The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is, without a doubt, one of the worst things that have ever happened to the business industry. Thousands of businesses worldwide are experiencing a severe loss of profits, laying off staff, or shutting down altogether. However, some businesses are feeling better than ever, and here are the small businesses that have benefited from the pandemic.
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1. Food deliveries
For months, people had to rely on food deliveries for a large chunk of their meals, and even though now everyone is mostly free to go anywhere to shop, thousands of customers have already gotten used to the idea of having food delivered to them without having to leave the house. Takeaway restaurants, fast food joints that do delivery, and small grocery delivery business have thrived in this pandemic.
2. Cleaning services
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have started getting more sensitive about the state of their homes. At the same time, most Nigerian families now spend more time at home than ever before. As a result, the demand for cleaning services has grown significantly. These days, cleaning services not only wipe the dust off the surfaces and clean the kitchen, but also use disinfectants to achieve a spotless state of the home.
3. Online workouts
For several months, visiting the gym was out of question, which made the quarantine even harder for individuals who are conscious about their fitness. The good news is that there are plenty of paid online workouts where a professional coach will guide you through every step of keeping your body fit. Manufacturers of at-home sports equipment such as rubber bands and yoga mats are also thriving at the moment.
4. Hobby kits
At first, staying home all day seemed like an attractive idea and a great way to catch up on your missed TV shows and movies. However, things got boring very fast and people started looking for new hobbies to try. This gave small hobby companies an opportunity to expand and get noticed by more customers. Painting, craft, sewing, home gardening, and other hobby kits have been all the rage during this pandemic.
5. Alcohol stores
Whether you like it or not, alcohol remains one of the most popular ways to alleviate stress, and it’s safe to say that 2020 has been one of the most stressful years in history. With stress levels in the society at an all-time high, more people turned to alcholol as a quick way to unwind, and small liquor stores certianly did not miss the chance to benefit from it.
6. Home improvement
With more time spent at home and more time on people’s hands in general, there has been a surge in home improvement, remodelling, and gardening demands. This concerns both stores who sell home improvement equipment and products, and service providers who can help with the most challenging remodelling tasks.
7. IT services
For millions of workers, the coronavirus pandemic has become the first time where they had to actually work from home. Without an in-house IT team you could consult in your office, dealing with computer issues has probably been very challenging, especially for the older generation of employees. This has helped small IT service business expand to more customers than ever while helping people in need.
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