What has been your Covid crisis experience?

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Published 24th June 2021 |
Read latest comment - 12th January 2022

It's been a strange/interesting/horrific/awful/incredible 18 months depending on what day it was and what stage of lockdown we were at.

Homeschooling for me was the low point. We soldiered on when I know many gave up, to the point of turning the lounge into a makeshift classroom with a whiteboard and fold up desks, then packing away at tend of school. But keeping to the same school routine, including breaks, although incredibly hard, I think in hindsight worked out pretty well.

But it only worked with 2 parents tag-teaming, and to be honest, my wife was absolutely incredible. Help from the school, particularly early on was definitely below average when compared anecdotally to stories around the country. The kids have been amazing and resilient. Behaviour has without dipped and screen time has been more than I'm comfortable with, but we are now reducing back to normal screentime levels and digital discipline.

Business-wise, we abandoned the office in March 2020 and haven't been back. Early lessons became very apparent around technology, and relying on employees to provide their own computers isn't the way forward, with issues around data risk, virus's, and slow older machines not designed to be work machines.

So for the cost of a bunch of laptops and utilising the office PC work application licences and a very cheap remote support app, productivity has actually increased. Luckily we had IP phones in the office, so we all took our phone home, plugged it in and it's like we are still in the office! Feedback is the lack of travelling to the office is appreciated and the greater flexibility this brings. Face to face interaction is handled by 2 weekly zoom team meetings, which has now become the norm and works really well. It's now hard to imagine us in the office.

I appreciate not all industries can work from home, and for those that can, not everyone wants to. I'm also very aware of the devastation of many industries, from tourism to hospitality, and have been dealing first-hand with issues from some of our Trusted Trader members who were unable to work, particularly due to tighter rules around non-essential home repairs in Scotland.

For me, lessons have reconfirmed how key it is to diversify and not be reliant on single revenue streams and to expect the unexpected. As revenue for one business plummeted, revenue increased for my other, balancing things out. Things are now picking up again and from the coalface, we seem to be heading to a post covid world, regardless of what the Government or media tell us.

I'm glad the worst is over, but for me personally, it has been incredibly challenging, very stressful at times, but I think I've come out the other side with a different and more balanced perspective around flexibility and work-life balance, and a much more robust business ready for the next inevitable brexit/covid/recession/catastrophe...

I am looking forward to going aboard again though! At some point... 

 

Steve Richardson
Gaffer of My Local Services
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The last 18 months has had an effect on everyone in some way. I've been fortunate to grow my business and working for myself was a blessing but it's still been very hard. 

The children have been affected and my own well-being has had some major ups and downs.

Lack of time to myself and lack of time with friends both took their toll.

At the current time my biggest challenge is balancing a growth stage of my business with spending enough time with my family.

Eyes on the prize though and I am saving for a house. So in general I'm really grateful and happy right now and feeling glad I'm here to tell the tale of the last two years. 


The last 18 months has been tough. As a graphic designer, nobody called or emailed me as they now had all the time in the world to sit at their computers or tablets and try designing stuff themselves.

Suddenly, once face to face started to become a reality again, people have been after my services again.

It's frustrating and I'm struggling to pay the bills still.


Thanks,
Mr Creator Design
Mr Creator

It has unmasked the malevolence and selfishness of the human race, pushing us into socioeconomic chaos.


redstone

The pandemic was, for sure, an awful experience. Especially during the start (I'm looking at you toilet paper hoggers). Honestly though, with the casualties and various things that I happened, I'm still thankful that my family and I survived–without taking a few hits though.

My wife and I both got laid off from our jobs; so we had to be creative. We started out with asking a few friends who were into side-hustles if they could hook us up with anything but nothing substantial came out of it. In the end, we had to do a ton of research. We were both in sales and marketing so we put our skills to the test. We started out with just reading articles and guides until we were able to reach out with a friend who was a web developer and designer–everything snowballed from there.

We honestly thought it was a myth–the remote working and "be your own boss" lifestyle, but it is. Selfish as it may be, this pandemic opened more doors for us. Hope everyone recovers and gets back on their feet! 


junipermaria

It has unmasked the malevolence and selfishness of the human race, pushing us into socioeconomic chaos.”
 

wow, that's deep!! 


Steve Richardson
Gaffer of My Local Services
My Local Services | Me on LinkedIn

It has unmasked the malevolence and selfishness of the human race, pushing us into socioeconomic chaos.”
 

True. Mostly people are going to put themselves first. However it also showed some positive things. Lots of people volunteered and helped others. Some communities pulled together. I try and focus on the good things that happened otherwise you get dragged down pretty quick! 


I get the feeling there’s worse to come......


Thanks,
Barney

I get the feeling there’s worse to come......
 

Still a ray of sunshine eh Barney 


Steve Richardson
Gaffer of My Local Services
My Local Services | Me on LinkedIn

I get the feeling there’s worse to come......
Now here’s a strange thing, when I wrote the quote above I wasn’t expecting what has happened to happen... in fact it never even crossed my mind.. okay so last 3 / 4 months I’ve been trying to get an appointment with my GP.... I’m at that age and being male certain checks should be done by a GP, prostrate and all the other bits and bobs.... have now seriously come to the conclusion that GPs don’t really want to do these checks unless forced into doing so.... in my head I’ve known something wasn’t right with me, so 2 weeks ago I telephoned the GP again, he said the symptoms I was describing to him meant he couldn’t see me till January 2022.... the following day I went into work and told them I would only be doing half shift as I needed to go to hospital (weirdly this ended up with me on a disciplinary..... you have to love the bus industry)..... so up the A & E I went.....absolutely brilliant only a 3 hour wait, considering Covid and it being a Saturday night I thought it was great.... had blood tests, X-rays, a finger where the sun never shines and a cat scan.... within the hour of having these tests, we were talking about stomach cancer... I have to go back for an endoscope in the next couple of weeks and some other tests.. fortunately I’ve had 6 days off over Christmas, however, Christmas Eve my GP telephones was pretty sure he wasn’t calling to wish me happy Christmas. He apologised for not seeing me previously, said he had notification from the hospital and was in agreement with the diagnosis.... so Christmas has, well it didn’t even start in this house, my heads spinning in several directions. Don’t have any complaints about the GP or NHS, just suggest if you have symptoms of ill health during Covid and your GP won’t or cannot see you... Just go to the hospital where you will be seen...

Thanks,
Barney