Your business might be cleared to reopen by state and local authorities, but are you ready to take on the new challenges that await? Reopening your business efficiently takes time, consideration, and attention to detail. To ensure everyone’s safety, you need to thoroughly research local regulations to make sure you’re compliant.
Thankfully, you don’t have to go through the painstaking process of reopening your business alone. These resources can provide assistance with logistical considerations at the beginning, along with ongoing support as your business settles into the new norm.
First, you need to consider what you need to change when reopening your small business, and how you can do it.
The details vary based on your business, industry and area. This social distancing and post-coronavirus reopening checklist includes the basics:
Beyond basic safety measures, you can also make this an important moment for your business by considering grand reopening ideas. New regulations might make this a more difficult challenge, though you can find a way to make this a memorable experience for customers. In addition to other channels, be sure to promote the event on social media.
Overall, your most important responsibility when reopening your business is taking the right precautions based on your industry and location. Take the time to research and think creatively about potential solutions, and implement them before getting back to business.
Right now, customer service means paying close attention to the health and safety of your employees and customers. But finding a way to clearly communicate that to your customers is essential, too.
As mentioned previously, this information should be highlighted in upcoming emails, social media posts and on your website. However, for customers who choose to visit before reviewing anything online, in-store reminders can go a long way, too.
Even without graphic design experience, you can create informational flyers to post around your business.
Created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this ready-to-print template flyer gives you a way to provide important information about what you’re doing, and also to ask customers to take necessary steps. You’ll have the option to check off standard options by category (or fill in your own information), and insert your logo.
While this is crucial for the health and safety of your customers and employees, it also doubles as marketing for your business—especially during a time when people care about safety more than ever.
If you’re reopening your business, then customizing this flyer is a quick and easy step toward covering your bases.
Managing employees and ensuring they’re in good health can be a handful, especially when safely reopening your office. Taking advantage of these helpful online services is a great way to keep everyone safe, while attending to your business.
By taking advantage of one of these services, you can help create a safe office—but you may have help waiting in your neighborhood.
Depending on where your small business is located, you may also be able to take advantage of a small business resource center. Many local business & company resource centers specialize in providing assistance to entrepreneurs in the area.
Local resource centers might not be operating normally, but may offer:
To learn more about safety tips for office workers and other resources you can tap into, call your local resource center.
The time window to apply for the PPP loan might have closed, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Many states have unique funding programs, which are tailored to help your business based on the current COVID-19 situation.
While all programs are different, many help you get cash to continue keeping employees on board, or scale back up while reopening your business. Unlike the PPP loan, though, not all will have a forgiveness program.
To learn what small business grants or lending programs you might be eligible for based on your state, check here.
Be careful not to stop after implementing a few updated best practices. As the tide shifts and numbers fluctuate, small business guidelines could change as well.
Be sure to look out for new developments (or even ideas) for your industry regularly.
Remember: the safer your business, the less likely you’ll be to close, and the better your cash flow.
As the pandemic has already shown us, there will be more hurdles along the way. But if your business is agile, you can make the jump to adapt.
A business line of credit could be your ticket to conquering any new regulations, and taking business to the next level.
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Matt Carrigan is the Content Writer at National Business Capital & Services. He loves spending every day creating content to educate business owners across every industry about business growth strategies, and how they can access the funding they need!