The New Mexican Reports on Santa Fe’s Construction Boom

Business editor Teya Vitu reports that construction is booming in Santa Fe. Seventeen apartment projects and a 68-unit independent living center have been recently completed or under construction. Between January and November 2020, 281 building permits for single-family dwellings were pulled. Construction activity and related job growth have ranked Santa Fe in or near the top ten among the nation’s 358 metropolitan areas.

“Santa Fe ranked No. 7 among metro areas in November with a 14 percent increase, adding 400 construction jobs over the previous November to reach 3,300 people employed in the construction trades, according to the association’s analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data,” writes Vitu. Read the full article on the New Mexican.

Economic Development Releases Latest Economic Data for all 33 Counties

The Economic Development Department has published the most recent series of county economic reports with detailed economic and employment data for all of the 33 counties as well as a statewide snapshot, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said today.

The reports with a Dec. 2020 publication date cover the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year – July, August, and September 2020 – during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“This community-level data, delivered in a timely and readable format, is proving valuable to small business owners, lawmakers, and local officials as they quantify the impacts of the pandemic on county economic activity,” Cabinet Secretary Keyes said. “These reports are just the beginning of an initiative to support all of our communities, big and small, as we work toward economic recovery.”

The statistical information is compiled from several sources, including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, and Taxation and Revenue Department.

The reports are available on the EDD website here or EDD.NEWMEXICO.GOV.

Major Expansion at New Mexico’s Spaceport America

A company that is developing and testing a mass accelerator with the aim of launching satellites into space orbit, using kinetic energy instead of rockets, is expanding at New Mexico’s Spaceport America, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today.

SpinLaunch signed a lease at Spaceport America in 2019 and has since invested in test facilities and an integration facility. The company is now set to hire an additional 59 highly-paid workers and complete the build of its suborbital centrifugal launch system for its next phase of development. SpinLaunch expects to start test launches in New Mexico in 2021.

“Spaceport America is the next frontier for innovation,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “It is a magnet for companies on the cutting edge, like SpinLaunch, and New Mexico is glad for their partnership with and investment in our state. I’m incredibly excited about this latest expansion at the Spaceport. We’ve only begun scratching the surface of what’s possible in aerospace technology in Southern New Mexico.”

The State of New Mexico, through the Economic Development Department’s LEDA job-creators fund, is supporting the expansion with $4 million, paid out in phases as SpinLaunch reaches economic development goals.

“SpinLaunch is part of the growing community of businesses creating jobs and innovating new technologies at New Mexico’s Spaceport America,” Cabinet Secretary Keyes said. “We see the state’s space cluster as an important economic driver to diversify the economy with higher-paying jobs in Southern New Mexico.”

The company, expected to spend $46 million of private money in construction and expansion over 10 years, will generate an economic impact of $239 million over that period of time statewide.

SpinLaunch founder Jonathan Yaney said the technology behind the company is a cleaner and more affordable way to reach orbit.

“Our technology enables a 10 times reduction in the current costs and complexities of reaching orbit. As the number of rocket launches rapidly increases, SpinLaunch uniquely reaches space without releasing pollutants into critical layers of the atmosphere. We’re satisfying both the economic and environmental demands of a space industry experiencing exponential growth. This is the first time in human history we have an alternative to rockets,” Yaney said.

SpinLaunch has also qualified for job training assistance through the state’s Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP). According to Yaney, the economic development initiatives were essential for a small company like SpinLaunch, as it works to innovate and bring to market a unique business.

“SpinLaunch will grow into thousands of employees as we develop,” Yaney said. “When you’re this young of a company, with this bold of a concept, being able to receive assistance is absolutely essential. This support was instrumental in deciding to come to New Mexico.”

Sierra County is the fiscal agent for the project and the Sierra County Commission will consider the LEDA ordinance in the coming weeks.

“Sierra County is excited to collaborate with the Economic Development Department and SpinLaunch on this project,” Sierra County Manager Bruce Swingle said. “This project will create 59 new jobs in the region, at an average salary of $72,322. In a rural community, these high-paying jobs will have an immediate impact and significantly boost our economy. High-paying jobs mean more revenue for our schools, hospital, and infrastructure.”

