It's Day 50 in the Big Brother House....nope, sorry about that, wrong dystopia.
Just wondering how everyone's coping with 2020 being shot to hell. I know we're busy, to say the least, keeping up with the government's plans to keep people paid. To be fair, they've accomplished a lot in a short time, but people have fallen through the cracks regardless, and we'll be paying for this in one way or another for a few years to come. Easy-to-get loans may sound great, but they're still loans and they don't disappear from balance sheets by magic.
My initial fears of a total collapse of clients and client work has mostly been unfounded. It helps that I don't have big concentrations of clients in the most severely-affected industries e.g. hospitality, but we have a few down the supply chain from these that are suffering badly. A firm that supplied security staff to big London events is having a torrid time, as is a supplier of food to the restaurant and school kitchen industries. Good, healthy firms that have had the legs kicked from under them.
Even had the phone ring a few times these last couple of weeks with new enquries - sending out a couple of quotes today, in fact.
Staff wise, it's been a bit of a breeze. Only 2 staff, but both fully occupied and working from home thanks to (a) laptops, (b) secure hosted desktop for some stuff, and (c) Xero and taxfiler for others. I come into the office most morning to deal with post and shuffle everyone's work around, and then head home to the patio in the afternoons.
In fact the real pain the rear at the moment isn't work-related at all. It's trying to cope with my 13 year old son and his home schooling. The only bit of school he really enjoyed - the friends, the social bit - has been ripped away and now we're just trying to keep him from falling too far behind before starting his GCSE options in September.
All said, then, if I can come in this year with a turnover that's within shouting distance of last year, I'll call it a win.How about you? What waves have you ridden well, and which ones are threatening to swamp you?