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Sometimes in business, surviving is thriving

May 16th, 2020 11:40 AM

By Southern Star Team

Mags Riordan runs Bumblebee Flower Farm.

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NETWORK Ireland West Cork has devised the theme ‘Thrive & Survive Covid-19’ to help members during this challenging time.

As a group, they have brought fast action to help some members to pivot their previous business model to survive and be flexible. These four local women have diversified, looked outside the box and moved with the times to bring their business online and service clients whilst embracing the Network Ireland West Cork 2020 motto #BeTheBestYou

MAGS Riordan runs Bumblebee Flower Farm and says Covid has virtually wiped out edible flower sales, wedding and event work as well as on-farm workshops.

How have you pivoted your business to respond to Covid-19?

Taking bouquet sales online with nationwide delivery. Bouquet sales have doubled since mid March, with week-of-week increase of between 10% and 15%.

What is your top tip for thriving not just surviving in the current business climate?

Have a solid green ethos with a strong sustainability statement! This will be critical post Covid-19.

What are your plans for the future?

Future plans have become my present plans. Our Sustainability School is now my focus with the first of our online mini courses being offered at the end of May. Following on with a full day intensive on gardening for wildlife and biodiversity.  Now is the time to embrace social media if you haven’t already!

LIFE and business coach Anna Healy says Covid-19 has been a challenge but she continues to support clients and has adapted quickly to using video-conferencing.

How have you pivoted your business to respond to Covid-19?

I launched a free ‘Accountability Buddy’ system for my existing clients.  I host a virtual coffee morning for women in business every Tuesday at 11am.  I offer appointments via telephone and online at flexible times.

What is your top tip for thriving not just surviving in the current business climate?

Developing a flexible mindset can open your eyes to more opportunities for your business.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m moving more of my business online with client appointments, webinars and training. I will continue my podcast series Women in Business in West Cork with West Cork FM. For me, the future is always unknown. I believe if I adapt with each change ahead, then I will continue to be successful in life and business.

BARBARA Noonan Sexton is an ante-natal educator and homeopath is now providing ante-natal classes & homeopathic consultations online.

How have you pivoted your business to Respond to Covid-19?

I am now providing ante-natal education classes and homeopathic consultations online via Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp video-call which means that my clients can get the support they need even during Covid-19.

What is your top tip for thriving not just surviving in the current business climate?

Embrace change and use the advanced technology that we have at our fingertips to promote your business.

What are your plans for the future?

I am looking forward to continuing facilitating ante-natal classes and homeopathy consultations online. I will continue to update my website.

 

SARA Devoy is a craniosacral therapist who has had ot cancel hands-on therapy work and move online.

How have you pivoted your business to respond to Covid-19?

This crisis has called me to focus on the very core of my work. I chose pregnant mothers as my focus and my online groups and individual sessions offer mums practical ways that they can calm themselves and feel more joyful.

What is your top tip for thriving not just surviving in the current business climate?

Observing my thoughts and staying in the present is key.

What are your plans for the future?

I am exploring collaborations with others both here and internationally that wish to support pregnant women and their babies online. I am very grateful for this world pause to wake up and get creative. I love the phrase ‘crisis opportunity’. I want to live this!

• Network Ireland West Cork’s new programme called ‘Explore Your Hidden Goals’ is a three-part series which runs fortnightly in May.  Part 2 on May 15th  sees Anne Marie Kingston of White Sage Decluttering join Jackie Gowran of Business Weaving and career guidance coach Maureen Canty, all sharing their career stories.  The final webinar, on Friday 29th May, will discuss ‘Business Review and New Product Development’.  This is a moderated session sharing experience of a review/change in a business with tips on tackling a review of your business or a new product development.  Email [email protected]

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