- Though many businesses have shuttered or gone bankrupt during the pandemic, another crop of entrepreneurs are seizing the moment to innovate and scale.
- Business Insider talked with entrepreneurs across the country to learn how they recovered from layoffs, started side-hustles, and ramped up their businesses during the pandemic – all from the comfort of their homes.
- They gave their top tips on staying organised, launching new products, and gaining customers.
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Although the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered and bankrupted numerous businesses, it’s not an impossible time to start a brand new business or grow the one you have. Some of the greatest ideas came out of economic crises and there are many industries ripe to disruption as COVID-19 has accelerated pre-existing consumer trends.
Business Insider talked to entrepreneurs across the country to learn how they recovered from layoffs, started side-hustles, and ramped up their businesses during the pandemic – all from their own living rooms and kitchens during quarantine.
Subscribe below to read their top tips and lessons learned, from selling out of a product launch to starting two businesses within one month.
The “Zoom boom” gives way to virtual parties:
How to start an online business that can bring in thousands of dollars in a few weeks, especially if your product is for people tired of quarantine
Scaling production just before a pandemic:
How an entrepreneur used her side hustle to save up $US5,000 and launch a direct-to-consumer beauty brand with a waitlist of 2,000 customers
Starting an 6-figure side hustle from home:
Five experts shared with Business Insider hard lessons they learned that helped grow their side gigs
Taking your side-gig full time:
A marketing associate who was laid off from his job 2 months after he started shares how he’s built up 4 side gigs that are putting him on track to make over $US100,000 this year
Launching a video-pitching platform for entrepreneurs:
The company aims to help women and people of colour shrink the funding gap and reach eager investors
An app helps businesses attract customers through word-of-mouth marketing:
Its cofounder shares how it works and the strategies that enabled the company to accelerate its launch date
From product manager to career coach:
A product manager whose company laid off 100 employees launched a career coaching platform to connect hiring experts with job seekers – and made 50 matches in 24 hours
Launching two businesses in one month:
A 28-year-old CEO shares his best advice for entrepreneurs looking to innovate quickly in a time of crisis.
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