What do you do when you have to close your salon or spa temporarily
In the last week, I have gone from being booked solid with a waitlist to shutting my doors.
This is so surreal. I’m having a hard time processing what to do next. I, like many others in our industry, feel the pinch of the Covid outbreak. I feel like I’m going into a mourning period. I have had a full-time job since I was 16. And now my full-time job is to stay at home with my kids and keep ourselves busy.
Where I am located there has been almost no direction from our Public Health Authority about what the personal services industry should do right now. Some spas are staying open and some are choosing to close. Until the government announces something concrete, it is your choice.
Another thing I’m trying to sort out in my head is what I’m going to do for money. I’m waiting for more government announcements on how and IF they have a plan to help us. Many of us don’t qualify for EI so we are going to have to figure out how to pay our monthly bills.
So. In this crazy time, what can I do? These are just some random notes and thoughts that have been filling my head. Hopefully, this will give you some ideas about what you can do.
Keep my business running on the backend.
•Offer to deliver products if clients want to email orders in.
•Keep in communication with clients and send them positive thoughts and tips on how to care for their skin, nails etc at home.
•Post positive messages and gratitude on social media accounts so I don’t fall off their radar.
•Take FREE online courses! (I’m working on a list here)
•Update my website
•Update and redesign my client consultation forms. I use Canva for this
•Organize my filing system
•Researching new products and techniques
•Downloading business podcasts
•Spend time learning how I can increase my sales when I get back to work.
•Pre-plan a year’s worth of promotions and do the social media to accompany them so I can just pick a promotion and it’s ready to go.
•Pre-plan a year’s worth of general social media posts and add them to an automatic scheduling system. I pretty much all ready do that but I want to come up with more.
•Find all of the free listings ie: yelp, Yellowpages, google etc and make sure the information is up to date.
•As I figure out more I’ll add them
My family and kids.
This is a difficult one for me to navigate. Going from spending a few hours a day with my kids to 24 hours is tough. Until the school board comes up with a plan, I have a few ideas on how I’m going to keep busy:
→Printable worksheets by grade
→Letter writing to friends and family
→Art projects (thank-you Youtube)
→Head to the hiking trails
→Typing tutor for my oldest boy
→I ordered some puzzles and model cars from Amazon
→Planning our summer camping trip
→Cooking and baking
→Purging the bedrooms
→Check out all of the online resources my friends have been passing around
Operate with no income coming in
The money thing is scary and I have a bit of a nest egg for an emergency but I also am looking into a few things:
$ Stop automatic payments on my investments
$ Check out what temporary solutions there are for regular payments ie: Skip a mortgage payment, car payments or other loan payments. (This is not an ideal plan but I’ve gone from having a massive income to zero for now and will have to weigh the options)
$ Pay my taxes at the very last minute.
$ I noticed my bank is offering to set up appointments with financial planners for those who need help making a plan.
$ I am going to sit down and figure out what the repercussions would be if I make just minimum payments on credit cards and loans and such. It’s not ideal but I will have zero income for a while and this may be the only way to get through it.
$ Do a strict budget both for the business and my family
Times are going to be tough. We know that. Let’s try to use this time wisely so that when we are able to get back to work or the clients start coming through the doors we are more than ready. I’m thankful I have this website to keep me sane and I hope you use it to find resources to work on building your business.
Let me know if you are planning anything to help get you through this time. firstname.lastname@example.org