Which Businesses Need a Website Now?

With everything going on in this country surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be wondering  “Which businesses actually need a website now?” The truth is, over the last few weeks, we’ve seen record numbers for new sites launched on the SiteSwan platform. With social distancing and stay-at-home orders in effect, small businesses are depending on their online presence now more than ever – and fast. The demand for affordable web design is on the rise and many SiteSwan resellers are reaping the benefits.
Here are some businesses that need a website now...
“Essential” Businesses
These are the types of businesses that have remained open and that people rely on in everyday life and include but are not limited to: Supermarkets and Grocery Stores, Independent Pharmacies (yes they exist), Daycare Centers, Hardware Stores, Auto Repair Shops, Veterinary Clinics and Pet Stores, Discount and Convenience Stores, Storage Facilities and more. Essential businesses are currently overwhelmed with shoppers and a website can help save them countless hours a day on the phones answering frequently asked questions like “are you open?” “what are your hours?” and “do you carry this product?” A lot of these businesses are also incorporating online booking and e-commerce into their website to help keep up with customer demand.
With many restaurants being forced to limit their operations to takeout and delivery only, we’ve seen a large influx in the number of restaurant websites being built. Restaurants are being forced to adapt and update their websites so they can effectively and efficiently serve their customers. Restaurant owners are posting new “family packages” and offering economically-priced menus on their website. Links to online ordering apps like Seamless, Grub Hub and Door Dash are becoming more and more popular on restaurant websites. Others are integrating their own online ordering solution with their point of sale systems. For those restaurants that never had a website, many are perfectly happy with a basic website so they can just post their menu.
Home Service Businesses
While stuck at home, your eyes are probably being opened to a surprising number of things around the house that need repairs. From small fixes to major renovations, a lot of homeowners are taking advantage of being home to get work done on their house. Contractors, Roofers, Plumbers, Electricians, Landscapers, Handymen, Painters and other home improvement professionals are all investing in a new website to look their best, gain trust, showcase their recent work, and most importantly, be accessible and get more customers.
Cleaning Companies 
Masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies are all in short supply. Homeowners and businesses are all frantically trying to keep their property as clean as possible to avoid the spread of germs. Dusting, mopping floors, and cleaning toilets are tasks that a lot of people prefer not to do themselves. These days, finding a professional cleaning company starts with a simple search online. Without a website, local cleaning companies are practically invisible and missing out on hundreds of potential customers who need their services. 
Professional Services 
There are a lot of professional services like Lawyers, Realtors, Accountants, Counselors, Insurance Agencies, and Physicians that are still operating. While some might have limited hours, others are busier than ever! Either way, they still need a website to look professional, list their services, communicate with their clients, and attract new customers. A lot of these businesses are using their slow time to focus on things they’ve been putting off, like updating their brand, designing new marketing materials, and of course, revamping their website.

While the COVID-19 pandemic is having a big impact on lots of small businesses, there are many industries who are thriving and your web design business can thrive too – all while helping others. In fact, many of our SiteSwan resellers actively selling sites right now have been labeled "essential" by their clients – because a strong online presence during this time is the key to survival.


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