The coronavirus pandemic has left many businesses unable to operate, leaving them in a precarious and uncertain position over the last few months. But with lockdown restrictions beginning to ease in most places, it’s time to look to the future and get your business ready.
Apprehension and nervousness are expected at this point, but it’s important to do what you can to make sure your business is ready to open safely, ready to welcome back clients, and enjoy a fresh start.
Take a look at the following tips to help you get ready to reopen your business.
Make it safe
One of the key things you need to think about right now for your business is safety. Your employees and your clients will likely feel nervous about returning to normal, so you’ll need to make sure you do everything you can to keep your business clean and safe. As well as keeping the work environment clean, you need to make sure you have enough protective equipment available. You can bulk buy scrubs from Landau, if needed, while gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer should also be bought in large quantities. Investing in safety equipment will cost your business money, but it’s a price worth paying to keep your employees and customers safe.
Provide as much information as possible
Your employees and your clients/customers will have a lot of questions at this time, which is why it’s important that you provide them with as much information as possible about your reopening. From putting an FAQ on your website to sending detailed reopening information by email, it’s better to inform everyone of what to expect when you reopen. Be patient with people wanting information at this time; everyone is concerned about their safety.
Be flexible with employees
The pandemic has led to a number of businesses changing the way they operate, with flexible working being brought in unexpectedly. For many businesses, it’s a process that works, with no disruption to operations. And if something isn’t broken, why fix it? Providing flexibility to your employees can help them readjust during this difficult time, and make sure that everyone’s comfortable with their working arrangements. Many employees might want to work remotely more regularly going forward, and if that’s something that’s worked well for your business recently, there’s no reason why it can’t continue!
Launch with a promotion
If you’ve missed out on sales recently, then bringing your business back with a promotion is a fantastic way to increase interest with your existing customers or clients, as well as win new ones. A promotion can help you rebuild your business after COVID-19, helping you get back on track – just be prepared for a busy few weeks when your doors finally reopen!
Getting ready to reopen your business is an exciting time, and signals a sign that things are starting to return to normal. Make sure your business is reopened safely, and that your customers and clients feel safe and comfortable in your hands. With lessons you can learn from this time, your business can come back fighting and stronger than before.