By Whitney Rudeseal Peet
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States early last year, outdoor, warm weather gatherings were the standard. But as the weather gets colder and we officially head into winter, those gatherings don’t exactly have the same appeal. You’ll probably find fewer yoga classes held on the community lawn, or spend less time waiting outside to enter your favorite store.
But how can store owners and entrepreneurs still operate in a COVID-safe way while also remaining accessible and comfortable?
Calendly can help you continue to thrive and keep a safe distance from customers.
For some, meetings in-person aren’t necessarily a requirement: think life coaches, therapists, and tutors. Video conferencing tools like Zoom are a great way to replicate that in-person experience while remaining socially distanced.
With Calendly, you can integrate with Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams, for free, indefinitely, making it easier than ever to meet with your clients in this virtual-meeting-filled world.
(If you’re afraid of no-shows, we have some advice on that, too.)
For others, it simply doesn’t make sense to meet virtually: think photographers or fitness trainers.
In-person is the only option for these kinds of activities, but it’s still important to limit the amount of people in an indoor space. In these instances, if it makes sense for you, you might want to let your client set the meeting location. For engagement or wedding photo shoots, for example, let your clients choose if they want to meet at the local park or somewhere closer to home. For fitness trainers, maybe a visit to each client’s house is the safest option this winter.
Either way, allowing your clients to set the meeting location might help them feel a lot more comfortable.
If you prefer to do work in your own space—or you simply need to, if you own a brick and mortar store—Calendly can help with that too.
By setting buffers before a meeting, after a meeting, or both, you can prevent back-to-back clients or customers and set the time you need to reorganize, sanitize, and prepare before the next appointment. Buffers can give you as much time as you need to reset, from five minutes to three hours. This is a great option for local gyms, hair and nail salons, or similar businesses.
Think we might have your solution to a safe, sanitary, and successful winter? Give Calendly a try for free and see if it will work for you.
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