As the full impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak hits home, practicing social distancing has quickly become our new normal. As if quarantining ourselves at home wasn’t difficult enough, many people have children at home that they’re trying to keep busy on top of doing their full-time job or running their own business. It’s enough to make anyone feel stressed out and overwhelmed, but remember we’re all in this together! We’ve got you covered with some ideas of what you can do while practicing social distancing and keeping yourselves and your loved ones safe.

If you’re selling online, here are some tips to keep you busy and productive during this difficult time:

Get Organized

-Clean up your inventory inactive listings – there’s no time like now to cut loose stagnant inventory that hasn’t moved in the last year. 

-Clean up and organize your workspace.

-Sort and organize local inventory.

Get Ready

-With brick and mortar stores closing everywhere, online arbitrage just became your new best friend. Try using IL’s new Scout!

-Go through our tax checklist to make sure you have all your ducks in a row for Uncle Sam. It should be noted that while you still have to file your taxes by April 15, 2020, the IRS has deferred any federal payments owed until July 15th. Read here for more information.

Get Educated

-Attend a webinar (or two).

-Read the rest of our blog posts!

Get Smart

Keep these important and practical tips in mind for keeping yourself and everyone else safe:

-Practice social distancing (really) – only leave your house when absolutely necessary and keep your interactions with others outside of your immediate household family (even with extended family members) to a bare minimum.

-Wash your hands after going anywhere or interacting with anyone outside of your household.

If you have to leave your house, be sure to wipe down common surfaces with antibacterial wipes if you have them (i.e., grocery cart handles, baskets, etc.).

-If you need to cough or sneeze be sure to do so into the crook of your elbow, not into your hands. Some people with the COVID-19 virus are completely asymptomatic and aren’t even aware they have it. This is still cold and flu season as well, and you can still spread plenty of other unwanted germs.

For the most up-to-date and accurate information, please visit the CDC or WHO websites or contact your local government agencies.

Stay healthy and Happy Selling!