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Not All Business is Down During the Pandemic

November 19, 2020

By Ben Kimmel

New York, NY – Although the year 2020 has been a bust for many companies and small businesses, there are some businesses that have experienced a steady upswing.

Small businesses, such as drafting services for those looking to make home improvements, have been fortunate. Delivery services have become important to those who do not want to go to stores or stand in lines. The gaming industry has certainly been busy entertaining families at home during the quarantine. Landscaping and gardeners are reporting their business has improved. People that are staying home are cooking and baking more and coffee subscription companies have seen an increase in their business.

Shops have closed, and with concern for infections, people are looking to satisfy their needs through other reliable sources. Offerings that maintain customer service while people are at home have reached the medical field with telemedicine. Businesses that offer tutoring have improved. Behavioral health providers have seen their clientele increase and so have home health companies. 

Some businesses have been deemed “pandemic-proof” such as utility companies, construction, building services and waste management. Of course, law enforcement has been busy during the pandemic. The same can be said for the nursing industry. Another industry that has boomed is the mask-making industry. Food services and the trucking industry have been going strong during the pandemic. Smaller businesses that offer home, heating and air conditioning repairs have claimed an increase in profit due to the fact that people are home more.

Amazon added 400,000 jobs this year to handle the inflow of online business, pushing its employment to over 1 million employees for the first time.

Despite the Pandemic, Covid-19 has created a boom in the housing market. Although the commercial market in New York City is floundering at best, recent reports show the sale of 410 Tenth Avenue to an undisclosed buyer in the amount of $952.5 million. That is the biggest commercial real estate deal in the City since the Pandemic hit.

Otherwise, the best tips to survive the Pandemic in the business world are obvious: watch expenses, make connections, learn to improve skills and efficiency and pay attention to the trends. With the worries of the upcoming winter and anticipated shutdowns ahead, the best advice is to stay safe, practice social distancing, wear a mask, keep healthy and hope the vaccine does what it’s supposed to do.

Ben Kimmel is a proud member of the IUOE Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach, and Peer & Wellness Advocate.  Ben can be reached at


November 19, 2020

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