Unless you are a contestant of Big Brother and spent the last few weeks in total isolation from the media and the society, you are probably aware that the world is struggling with the coronavirus outbreak. Many countries have closed their borders in order to prevent the spread of the virus. As a consequence of the border closures and the outbreak, companies have allowed their employees to work remotely, but some employees have been laid-off or even terminated completely.
As a self-employed person, I understand how tough the situation is for small business owners and freelancers. We are the first ones to be left with no customers and no work. Unlike normal workers, we are not eligible for statutory sick pay or other benefits. Facebook announced the campaign to support small businesses affected by coronavirus. Many governments allow tax payment delays, offer grants and zero-interest loans, but all these measures have limitations and restrictions, therefore they will not apply to all.
One cancelled wedding means that the following people will lose a paying client:
- hair and makeup artist
- photographer / videographer
- guest entertainers / musicians
- wedding stationary designer
If you are self-employed or a small business owner, what you can do is
Good luck and stay strong.