Right now we are just entering the 3rd week in the UK of our social isolation and distancing, for those who can work from home. There are many people who have lost their income totally, and many others who may be on Furlough or shielding themselves or family members, or looking after the children, so they can’t go to work.
In my other business, my ‘day’ job with Silicon Bullet Ltd, I train bookkeepers and I have been super busy as everyone struggles to work out what they are entitled to from the daily government announcements, writing blog posts with practical tips on processing payroll and how to manage the grants and allowances when you claim them. But for many people, it’s still a waiting game to know what they will be entitled to, if anything, and when they might get it.
Remember though that in a couple of weeks time there will be people who are earning their 80% pay but they have greatly reduced their outgoings. No daily commute to pay for, no take out coffees, no meals out or trips to the pub. Also, the novelty of staying home will be wearing off and boredom will be setting in. I know my daughter, at 20 , is starting to look at online shopping sites so when she gets her furlough wages from her part-time pub job she can buy a nice outfit for when she can go and see her friends again.
So don’t think that there is no-one around to buy your Forever Living products, or your home crafted items, or whatever it is that you sell. Now is the time to use your enforced lockdown to be your most creative, learn how to use TikTok, learn what to post on Instagram and how to connect with people on LinkedIn, learn how to promote your business and build your connections with online networking on zoom. Whatever tasks you have been putting off because you never had time, now is the time to get on with them.
Do your ‘homework’ now so you can grow your business, whatever it is, in the future when you are once again free to go out and socialise. Personally, I am also advocating the self-employed getting your tax return done and submitted now while you have admin and downtime, so when you are free to get out again you know a) how much tax you are needing to save up and b) you can concentrate on income-producing activities when you have more freedom.
So that’s one of the reasons I have returned to blogging here when I’ve not had time to love the last year, and I’m talking about how the wonderful Forever products are so kind to the skin when you need to wash your hands so often. What ‘homework’ can you do ?