Right now have a wide variety from clients with industry totally shut down to those who are open but just not the customers to those who are running over capacity because in an essential service where others in their field are minimizing service. Everyone - in all the groups - are under severe stress, whether not able to work through to having more work than want and need to provide good service while observing all the necessary protocols.
By Jo Ruelle on November 19, 2020
The bigger question owners are asking themselves at this point is : should I continue in this state of affairs. The stress of promises and lack of customers in their traditional business process can sometimes roadblock looking for a way around the roadblocks. The most successful will be those used to tucking in and changing direction though that can pall at some point. Those who band together to analyze and grow another arm may well be the way of the future. Those who have done their SWOT analysis, recognize their competitors… and maybe they will actually be there friends and strength in this current business world.
By Clare Pludek on November 19, 2020
This is a difficult question to answer with just a simple Yes or No response. There are businesses that are in trouble but the resiliency of many business owners will allow them to survive but perhaps how they do their business will be different. As I drive about the lower mainland, a long-standing habit of observing the many small businesses that are out there I am noticing more empty stalls or papered up windows or signs removed indicating another sign of a Covid-19 casualty. Much will happen later due to the ripple effect.
By Robert J Watt on November 19, 2020
Oilfield industry has been hit hard in our area. Many of my clients have had very little or no work at all since March. A few that were more established are getting by. Some of the younger clients, newer to the business, are in real danger if they can not get back to work soon.
By Jodi on November 16, 2020
This is one question where you need the third button: “It depends”. Have clients under stress because too much work (in “essential service” group); have clients who are okay but not great; have clients whose industry has been totally shut down and we’re all worried about the future.
By Jo Ruelle on November 12, 2020
Actually, most of my clients are in better shape now than a year ago. Covid has been a boon to the several businesses that were struggling before. “Buy local” does good things to a small, remote economy.
By Daniel Housser on November 12, 2020
We have worked extremely hard with our clients - COVID has given us more reason than ever to keep in contact - we have helped them review their operations and eliminate Times are not easy and belt tightening had to be done. Most clients have been very receptive to this kind of service.
By Raymond Doornekamp on November 12, 2020
The clients I have are able to meet their year end, as they have prepared properly during this Covid-19 issues even with some of them having to close up or reduce their business by over 80% revenue.
By SUSAN MACKIE on November 12, 2020
I guess it depends on the industry that the businesses are in. Fast-food/take out not in danger at all. Retail is in trouble, restaurants are also in trouble.
By Shoaib Tanvir on November 10, 2020
I think a number of them will have a hard time
By Robert on November 05, 2020
Fortunately, the majority of our clients are in essential services or small food (take out possibilities) so remarkably they are surviving COVID quite well. A few have benefited from CeWS which is helping them breathe just that bit easier given the cuurent situation.
By Diane Elliott on November 04, 2020