Coronavirus has changed a lot about the way we work, especially because everything is online now. Even though these are challenging times, there are still ways to lessen the strain of Coronavirus on your business, and to thrive in this new fully digital business ecosystem. In today’s blog, we’ll be letting you in on 10 useful tips on how to work from home efficiently and effectively. Let’s get to it!
- Create a schedule and follow it
It’s easy to get distracted when you’re working from home––it’s not the same as working in an office. That’s exactly why we recommend that you make yourself a schedule/agenda for the day, and follow it point by point. Otherwise, things can become quickly disorganized and can lead to a stressful situation. For example, block off an hour in the morning to answer emails, then to take calls, etc. It doesn’t matter what order you complete your goals in––what matters is that you get them done in a timely manner, and a schedule will help you get there.
- Make sure to take breaks and stay active
We recommend taking short 15-20 minute breaks every few hours so that you can liven up and regroup your thoughts. A great way to spend this time is to do some yoga (if you need to decompress), follow a short workout session online, or take some time to write or read. Breaks are important to maintain productivity, and just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean that you don’t need some time off your daily tasks.
- Find the right online conferencing tool for you
If your business had to close its doors due to COVID, you can take your services/products online. For example, if you own a dance, yoga, gym or fitness center you can teach classes online, and many businesses are already doing this with great success. People want to stay connected, and we recommend Zoom for holding online classes.
- Prioritize what parts of your business you can fully take online first
If you’re a traditional brick-and-mortar store, then the shift to full-on digital can be daunting. Instead of stressing out over business losses as a result of this transition, focus on what you can bring online first (maybe e-commerce of some items), and prioritize that as part of your business plan.
- Update your web page to reflect your coronavirus response procedures
Make sure that your clients and customers are aware of the steps you are taking to respond to the Coronavirus, and how these steps will affect the way that your business operates. This doesn’t just serve as a common courtesy––it also makes people fully aware of what they should do in order to keep being your customer.
- Make sure to touch base with your coworkers frequently
We know this time can feel very isolating, so it’s important to stay in touch. Schedule a daily or weekly Zoom meeting with your coworkers so you can still see each other and find a way to connect. Remember, this is a group effort, not a sole one.
- Find a space at home and turn it into your office
Working from your bed might seem comfortable, but it can quickly relax you and cause you to not focus on your work. Therefore, we suggest that you find a space in your home that you can turn into a personal office. This will help put you in the right mindset and boost productivity.
- Examples of ways that you can shift brick and mortar online
Here are some examples of what traditional brick and mortar businesses are doing to cope with the online shift:
Yoga studios and dance studios are using Facebook Live to conduct online class sessions with students
Restaurants are implementing online ordering systems to for delivery/curbside pickup
Consultants are now doing remote sessions with customers across industries, from design to event planning, and more.
Hotels/realtors are showcasing all property specs remotely via video conferencing tools
These are just a handful of examples of traditional establishments going digital. We understand that this shift can be a lot to take in, and that’s why DreamBig is here to help you set up those online classes and online payments!
- Talk to other small business owners about their online transitions
Many businesses are experiencing the same digital transition as you are, so reach out to your local community and gain advice and input from them on how it’s going. This can help reassure your personal online shift and can give you tips on what to do next.
- If you’re a restaurant, make sure you have an online ordering system
Lastly, if you happen to be a restaurant it is important that you implement an online ordering system. This is important because since the only options available for dining are take-out or curb-side pickup, it is essential to have an online ordering system so that you can keep your doors open to hungry customers.
We know these are challenging times, and that’s why we’re here to offer our help. If you need another hand with transitioning online, or adding online ordering to your website, we would love to offer you our services. Right now, we’re offering free marketing consulting and discounted services for all COVID effected businesses. To learn more, get in touch with us over email or phone––and remember, we’re all in this together