Yaney said SpinLaunch will strongly recruit from New Mexico’s universities and is reaching out to NMSU and New Mexico Tech for its talent. As the company moves toward test launches, its hires will shift toward engineers and other technical experts.

Netflix Plans to Boost New Mexico Presence with Expansion of ABQ Studios

Pledges $1 Billion Investment and Additional 1,000 Jobs

Today, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller together with Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos announced that Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, plans to boost its presence in the state by expanding ABQ Studios and committing to an additional $1 billion in production spend. The expansion will add 300 acres to the company’s existing space at ABQ Studios, located in Albuquerque’s Mesa Del Sol area, making it one of the largest high-tech and sustainable film production facilities in North America. The investment will result in the creation of an estimated 1,000 production jobs in New Mexico over the next ten years. An additional 1,467 construction jobs will be also created to complete the expansion.

“Ever since Netflix first chose New Mexico, they have been nothing but an incredible partner, pushing the boundaries of innovation and expansion while providing fulfilling work opportunities for so many New Mexicans,” said Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. “My administration has expanded our state’s competitive film incentives, facilitating higher-wage employment for New Mexicans all across the state, and increased opportunities for rural communities. I am glad Netflix has chosen to double-down on its commitment to our state, and our partnership will continue to grow for the benefit of New Mexicans across the board.”

Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos said, “New Mexico provides an outstanding production and business environment in close proximity to Los Angeles with some of the best crews and creative talent in the world. The expansion will bring many new high-tech and production jobs to the region. It allows us to be more nimble in executing our production plans while cementing the status of the region as one of the leading production centers in North America.”

As part of the proposed expansion and Netflix’s commitment to job creation associated with an additional $1 billion in production spend and $150 million in capital expenditures, the company will add up to ten new stages, post-production services, production offices, mills, backlots, and training facilities, wardrobe suites, a commissary to support meals and craft services, and other flex buildings to support productions.

The State of New Mexico will provide up to $17 million in State LEDA funding and the City of Albuquerque will commit up to $7 million in local LEDA funding, including $6 million in infrastructure in-kind. In addition, the City of Albuquerque will issue an Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) to partially abate property and other taxes over a 20-year term for the first $500 million investment by Netflix to build out the production facility. In addition to the private land acquisition of approximately 170 acres, Netflix will also lease approximately 130 acres from the State Land Office for a total of 300 additional acres. All funding is pending the approval of the Albuquerque Development Commission and the Albuquerque City Council. If approved, funding will be disbursed according to benchmarks set out in the Public Participation Agreement.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said, “When we brought Netflix to Albuquerque, we put the spotlight on our city’s strong film economy and joined our brand to the one of the top companies in the new global economy. Now, with this expansion we’re looking forward to doubling the impact to 2,000 jobs for folks from all walks of life and a $2 billion investment into Albuquerque’s economy over the next decade. Between Netflix and the likely Orion Project, the Duke City is looking at the very real possibility of a transformative ‘new economy,’ redefining our workforce with aerospace and film jobs.”

“The State Land Office exists to leverage state trust land in order to raise funds for our public schools, hospitals, and universities – and we couldn’t be more thrilled to add Netflix to the family of businesses that help us keep New Mexico moving forward,” said Stephanie Garcia Richard, Commissioner of New Mexico State Land Office. “Netflix’s expansion to state trust land is great news for our state. Because of this partnership, New Mexico will benefit from new jobs and more revenue flowing into communities that become filming locations. Netflix has already been delivering on those promises, but by moving onto state trust land, an estimated $24 million will be going to the University of New Mexico – the beneficiary of the state trust land onto which they will expand their studios.”

The growth of the film and television industry has been a steady driver of economic development in New Mexico over the last two decades. In 2003, direct spend in New Mexico was $7 million. In fiscal year 2019, it reached a record high of $525.5 million.

Alicia J. Keyes, New Mexico Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary said, “This expansion is the result of an incredible partnership with Netflix that will set a precedent in the industry and signal that New Mexico is the place to be for film and television production. Not only will there be an additional 1,000 high-paying jobs for New Mexicans, plus an estimated $2.5 billion that will benefit New Mexico’s economy, but we are setting the stage for future generations to stay in our state and have employment opportunities with one of the world’s leading global digital media companies.”

