There is no doubt that the effects of the horrific start to 2020 have been hitting everyone pretty hard financially. Many people have been left unemployed which has made taking care of general costs like housing and food pretty difficult, especially due to the country’s poor welfare payment system. Because of the personal economic struggles that people are facing, they are less inclined to purchase unnecessary items and so many businesses are starting to feel the toll. Though all businesses are feeling the strain of the economic crisis that the country is currently facing, nobody is suffering more than smaller businesses, and here is why.

 

Government funding

The government has not completely ignored the struggles that businesses have started to face and so have begun to offer grants to businesses to ensure their survival during these difficult times. This may sound like a useful gesture, however, they haven’t been very thoughtful when giving out these grants. They have ironically given these grants to bigger businesses, such as Mcdonalds, that don’t even really need the support right now due to their ability to still offer their services to the public. Smaller businesses already don’t have the influx of cash that a lot of bigger businesses have, so without that government financial aid, they are basically just surviving out of their slowly dwindling savings.

 

No contact procedure

You also have to take into account that a lot of small businesses aren’t just retail businesses, but are businesses that offer a service. However, due to the current social distancing measures that are in place, lots of small businesses that offer a physical service are not able to operate. A good example of a business like this is a hairdresser that needs to make physical contact in order to complete the service.

 

There are also a large number of small businesses that require entry into the home in order to operate. So for example, pest control businesses such as yalepest depend on completing home surveys in order to complete their jobs. However, rules that exclude people from entering households make this a difficult task. Because of this, lots of businesses such as pest control, plumbers and decorators are really taking a hit and are even ending operations indefinitely.

 

Niche Businesses

Most of the businesses that we would consider to be ‘small businesses’ are usually labeled as so due to their niche appeal. These businesses already trade with a smaller amount of people due to their lack of necessity. An example of a business like this would be something a little odder like ‘Organic Home Fragrances’ or other businesses along those lines. Businesses like this are really being hit as their already quite small client list is being damaged by the economic issues that people are facing.

 

However, there has been more social outreach to save businesses that are a little quirkier, in order to maintain the character that they bring to certain communities.

 

Lack of postage opportunities

A lot of bigger businesses have simply decided to move a lot of their product sales online in order to keep their business afloat. This is an excellent idea for those that are able to do this but have however become a major issue for smaller businesses that can’t do so. Because people are trying to avoid leaving the house unnecessarily for safety purposes, the use of online shopping has only increased. Because of this, businesses that don’t operate online are being forgotten about. These businesses are usually the smaller local shops that simply don’t have the finances or resources to do so. These businesses are really struggling and so it may be worth considering giving them a little more support.

 

So, you’ve decided you want to spruce up your office. Even if you feel your office space is on the smaller side, there are still plenty of options to make the best of the space you have. If your space is too cluttered, messy or plain, it can also have a negative effect on your workflow so giving your office a makeover won’t just improve your mood, it will also ensure your office space is somewhere you want to be. So, to get you started, here are 6 design ideas to make your small office a place of inspiration and productivity.

Plants

Proven to liven up any space, there’s nothing more aesthetic than a plant to help spruce up your office space. Not only will they provide your office with more oxygen, but they also look cute and will help brighten your mood. You can look around to find the perfect plant for you and your office. Just be sure to water it as often as it needs and buy a plant that requires the right amount of light available or they may meet an early grave – not cute.

Art

A perfect idea to perk up any space, art is an amazing and simple way to make your office an interesting place to be. Just search around for some art you like, could be a painting or a photo you like. It doesn’t matter, just treat yourself to a print and hang it up above your computer.

Chairs

If you’re spending the majority of your day in your office, it’s only logical that you invest in a comfortable chair. Your back and butt will definitely thank you in the long run. There are also plenty of designs out there for you to choose from, just visit theotheo, a site designed to give you so many options for the perfect office chair, you’ll be sure to find the perfect one for you and your office space.

Desk stuff

Looking for the right things to decorate your desk will help personalise your space. Things like pen holders or notebooks will help you stay organised but can also be a cool addition to your space. Just be sure not to get too much or you risk over cluttering your space – which will only end up stressing you out.

Pinboards

More of a practical addition but adding a pinboard can help with decluttering some of your notes and other pages from your desks. You can also use it to pin up photos or other decorative items like fairy lights to make your space a lot more like you.

Shelves/Storage

Again, more of a practical aspect, but you have to be sure to have the right amount of storage space in your office. Get yourself some new shelves in your favourite colour and you’ll have more space to put some new decorations, like your new plants! A new desk is also a great way to spruce up your office, make sure it has some handy drawers and you’re all set.