While many companies are hurting during the coronavirus pandemic, some small businesses are seeing lots of new and returning customers.
With the World’s business landscape radically changed in the past few weeks due to coronavirus, the majority of stories people are hearing concern businesses closing or laying off workers. However, some small businesses are uniquely suited to the COVID-19 crisis and have seen an uptick in demand.
With all kinds of businesses creatively learning to adapt to coronavirus, it should come as no surprise that some traditional businesses have seen success in this new landscape as well. Businesses that help people “social distance” themselves from others and retailers that help people stock up for eating and drinking at home are primary examples.
Here’s a list of small business types that are seeing business boom during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Delivery services
With many consumers afraid to leave their homes or being advised by state governments to shelter in place during the coronavirus crisis, professional delivery services have stepped up to make sure goods can be delivered to homes and businesses. While nationwide food delivery services and corporate retail deliveries have been the largest beneficiary, local delivery services such as Boomtake Logistics in Abuja, GIG are also seeing strong demand.
The director of business development for BoomTake Logistics, told Procareerclub that the company had recently hired 30 new drivers and added many new restaurants. They also said they are still looking for more drivers to help meet rising demand.
- Grocery stores
With the general public practicing “social distancing” and many countries closing restaurant dining rooms, more families are stocking up on goods and eating at home. This has led to large and small grocers alike to see surges in customer demand.
Procareerclub recently conducted a research that shows that smaller grocers have played a unique role in these trying times. It was also noted that “independent grocers are helping larger chains meet demand during this time and that grocery stores are being restocked at unprecedented speeds.”
- Meal prep delivery services
Many of the top brands for meal preparation and delivery are skyrocketing due to people spending more time at home and less at restaurants. Taking advantage of this trend, several small businesses that offer meal prep and delivery are also seeing increased demand.
J&E, a meal prep, Makurdi-based meal prep and delivery service, has seen a surge in orders from new and returning customers. “This time of year, we’re very busy so we’re prepared to handle an influx of orders.”
- Game makers and sellers
With the novel coronavirus forcing many people to stay at home instead of going out, small businesses that create board games and puzzles are popular since they help entertain families. Our research also shows that board games and puzzles were selling well, especially the timely cooperative board game Pandemic. Additionally, small video game makers that work on creative titles for children are seeing an uptick in demand with many kids unable to attend school.
- Fitness equipment companies
With many gyms closed across the Nigeria and the world at large. People have turned to home gyms in order to help them stay fit during the coronavirus crisis. While yoga mat purchases are likely the number one purchase for many working out at home, other fitness products are seeing success.
Small-but-growing tech startups that offer internet-connected fitness equipment are thriving, such as Ergatta, FightCamp, Mirror and Tonal. These services allow users to receive live or recorded instruction from experts that are then paired with proprietary equipment designed to fit into your home gym or spare room. There has also being an increase in the demand for waist trainers and other equipment needed to make up for a home gym.
- Mask makers
While mask-making wasn’t exactly in high demand at the beginning of 2020, just a few months later it has become a popular choice for new entrepreneurs. Majority of people all over the world want to obtain high-quality (and in some cases creative) masks to protect themselves and those around them.
For example, 5th dynasty, a fashion company, in Makurdi has pivoted its company and redirected all of its cloth inventory to masks. 5th dynasty has seen incredibly high demand since moving to mask-making. Additionally, 20,000 shops on the e-commerce marketplace Etsy are now selling masks, showing how fast this market is heating up.
- Hand Sanitizers Makers:
Before the novel corona virus, people has seen little or no need for hand sanitizers but right now, the demand for hand sanitizers has skyrocketed and makers and dealers of hand sanitizers are cashing out every day. The hand sanitizer business is on the boom this period.