Small Business In The Pandemic

Small Business in the Pandemic

I am sure you got e-mails from just about every company you deal with over the past week regarding COVID-19, the coronavirus that is currently impacting our world. I will not go on a long spiel about how much I care because you know I do.  If you would like me to wipe your keyboard, phone, or tablet with a disinfecting wipe when I am there, I certainly will.   Thank you for your continued support of my small business.  I really appreciate the appointments we’ve had whether they’ve been in person or virtual.  While most of my appointments are close to the Hartford area, my travels took me to the CT Shoreline this weekend. ( I do charge a travel surcharge, but I definitely will take on clients in the New Haven or Springfield areas, for example).  As the situation has intensified and fears have grown, I have definitely noticed a drop in business.  I predict that March will be 40 to 60% less in terms of revenues than this January.  I wanted to provide that as a real “Main Street” report.  It may be logical to expect a decline for a period of time. This business is really all I have.  If there comes a point when I need to supplement this income stream, I could not easily be an I.T. professional for a large company or government entity.  I often joke with myself and say, if I wasn’t doing this business, I would be a cashier at WalMart – maybe – if they would take me 🙂 I will say that every traditional “job” I have ever had has been a failure.  If I do have to diversify in the future, it would be something entrepreneurial and likely outside the field of I.T.  Given the run on toilet paper lately, if I had any plumbing skills whatsoever, I’m sure I could make a killing installing home bidets right now. Unfortunately, that is outside my skill set. Humor aside, I appreciate your continued business and referrals. The VIP Computer Care family has plenty of room for growth. 

Skype on Mac

I shared previously that the ability for me to do remote assistance sessions is already baked in to Windows 10, however on the Mac you will need Skype (or another application) installed for you to share your screen with me. I don’t need to do video chat.  Installing Skype is quite easy for Mac users.  If you don’t have it in your Finder >> Applications (folder) already, you just need to go to skype.com in your browser and download it.  Double click on the file that downloads (you will either see it on the screen or you can go to your Finder >> Downloads folder).  And then just follow the prompt to install Skype.  You can then open it from the Applications folder by going to your Finder (remedial step:  Finder is the “face” icon in the lower left of your screen).  Sign in with your Microsoft account.  If you don’t have one you can create it, no cost involved.  You will then be ready for a future Mac remote session.