COVID-19 – How to keep your business going through the Coronavirus Crisis

By Jennifer Hall | Podcast

Mar 16

In this bonus episode I talk you through how to keep your business afloat & thriving through the Coronavirus Crisis.

In times of serious uncertainty and panic it’s concerning for business owners – no matter the size of the business.

I’ve seen a lot of content out there around people getting annoyed at the business as usual approach that some businesses are taking and also content defending business owners who are still selling. It can be hard to know what to do for the best.

You need to keep your business going but you also want to be sensitive to the hard times we are experiencing. I wanted to provide a ‘survive and thrive’ guide for all service based businesses out there so that they can navigate this storm as a leader and as a business that can still make money without getting it morally wrong.

So here are my top ten tips on staying afloat, finding your strength and eventually thriving after the dust settles.

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The Moral Business Leaders 'Survive & Thrive'​ Guide during Covid-19

In times of serious uncertainty and panic it’s concerning for business owners - no matter the size of the business.

I’ve seen a lot of content out there around people getting annoyed at the 'business as usual' approach that some businesses are taking and also content defending business owners who are still selling. It can be hard to know what to do for the best. You need to keep your business going but you also want to be sensitive to the hard times we are experiencing.

I wanted to provide a ‘survive and thrive’ guide for all service based businesses out there so that they can navigate this storm as a leader and as a business that can still make money without getting it morally wrong.

So here are my top ten tips on staying afloat, finding your strength and eventually thriving after the dust settles.

1. Look after your current customers and clients first and foremost. They’re the most important (they've invested in you and are looking to you to support them) and losing them could mean more to your business than not gaining new clients. What can you do for them to support them through the impact it is having on them? Stay in touch, remain flexible and have compassion.

2. Plan ahead - for the customers you are moving to a more appropriate time, ensure you don’t create too much of a bottle neck when rearranging clients. Of course you have to be flexible and understand that if you want to make the most sales then you’re going to be busy when things settle down - but make sure it’s realistic and don’t set yourself up or your clients for failure (and burnout).

3. Don’t forget simple sales strategies - reaching out to previous clients, new prospects... Personal conversations are going to matter even more than ever - pre-suasion is still something I stand by and part of that is hitting objections head on in your marketing to allay fears and help to overcome them before they get on the phone. But the phone part has become even more important than ever - personal conversations are going to help give extra reassurance to your prospects that making the decision to invest at this difficult time is a good decision for them/their organisation (of course that’s assuming it is a good decision).

4. Keep your moral compass (and if you lost it while back it’s going to be even more important than ever to find it and quickly) How are you selling? Are you looking to TWIST the marketing message so it favours your business or are you looking to create messaging that serves your market first and foremost in this difficult time. Do not leverage a bad situation UNLESS it’s for the good of the person you are selling it to. Keep your moral high ground and in the long run it will pay back exponentially.

5. Adapt - offer virtual options, make your services more accessible through payment plans, low deposits, a ‘secure now at a lower price and take advantage later’ option. I’m not a fan of discounting even in these turbulent times. It’s far better to create something new and at a different price point. Discount at your own risk - whilst some see it as a noble and kind offer - some see it as an undercut from what they paid originally and a desperate attempt to make sales. Create a new offer - that’s my advice.

6. Remember who you are talking to - how is this crisis affecting them specifically? What can you do to create a relevant USP that will help them with their most urgent problem and their objection to being able to invest now?

7. Pivot - It’s possible that in this time of crisis your particular ideal client will retreat entirely from your product - at the moment it may just not be on their list of priorities. This of course is dependent on your industry and who you are serving and will eventually return to normal BUT this could be a good time to knuckle down and pivot to an ideal client that may not be AS affected and perhaps more in need/less resistant. There is nothing lost with looking at other revenue streams.

8. Stay in touch - just because someone is not ready to buy now doesn’t mean they won’t in the future, the more you engage your customers now and look after the relationship the more likely they will be to pick up the phone and buy when times are better.

9.Check your positioning. Use any extra time you have not serving clients to check your positioning in the market. How can you best make use of the time - obviously looking after your current clients comes first and remembering to stay in touch with hot prospects AND prospecting with mindfulness & compassion of the current situation is important - but beyond that…
How strong is your USP? Do you have one? Use this time to really hone in how your business can become a strength to your market in this difficult time.

Do you have a book that you’ve been meaning to start/finish writing that will help position you as a leader in your field?

Perhaps review your LinkedIn profile and it’s messaging to ensure you're hitting all the right spots with your ideal client.

Do you need to review your messaging so that it accurately reflects your ideal client, their problem/goal and perhaps addresses the new situation that your ideal client finds themselves in?

How are you perceived by the market? I’m observing a lot of FREE coaching and services going on out there which is great for those that it will help - but the question is - who is actually taking you up this offer? This is going to sound rather mean but at the end of the day it’s the truth… a lot of the people that tend to (not all) but tend to reach out to this offer are the freebie hunters who were never going to invest even the good times… keep a close eye of how many quality people/businesses are reaching out to you after your offer of help, it will be a good indicator of your positioning within the market.

10. Lastly I want to tell you to LEAD. It is the leaders who prevail in times like this - be the strength for your market, hold the torch of compassion & positivity and keep going.

In times like this an element of normality needs to be kept in order for normality to resume. This won't last forever, the dust will settle and the markets will recover - stay strong. Be sensitive to the impact it is having on those you serve but keep moving forward.

I’m sending everyone affected by this pandemic the best of wishes and heartfelt condolences to those more seriously affected.

About the Author

Jen Hall is Business Clarity Coach for Coaches, Consultants & Experts who want to become Unrivalled Go-To Experts. Jen not only gets you clear on your micro-niche, message and what makes you unique and desirable, but she helps you to define what makes you an irrefutable offer to the market so you can position yourself as a high-end 'must have' option for your prospects. She is a Multi-Award Winning Speaker and Best Selling Author of Expert Unrivalled.