With restrictions set to ease in the coming weeks, it’s time to start thinking about how to re-open your business.
This guide will help you put a plan into place to get your business back on its feet as soon as you have the green light to re-open your doors to customers.
Re-evaluate your business strategy
The pandemic has fundamentally shifted the way many industries function, and ‘business as usual’ may no longer exist. So even if you aren’t able to reopen your business yet, there are plenty of things you can do now to ensure you’re prepared when the time comes, such as reviewing your strategy. Consider the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak to your sector and your business, and how you should adjust your strategy to suit the evolving market.
Work out the logistics
Before reopening, ensure you have clear processes and policies in place to resume trading safely. Consider:
- How to set up your place of business to enable social distancing
- Changes you should make to your employee roster, for example, minimising the number of staff working together
- Changes you should make to your operations, for example, reducing trading hours
- Changes to your policy on hygiene practices, for example, directing employees to wash their hands with soap and sanitise at regular intervals
- Changes to your cleaning policy, for example, frequently disinfecting communal surfaces like tables and chairs
- How to train and supervise employees on new policies and procedures.
Make sure your well stocked and equipped
If your business has been closed for an extended period, chances are your supply chain has come to a grinding halt. As businesses start re-opening, it’s likely there will be increased demand for supplies, and even potential shortages.
Depending on your industry, it could be wise to start stocking up on non-perishable supplies. Remember that it might take time for your sales to pick up, so keep orders conservative until you have a better picture of customer demand.
Also, stock up on supplies you’ll need to protect your employees and customers, such as soap and cleaning products, face masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment.
Phase back into business