It can sometimes feel like a competition for “who has had the worst 2020.” It’s a competition that no one wants to win, of course. But professionally, small business owners have been pretty high up there in terms of how the coronavirus has upended and redirected our work.
As the owner of a small financial media company, the month of March was particularly frightening. My business partner and I spent many days running the numbers and asking questions every entrepreneur tries desperately to avoid:
- Will we have to downsize?
- Will we have to change our business radically?
- Will we have to close entirely?
During the first weeks of change, when the business’s future seemed impossible to map, we felt the cold winds of a potential mass exodus of clients. We felt completely uncertain about how we would continue to do business in a world that looked nothing like it had before. Would people even want to talk about personal finance in a time when such a topic is so precarious?