up your online business. With quality products and the right marketing strategy, you can start your home business.
“What business should I start, though?” you might ask.
SEO and Web Design
Since many businesses are moving online, the need for quality websites is on the rise. If you can design websites and possess SEO knowledge, you can offer web and SEO services to businesses in need. You can also work with other designers to form a small agency.
Online Consultancy Business
Use your expertise and share it with others online by starting a home-based consultancy business. For example, if you are a fitness instructor or a dietitian, set up online consultancy sessions focused on creating diet plans or exercise routines. Virtually connect with your clients using an online portal or through scheduled video conferencing sessions.
To begin your consultancy business, you'll need to invest in the following:
To protect students from the virus, a majority of schools are closed. Parents are encouraged to home-school their children during the lockdown. Some parents, however, do not have the time to focus on their kids' schooling due to work. This is where an online tutor proves to be the most helpful.
If you are from the educational sector, you can ease the burden of parents by offering your services. All you have to do is make an online study material and interactive study notes that should retain the attention of your students.
Pickup and Delivery
Since a majority of businesses are striving to find ways to reach their customers' doorsteps, delivery solutions are also in demand. Food delivery services, in particular, thrive due to restaurants that switched to online delivery since they cannot open their business yet. Even if a restaurant is allowed to accept dine-in customers, some customers prefer to stay in to avoid catching COVID-19.
To get started with your delivery business, make sure you have a delivery vehicle and a branded delivery app so customers and restaurants can book your services.
The unprecedented times brought about by COVID-19 need not completely affect the economy. Thanks to the Internet, you can help keep your (as well as the country's) finances afloat by starting your business. Whether you are planning to invest for a better tomorrow or are already running a business, you can join the online revolution.
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Great ideas! If I’ve learned anything during all of this, it’s the need to be flexible and pivot. Thank you!