For most of the country, school is back in session or at least just a few weeks away. In some cities, students may be returning to a hybrid model, which is some in-class time combined with online learning. Others may remain completely virtual until 2021. For entrepreneurial parents, that means performing a balancing act of running your own business and making sure sales are on the rebound, while also ensuring your child is engaged online, following new protocols, and keeping up with assignments.
When COVID-19 shut down most schools last March, teachers and administrators scrambled to figure out some way to transfer school learning to online learning. Schools were faced with the challenge if providing teachers and students with the technology to make the transition happen smoothly, figure out some kind of grading system that was fair under stressful conditions, and make teachers, students, and parents accountable so the new virtual system would still provide crucial instruction. I’m not sure how your kids fared, but for us the results were mediocre, at best.
At the same time, business owners (with the means to do so) also had to pivot to a virtual model and figure out how to run their businesses without in-person interactions and still meet the needs of customers. That also meant learning how to manage remote employees and learning about the regulations associated with virtual companies.
Now that the new school year is here, we’ve had many months to see where the mistakes were made and apply what we learned so we can work from home productively while ensuring our kids are engaged and learning until schools open again.
Here are some ways you can make it work for your business and family, too.