As part of the proposed investment in the region, and in an effort to continue to grow and scale up the crew base and talent pool, Netflix has committed to provide training programs for below-the-line positions in partnership with the New Mexico Film Office, local universities, and labor and industry organizations. Additionally, in partnership with the New Mexico Film Office, Netflix has committed to supporting New Mexico’s Native American, Latino, Black, and other underrepresented groups’ content creators and filmmakers.

In 2018, Netflix, along with State of New Mexico and City of Albuquerque officials, announced the purchase of Albuquerque Studios, the first production hub purchased by Netflix in the United States. Since 2018, Netflix has spent more than $200 million in the state, utilized more than 2,000 production vendors, and hired over 1,600 cast and crew members.

Netflix is currently in production in New Mexico on the original films The Harder They Fall and Intrusion and is expected to soon begin filming Stranger Things 4 in Albuquerque. Since 2018, Netflix productions filmed in New Mexico include Army of the DeadEl CaminoGodlessDaybreakChambers and Messiah.

The project will be reviewed by the Mesa del Sol TIDD Board and Albuquerque Development Commission on November 23, 2020 and then reviewed by Albuquerque City Council on December 7, 2020.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 195 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause, and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

 

Fun, Beauty, and Jobs – New Mexico’s Growing Outdoor Recreation Economy

Today, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released data on the size and scope of the outdoor recreation industry in the U.S. and in New Mexico.

In New Mexico, the updated data show that the outdoor economy contributed $2.4 billion to the state’s GDP in 2019 (2.2% of GDP). According to the report, 35,065 people were employed in this sector, with $1.2 billion in total income.

At the national level, the data shows that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.1 percent ($459.8 billion) of U.S. GDP in 2019.

Here are a few highlights from the report:

  • New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy is growing faster than the country’s outdoor recreation economy at 5.9% since 2018 (compared to a 3.7% growth for the U.S.).
  • Employment in this sector is also expanding much faster in New Mexico than in the country as a whole. Since 2018, the number of outdoor recreation jobs in New Mexico has grown by 5.3%, compared with an increase of 0.4% for the U.S.
  • Since 2018, outdoor recreation income has grown 7.6% in New Mexico, compared with an increase of 3.9% for the U.S.

For the first time, the data highlights specific activities’ contributions to the state GDP. In 2019, RVing, equestrian, and snowsports were the top three contributors to the New Mexican outdoor economy, followed closely by boating and fishing.

“We know the outdoor economy is a powerhouse in New Mexico, employing over 35,000 people annually,” Outdoor Recreation Division Director Axie Navas said. “But there is much more work to be done. The COVID-19 health crisis has hurt many of our businesses in this space – a fact not captured in this new tranche of data. It’s our job to aid in the recovery of the outdoor industry, so it continues to be a vibrant economic engine in the state.”

“We aim to continue growing wages in outdoor recreation jobs and we want to see New Mexico at the top of the pack when it comes to the size and scope of its outdoor economy. We live in the most beautiful state in the country – the BEA numbers should reflect that,” Navas said.

Earlier this year, ORD issued a survey to 128 outdoor recreation businesses in New Mexico. Over 90% of respondents stated they had lost revenue and/or hadn’t been able to cover basic expenses due to the pandemic-induced economic crisis. Almost 78% of respondents are small, local companies with fewer than 15 employees.

For more information on the BEA data, find the full tables here:

 

Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Women in Business this Month

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce hosts the 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon this month. The virtual event will gather, support, and celebrate New Mexico’s inspiring women entrepreneurs throughout November. The remarkably apt theme this year is agility.

The combined weight of personal and professional challenges during the pandemic has fallen especially heavily on the shoulders of women. Women have experienced job losses at a higher rate than men during 2020. “Women-owned businesses are also struggling,” writes Albuquerque Business First Associate Editor Julian Vadnais “According to a survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the number of female business owners who ranked their business’ overall health as “good” fell by 13 percentage points from 60% in January to 47% in July.”

Despite the obstacles, however, “women have been incredibly innovative and resilient,” says Chamber President and CEO Bridget Dixon. “Women in general are resilient. We learn to pivot, manage expectations, and adapt. We at the Chamber have had to do that with our events. Some of the women who will be panelists and speakers have needed to be agile their entire lives. We think that the whole community can really resonate with that right now. How do you make face hardship and make changes with a positive mindset?”

