COVID19-Safe Strategies for Home-Based Businesses

This year, people who run their businesses from home have had to make several changes to the way that they do things, particularly when working with customers or clients. If you run a home-based business that serves clients from home, making sure that everybody is protected from COVID19 has become a priority. Keeping yourself and your customers safe from the pandemic needs to be a theme running through every decision that you make for your home business – and it’s even more important when you are carrying out services from the same place that you and your family live. Here are some of the main strategies for protecting your home-based business from COVID19.

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Sneeze Guards:

If you offer a service to your customers that doesn’t involve any close physical contact, it’s worth considering investing in products to add an additional layer of safety for both yourself and your client. Sneeze Guards can be used in home-based business settings where you hold meetings with clients, or even to provide additional protection when you are offering certain beauty services such as nail treatments, where you can place the guard between yourself and the customer with a small gap that they can place their hands underneath.


Wherever possible, it is worth asking any customers that visit your home business to wear a face covering for the duration of the visit and wear one yourself. Face masks have been proven effective in reducing the spread of the coronavirus by providing a barrier to collect microscopic droplets that come from your mouth and nose when you speak, laugh, cough, and sneeze. Paired with additional protective measures such as sneeze guards, wearing a facemask can dramatically reduce the risk of either you or your customers passing COVID19 on.

Social Distancing:

While it might not always be possible with some home-based businesses, such as those offering hairdressing, massage services, and other personal care services, those business owners who can social distance during meetings with clients or customers should do so wherever possible. If you use a certain room in your home for visiting with your customers, it might be worth setting it up differently to put as much space as possible between yourself and your customer.

Cleaning and Hygiene:

Finally, good personal hygiene for both yourself and your customers, along with more frequent deep cleaning of your home business space, is important for reducing the risk of spreading the coronavirus as you work. Offer hand sanitizer or allow your customers and clients to use your sink to wash their hands when they enter and exit your premises, and stick to a good hand-washing routine yourself. Deep cleaning your business space after each customer is also a wise idea, paying particular attention to high-touch and high-traffic areas such as door handles and seats. If you normally see customers by appointment, it’s worth spacing appointments out to add enough time for cleaning in between.

This year, home-based business owners have found themselves in a situation that they didn’t expect. With COVID19 still a real risk to health, it’s important to ensure that your home-based business is COVID19 safe in order to protect yourself, your customers, and your livelihood.