How To Handle New Businesses Remotely During Pandemic

It’s kinda like a first date: How to make the most of starting a new job remotely.” (Gutstein Gutstein, 2020)

Starting a new business is a very risky job, specially during pandemic. Ever since the coronavirus pandemic has began, every businesses had been affected terribly since one major consequences of the pandemic was its impact on businesses. Therefore, starting a job since 2020 means not meeting your co-workers and no face to face communication. Furthermore, you are forced to work with them remotely which consists of hours of video chats and considering the fact that pandemic is putting a strain on internet speeds; therefore, it is crystal clear to every businessman that they will not have an easy job. There are several problems that you might encounter and in this research paper, we would discuss some of the solutions for this issue in detail.

First of all, that is the scenario many people around the world have faced since the past six months, with no clear end in sight. Moreover, major companies such as Google and Facebook told employees they should not expect to return to their offices until July 2021 at the earliest; other employers haven’t made any projections at all. Hence, don’t be discouraged, since you are not alone; ever since, many people who have started new jobs remotely during the pandemic have mentioned that their experience working from home is pretty similar to what it’s like for their colleagues who knew their coworkers before coronavirus. It just requires more work, patience, and good humor from both the new arrivals and the company that hires them.

According to the formal survey which has been conducted by Peter Kafka about Covid-19-era hires, who work in office jobs, the key challenge appears to be the most obvious one: You have to work with a lot of people you have never met before, and seeing them on video calls doesn’t mean you’re really getting to know them. As a result, miscommunication might happen more frequently because you are missing out on forming personal connections. Moreover, another downside is that the in-person exchange of ideas the much-embraced (and much-loathed) open office plan is supposed to foster is a lot harder to replicate when you’re remote.

One of the solutions to this problem as has been explained by Kafka is that you may need a more structured approach; for instance, gather (or get someone to make you) a list of everyone you might need to know at your job, and start setting up one-on-one video chats or calls. As Kleckner noted, this is easier to do when you’re a boss, since your employees can’t say they’re too busy to meet with you.

It is the best time to leverage your personal and professional networks to get the word out. Be creative and bold. Tend to use social platforms such as: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and others in order to reach out to your contacts and new potential customers to see if anyone would be interested in pre-ordering your product or using your services. This will give you some valuable initial feedback around pricing and potential demand. Create informal “focus groups” consisting of your target audience to determine their needs and pain points. You can also take advantage of online survey tools like SurveyMonkey to solicit feedback. The best approach is to test your idea in a small, inexpensive way that gives you a good indication of whether customers need your product and how much they’re willing to pay for it.

In conclusion, starting a new business has been an easy task, but now it is more difficult and risky due to consequences of Coronavirus pandemic. But there are several solutions to the problems that you might face. For example, since you are not able to have face to face communication with employees; therefore, it is time work harder and manage the work by using video-telephony products and apps. In addition, you need to focus on using various social media platforms in order for you to be feasible to be in contact with your new potential customers.