Registration is open now. Sessions begin Wednesday, Nov 4. Lunches are provided by women owned restaurants and women owned businesses will be spotlighted throughout the month. Expect the same networking and mentorship opportunities from the extended, virtual version as from the in-person event, with more flexible scheduling. Click here for more information and registration.

In an interview series, we speak with Dixson and Events Programmer Katie Capener about the event, women in entrepreneurship, supporting local businesses, and more.

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SGA: Please tell us about this year’s event!

Bridget Dixson:  The Women’s Leadership Luncheon is an idea that we came up with five years ago. There was a Forbes article pointing out that Santa Fe had more women entrepreneurs than anywhere else in the country. That is such a testament to our community. I think this is partly because we’re so welcoming to new ideas here. People can try really creative ideas and be successful in Santa Fe.

The conversation at these events centers around women’s lives and leadership, mentorship, and how they’re able to build a balanced home and work life. That’s something we need now more than ever, not just women, but men as well. This year, we’ve all had to find agility and work-life balance, especially if you have young children at home.

SGA: How will the event be structured this year?

Katie Capener: While this year’s event is virtual, we will absolutely foster engaging, inspiring, and candid conversation. We have an incredible lineup for the entire month, starting with Monique Jacobson this upcoming Wednesday. [Among many other things, Jacobson transformed tourism in New Mexico during her time as Director of the state’s tourism department.]

There are three consecutive Power Up Lunches every Wednesday, November 4, 11, and 18, leading up to the culminating Women’s Leadership Luncheon on November 19. People love this event for making connections, meeting people, mentors, and colleagues, and sharing meaningful conversations. We’re excited to virtually recreate the event’s essence and value and even expand our reach.

You can participate in one-day Wednesday sessions individually, the luncheon individually, or you can purchase it all together. The virtual format creates so much flexibility it actually allows us to do more for participants.

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Stay tuned this week for more about the event, how women are exemplifying agility, and the­ inspiring Santa Fe business community!

 

 

Virtual ‘Cash Mobs’ Support Local Businesses in Six NM MainStreet Districts

The New Mexico MainStreet (NMMS) program announced today that six districts are using ‘Cash Mob’ virtual events to support local businesses during the pandemic and upcoming holiday season. Events are hosted on Facebook Live where participants bid on items, arrange payment and socialize during the fun two-hour session. Lively hosts entertain and educate as they sell items and encourage viewers to shop locally to contribute to their communities. This year, ‘Cash Mob’ has helped businesses stay open and allowed shoppers to buy local goods safely from home.

“Virtual ‘Cash Mob’ events are another way New Mexican businesses have adapted during the current health and economic crises,” Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said. “I’m proud that NM MainStreet districts are supporting the health and safety of their communities while still being innovative and flexible as they prepare for the holiday shopping season.”

The Raton ‘Cash Mob’ was formed by Raton residents Lynette Simpson and Melissa Unger, who have hosted in-person and virtual events for nearly a decade. When the pandemic and quarantine started last spring, Brenda Ferri from Raton MainStreet partnered with Jessica Barfield from the City of Raton Economic Development Department, Geoff Peterson and Patricia Duran from the Center for Community Innovation and the Raton ‘Cash Mob’ to host virtual Facebook events to save local businesses.

“Our MainStreet and Arts & Cultural districts have stepped up to show that local businesses are vital to the economic health of our state,” NMMS Director Daniel Gutierrez said. “By using technology and social media to support downtown businesses, these districts are helping communities thrive during the pandemic and beyond.”

