Business ideas in a time of COVID-19

Discussion in 'Starting & Running a Business' started by Simon Hampel, 21st Mar, 2020.

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  1. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Founder Staff Member

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    Business is all about identifying and then working out a way to fill that need.

    Based on some of the suggestions in this thread: COVID-19 and your business - impacts ... I was thinking we might be able to identify some opportunities for people to provide a product or service to people in this new reality we're all facing.

    One thought I did have - mobile coffee vans - like the old icecream van playing music, you could roam the streets looking for people desperate for a good barista-made coffee. You could even deliver it to them if they are in quarantine or self-isolating.

    I also liked @The Y-man's idea about having struggling restaurants switch to selling meal kits or preparing takeaway for busy people who need a wholesome meal but don't have as much time.

    Any other business ideas people have which might help people while providing a source of income for those who are in a position to service the needs of the population?
     
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    Yeah, that's a tough one.

    Maybe some kind of house sanitising operation.

    Wearing a hazmat suit and with a gurney you blast the living daylights out of the virus with a concoction of household cleaners.

    You can reassure the customers that no virus will survive the blasting but just be wary of inhaling the cleaning compounds.
     
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    Mobile coffee van is a great idea, very good idea for mobile icecream vans to adapt their operation. May not even need new permits etc from local & state health authorities (no doubt this an extra delayed process right now).

    "Business continuity consultant" is a good one. Register a company, create a website and watch the work pour in (relevant experience/expertise desirable or just take it till you make it).
     
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    Melbourne does have quite a few mobile coffee vans - usually do the office block rounds, but yes they could redeploy to service people waiting in the super market queues! :D

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    Theres a mobile coffee van that visits the hospital I work at during night shifts. Its a perfect for staff working those long night shifts.

    They alert staff via their facebook page what time they intend to be at the hospital. Some evenings there are staff queuing for coffee. I always appreciate when they sell cakes & other treats too!
     
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    An augmented reality suit app so while at home working in your PJs and have a Skype for Business meeting, the app could overlay a nice suit - say a Zegna for a high powered meeting, the Hugo Boss for a sales presentation, and a M&S/DJs off the rack for something low key. Of course would cater for various situations, genders and meeting types.
     
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    Logistics/transport is obviously an issue right now (huge online orders etc) - I am sure someone should be making a mint from it.....

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    Taco truck FTW. We have a few here that go to local parks and park for a couple of hours over lunch/dinner time.

    A friend got a casual job as a school cleaner after the cleaning regimes were increased and they needed more staff. My brother got a second casual job at a local warehouse/distribution centre after his biz (handyman and gardening) took a bit of a hit lately.
     
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    Thing is I think this whole social distancing thing and "there might be virus in my food because of the prep/handler" is the big fear. So the big selling point I think needs to be "we'll give you the material and you prep" or "nuke the little buggers in your MW to your hearts content.

    It's the same with hairdressers - finding one that wears masks and changes gloves for each customer.

    Shops should be running HEPA air filters ~ with the units visible from the front window (even inside shopping centres) ~ to show customers it's safe in there.

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    I saw that one enterprising waste contractor is offering bin sanitation services to unit blocks.
     
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    Can some one explain the numbers and panic please
     
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    An app to connect displaced workers with jobs. E.g. hospitality & tourism workers to work in the agricultural sector (who would usually rely on backpackers).
     
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    Another biz opportunity: someone to explain the numbers and panic @$200 per hour :D:D:D

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    A few years ago I registered a business to rent automated hand sanitiser dispensers to offices, private schools etc.
    Did not have time to further develop this idea, was busy with my full time job. Maybe I should restart this idea now? My job is very stable at times like this and I really like what I do, so won't have time again. If your business is down and you know how to develop new business from scratch, pm me, let's partner up;)
     
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    I started looking into making hand sanitiser that moisturised more - but don't really have the time right now! I did buy some raw ingredients for a batch of basic hand sanitiser that I'm using around the office and at opens.
     
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    Healthcare, Community care, "Sterile" cabs instead of "Silver" cabs, Dual-bagged no-touch essentials delivery/collection using sterile protocols (very bad for the environment), hospital-quality disinfection team/infection control (like pest control).