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What to Do When Your Small Business Closes
By Carla Lopez
If your small business has recently closed its doors, you are not alone. In fact, Coresight Research CEO and Founder Deborah Weinswig has predicted that 15,000 or more retailers will have closed their doors by the end of the year. However, retail is not the only industry that’s fallen on hard times. Particularly due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, a wide variety of industries are struggling because consumers are simply not going out and purchasing goods or services.
Whether it’s due to the outbreak or because of another reason, now that your business is closed, the question is: What do you do? From embracing the failure to making ends meet to dreaming up your next venture, here are some tips to guide you along the way as you keep moving forward.
Come to Terms with Your Circumstances
Possibly the hardest part of experiencing a business closure is accepting that it’s over. However, it’s important not only to accept that your business is closing but also to embrace it. Remember that just because your business failed doesn’t mean that you are a failure. Many, if not most, of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs failed time and time again before realizing success. But the only way to move on is to embrace the moment and assess why your business failed so that you can know what changes to make next time.
Another hard but necessary step to take after your business closes is to find other ways to bring in some income. The reason it’s difficult is because you might have to do something outside of your perceived career path just so that you can make ends meet. This can feel like you’re taking a step back. However, it’s important to look at the situation in two ways:
- At most, this is temporary, and being able to pay your bills as you prepare for your next business venture is a good thing.
- There’s a chance that you could find a new occupation that you end up enjoying and thriving in. Then, you could either keep working as an employee for a while or turn it into a business.
One of the best methods for finding work after your business is closed is to join an online job board like Upwork. Employers from all over the world use such sites to hire freelancers for a wide variety of tasks and projects. This could bring about an opportunity for you to not only make some money but also regain your professional footing and possibly find an industry that you love.
Start Thinking of Your Next Venture
Successful entrepreneurs are constantly thinking about the next thing. Even when their company is successful, they are mulling over ways to improve and evolve in every aspect of their operations. The same goes for when your business fails. You must always be thinking of what your next venture could be and how you can get the ball rolling.
Take Care of Yourself
Last but not least: Practice self-care. Fostering your overall health and well-being is essential to living a fulfilling life, and that includes starting and running your next business. Be sure to practice basic hygiene each day, maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine, and get plenty of rest. Also, look for ways that you can relax, such as spending time with loved ones, taking on a hobby, reading a book, and so on.
Summing It All Up
Experiencing a closure of your business can be devastating, and it can feel impossible to bounce back from. But if you respond with the right approach, you can turn it into an opportunity for something better. Remember to accept your business failure, find a way to make ends meet while you’re in transition, keep thinking about your next venture, and practice self-care each day. Through it all, keep in mind that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.