  • Raton MainStreet co-hosted weekly ‘Cash Mob’ events throughout the summer. They generously shared the format and technical specifications with organizations in Colorado and several NMMS districts. Raton MainStreet raised over $40,000 in just three months of Facebook Live events. Raton ‘Cash Mob’ will present the 12 Days of Christmas ‘Cash Mob’ series beginning November 3, 2020 to help people shop locally for the holidays. “We are so proud that we have been able to save our town, one small business at a time,” said Raton MainStreet Executive Director Brenda Ferri.
  • MainStreet de Las Vegas facilitated ‘Cash Mob’ virtual events all summer and raised over $46,000 for 16 local businesses. They plan to continue events during the upcoming holiday shopping season. The ‘Cash Mob’ on November 4, 2020 will benefit MainStreet de Las Vegas. “We are thrilled with the success of our ‘Cash Mob!’ We start our Holiday ‘Cash Mob’ Market on November 18th. Come shop with us,” said MainStreet de Las Vegas Executive Director Michael Peranteau.
  • Clovis MainStreet hosted three ‘Save Our Stores’ flash sales on Facebook for local businesses throughout the summer. They’re planning to ramp up this effort and schedule more events to encourage local shopping this holiday season. “Thanks to Raton ‘Cash Mob’ and Raton MainStreet’s expertise and years of experience, we have been able to learn from their community successes and bring that to our community. We are excited to continue to build on new and creative ways to support our local small businesses,” said Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Lisa Pellegrino-Spear.
  • Tucumcari MainStreet is partnering with the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce to host Christmas ‘Cash Mob’ virtual events in November and December to help small businesses. The events will be a part of their 2020 Very Merry Tucumcari events. “These virtual ‘Cash Mobs’ are a wonderful way to show your love for local businesses this holiday season. One business at a time, we can help save our local small businesses,” said Tucumcari MainStreet Executive Director Connie Loveland.
  • Silver City MainStreet will start promoting ‘Cash Mob’ virtual events in November. They have 11 businesses signed up for their Facebook live events. “These events are a win-win. They help our small businesses survive and let residents shop safely from home,” said Silver City MainStreet Executive Director Charmeine Wait.
  • The Northwest New Mexico Arts Council (part of Farmington’s designated Arts & Cultural district) hosted their first ‘Virtual Spotlight’ at the Artifacts 302 art gallery on October 8, 2020. Every week, they will highlight a different art gallery or downtown business on Facebook to promote Small Business Saturday. They also encourage fans to like or share the live video for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the participating business in #theHeARTofFarmingtonACD.

When the pandemic and quarantine started, NMMS Revitalization Specialists produced a series of webinars to train business owners on online marketing and ecommerce, including PayPal and Square setup. The goal of these webinars was to get businesses established on the Buy NM Local website, buynmlocal.com. Recordings of these webinars can be viewed on NMMS’s YouTube channel.

The ‘Cash Mob’ phenomenon has been highlighted by KOB-TV, KRQE-TV, Main Street America, and the Las Vegas Optic.

 

New Mexico Economic Development Department Regional Representatives Support Local Business and Community Development

The Economic Development Department has a complete network of economic development experts around the state that are uniquely qualified to assist local governments and community organizations as New Mexico works toward a sustainable recovery.

Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said the Community, Business & Rural Development program was created by the Legislature to provide the EDD with an expert assigned to each regional economic planning district. When first created, each regional representative had an office in Santa Fe.

Today, there are six Community, Business & Rural Development employees at EDD, working full-time throughout the state. They are known as regional representatives, and are located statewide, with EDD staffers living in Las Cruces, Roswell, Mora, Albuquerque, Bernalillo, and Santa Fe. They assist businesses and communities in a broad variety of economic development needs, providing local support and knowledge within their designated regions.

“The regional reps are EDD’s boots-on-the-ground in all corners of the state,” Cabinet Secretary Keyes said. “They know their communities, they are trusted in their communities, and they are an especially important resource to businesses and local organizations during the health emergency, helping to provide information and assistance as we move forward.”

The team specializes in areas such as passing and using the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) which primarily provides brick and mortar funding for job creation; community infrastructure financing assisted by FUNDIT; starting and maintaining Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) programs; workforce training through the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP); the LEADS grant program, which funds projects with quick impacts; assisting communities in locating new companies with the support of the New Mexico Partnership; help resolving state regulatory issues; and improving access to other EDD programs such as MainStreet, Arts & Cultural Districts, and the Frontier & Native American Communities Initiative.

Learn more about the Community, Business & Rural Development program administered by the N.M. Economic Development Department, including full contact information for each region and links to other community and business resources.

Congratulations to the Santa Fean and Essential Guide!

