When people were asked to stay at home to keep the threat of COVID-19 at bay, businesses were hit hard. No industry was spared. One by one, the world saw businesses shutting down; even long-established names that have been around for decades, even centuries. But as people started adjusting to life in the “new normal,” businesses that have managed to stay open have become more adept at adapting as well.
If there is a silver lining to the pandemic, it is this: it has given birth to brave new entrepreneurs who took a risk to make people’s lives just a little bit better through what they offer. With that said, here are the businesses, both old and new, that are thriving despite these trying times:
1. Food businesses
No matter what the situation is, people still need to eat, and with everyone being asked to stay at home as much as possible, dining out at the drop of a hat has become a thing of the past. Take-out and delivery, especially delivery, have become the new norm; and food businesses are quick to adapt to this new normal. Business-minded foodies are also quick to jump on the bandwagon. From restaurants to home-based food businesses, these businesses are thriving and growing these days.
2. Pet services
Another bit of good news that came out of this pandemic is the adoption rate at animal shelters. For the first time in decades, animal shelters across the country are reporting a 100% adoption rate. And with a lot of animals now finding their forever homes, pet owners suddenly found themselves learning how to be good and responsible pet parents. This sudden spike in adoption also translated to a spike in pet services; not only veterinary services but grooming and training as well. Pet supply stores have also seen a spike in demand.
3. Event vendors
When events had to be canceled, vendors and suppliers suddenly found themselves without customers. But that was only during the first months of the lockdown. As people started to adapt, they found new ways to make their loved ones feel special. For event vendors, this meant a spike in door-to-door deliveries for their flowers, balloons, party favors, treats, and more. Large gatherings may still be prohibited but this hasn’t stopped people from celebrating special occasions with their loved ones in their way, despite social distancing limitations.
For these businesses, customer calls have dramatically increased as demand for their goods and services continuously grow.
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