23 Apr 2020, Read Time : 5 Min

Use this Lockdown to your benefit: How to use the lockdown to make yourself better

On a usual day, we are too busy to consider doing anything except work. While we all try to get sales going, and push push push until the day is over, with coronavirus shutting down all businesses, there is a change at hand.

With the extension lockdown, many people are despairing because they don’t know what to do. If you are wondering what you should be doing while stuck at home, here are a few things that should keep you on your toes and help you stay entertained as well!

Get your finances in-order

The government is doing its best to come to the rescue, along with several public and private banks Government is issuing loan schemes Schemes for businesses hit by Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

From SBI Special Coronavirus Funding Scheme to Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme for Micro and Small Enterprises, the states and central governments have launched multiple schemes, read here to know how you can avail them.

Learn Inventory Management

Usually, we don’t really get time to do thorough checks when it comes to inventory. Take this opportunity to keep a check on your stock-keeping. Also, don’t miss this opportunity to learn something new. Head to the internet or surf through YouTube and learn a little more about inventory, so that you can stay ahead of the game.

These articles may help you manage your inventory once you bounce back:

  1. Importance of Inventory Management for Retailers
  2. 10 Essential Tips for Effective Inventory Management

Learn more about Display

As a retailer who deals in tiles, your display is all that attracts the customer more than anything else. It is literally the first impression that brings them to your store. While you are away from your store, it is time to know about kinds of displays and what kinds of trends bring people to walk-in to your store.

Try these platforms to learn more about Display:

  1. Pinterest – It is a one-stop destination to not just get innovative ideas to display your products but a great place to understand how others around the globe are managing display.
  2. Read Often – Read about various aspects of display like the kind of glass to use, lights, etc. You can simply click here to know more.
  3. Signage – Signage on display to showcase the ability of the latest launch, highlighting the USP of the store or a sale announcement. These signages could be made out metal, have lights or simply danglers made of cardboard. Think of using signages in the most productive way. Read here if you don’t believe us!

We understand businesses have been hit hard and with no sales happening at all the expenses remain as is. Be it the rent, salaries or daily household expenses, nothing has changed. With almost no cash flow in this period you may require guidance or help to make progress when you start.

New skills

This is also the perfect time to learn something new! As a retail business owner, it is always good to be one step ahead of the curve. We have a lot of resources nowadays, make sure you utilize the time you have been given.

You can explore our sophisticated technology – QuickLook that helps designing any space with the tiles available in 3 simple steps. The tool has proved to be a game-changer among many channel partners and you can too make the best out of it.

Help your clients who were planning on renovation or construction of their spaces with this exclusive tool. This will help your clients save time when the construction work starts.

You can either help them avail TruLook, this service will help your clients to try tiles even before they buy. Which tile looks best in your room is hard to visualize by just looking at the tiles. Avail Trulook and get your space designed by experts with the tiles selected by you even before you buy.

From listening to leadership

Pick up an interpersonal skill. Social skills are very important for anyone in the business sector. There are many different skills that one needs to stay on top of the game, and with so much time on your hands, you can learn something new. Use the vast resources of the internet, and practice by yourself or with your family, so that when you come out of the lockdown you can show off your newly acquired skills, whether they are learning how to listen when none is talking or leading with confidence!

Listen to the success stories of people and their business here:

  1. Best Advice to Small Business Owners by Warren Buffet 
  2. Listen to Ratan Tata from the man himself
  3. Top 5 Entrepreneurship Lessons From Most Successful Entrepreneurs
  4. Bill Gates’s Top 10 Rules For Success

Tell them you care

 Keep in touch with customers! It is a known fact that customers tend to come back to businesses that show a personal interest in them. Talk about your customers’ needs, help them with tile problems, the best you can. Cultivate a relationship that will, in the long run, help both you and your customer. Show them you care.

 Family time

 In this fast-paced world, we often forget to give enough time to our families. Don’t look at the lockdown as a bad thing. This is a rare opportunity to interact with your family and have some good old bonding time! Play a game with your children/grandchildren, cook your spouse’s favorite dish, and do a video call with your relatives. Make sure you let them know you care. Now’s the time!

Help your business by helping yourself grow. Make the most of this lockdown and learn something new. When you emerge from your home at the end of this month, you will be a different person. Make sure you get a good amount of fun as well as work done in the meanwhile!

The lockdown is not only about keeping safe and healthy, but it can also be about change and growth. Make sure you don’t stagnate and use this lockdown to the best of your interests!

While you are away from work, let us know what is keeping you occupied and how are you keeping yourself safe and engaged. We would love to know about your recommendations so we can all grow together in this trying time.

Stay healthy and happy!


Mannika Mitra

Mannika Mitra is an Arts Graduate from the Delhi University & a Post-Graduate Diploma holder in Journalism and Mass Communication. She has worked as a digital producer with new agency; ANI, NDTV & Hindustan Times before joining Orientbell Tiles as a part of their digital and content marketing team. Her interest in interior design and knowledge of tiles comes from her family of architects and Tile Shop owners. In her quest to write useful blogs that help users pick the right tiles and renovation inspiration, she frequently does research with architects, tile dealers among others. Apart from writing content for the website she loves to travel, know about various cultures and binge watch on OTT platforms.

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