Major congratulations to the Santa Fean, the Essential Guide, and Kelly and Martin Haug, who acquired both publications this Spring. We are so thrilled to have facilitated the transfer of ownership of these wonderful publications! We are confident that both will continue their legacies of value for Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico and thrive under the Haugs’ stewardship. The Essential Guide spotlights Northern New Mexico art, shopping, recreation, entertainment, and lifestyle options for locals and tourists alike. The Santa Fean has been sharing the stories of Santa Fe and beyond for nearly 50 years.

Entrepreneurs extraordinaire, Kelly and Martin Haug head multiple businesses (including Green Coyote Shipping, Santa Fe Print & Images, and Enchantment Energy) with a mindset deeply rooted in community.

“I don’t see it as being a serial entrepreneur. I see it as an ability to help the community in more than one way,” says Kelly Haug, now publisher of the Santa Fean and Essential Guide, in the Santa Fe New Mexican. “I’ve always been there when people needed help. … I made the conscious decision to close on the acquisitions during a pandemic because I see it as an opportunity to help the community.”

“With the addition of a few new members, the Essential Guide team will begin re-establishing the bimonthly Santa Fean as a go-to publication that celebrates the city’s unique culture, events and diverse history,” according to a news release.

“You can expect a seamless transition and the same high-quality content, along with fresh, new touches Kelly will bring to the enterprise,” say Trish and Chyp Byrd, who owned the Essential Guide for over 14 year,  in this Albuquerque Journal article.

“After almost 15 successful years in business we thought it was time for new opportunities,” say Trish and Chyp Byrd. “During discussions with Michael Greene, owner of Sam Goldenberg & Associates, he convinced me of the value of our companies and to trust his company with the confidential sale of our publication brand. He and his Senior Account Manager, J. Erika Munde assisted me and the current owner on a daily basis throughout the process—completing the transaction successfully even during the Covid pandemic, allowing us to receive our expected valuation price through creative strategies. We would recommend Sam Goldenberg & Associates whole-heartedly.”

 

 

Yes, Your Small Business Can Survive and Thrive in the Age of COVID-19

Article By: Elena Stewart

If you run a small business, chances are you’ve been put in a very uncertain position since COVID-19 reared its ugly head. But despite the obvious and many challenges that the current situation has put forth, the fact is, there’s still more than one way to keep your business going and even thriving during this dark time and whatever will come after. Let’s take a closer look at the measures you can take.

Take It Remote

If you’re yet to take your small business remote, the pandemic may just be the push that you need. After all, the alternative of shutting down your business entirely is a lot less compelling and definitely out of the question. The fact is, there are plenty of reasons why running your business remotely is the way to go during the pandemic and beyond, and there are many resources to help you do so.

Tap the Right Talents

Running a successful small business that will stand the test of the pandemic and time, in general, will ultimately hinge on how things are getting done. Of course, you shouldn’t have to do it all on your own. It’s crucial to have the right people on your team, yes, but it’s just as important to learn how to keep your overhead low by turning to freelancers.

  • Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, freelance workers were already the popular choice for many businesses, big and small.
  • Indeed, it’s interesting to note how freelancers and small businesses have been helping each other thrive.
  • Thankfully, it’s easy enough to use online job boards to find freelancers these days.
  • For instance, if you’re looking to breathe new life into your website, you can hire a Squarespace designer from job sites like Upwork.
  • But of course, you’ll need to have solid hiring measures in place, too, so you end up choosing the right freelancer.

Freelancers are certainly already equipped to work remotely, but, if you’re looking to hire a full or part-time employee, make sure to clarify the position is not in-office. Many will already have a home workspace set up and ready to go; others may need time to get their home ready for the job.

Turn to Tech

Thanks to amazing advances in technology, it’s possible to run a business online. This is undoubtedly a godsend in the age of social distancing. And yes, your small business is bound to benefit in more ways than one with multitudes of tech tools, apps, and resources now available today.

  • There’s no shortage of great online marketing tools you can use, too, to attract new businesses and retain current ones.
  • Finally, you’ll need an arsenal of remote work tools and apps to keep your business running smoothly and your productivity and focus at an all-time high.

Ultimately, it’s not enough to just aim at keeping your business afloat to weather the pandemic; you’ll need to look for opportunities for innovation and growth, as well. And yes, they are out there, so make sure you’re looking onward and forward so your business is successful.

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