It is safe to say that 2020 will be a year that lives in infamy. As the coronavirus swept through every nation, our lives were flipped upside down. We were forced inside our homes for the common good of our families and friends.
Regardless of race, gender, political views, or social status, we all had to make unthinkable sacrifices to not only stop the spread but protect our loved ones. People stopped going to school, seeing friends, and going shopping. Businesses were closed, and the world will forever be different. However, despite it all, there were a few businesses that not only survived but thrived.
From essential businesses to construction, here are the top industries that flourished during the pandemic.
Just because people were stuck at home doesn’t mean life suddenly stopped. No matter what is going on in the world, utilities are an essential part of everyday life. The utility industry includes everything from electrical power, water, sewage systems, and natural gas. Companies that distributed, treated, or generated these services saw little to no decline in work.
One of the few businesses that were allowed to remain open during the height of the pandemic were grocery stores. With the widespread closing of restaurants across the nation, grocery clerks quickly became essential workers as millions of people relied on supermarkets for food and other supplies. Of course, who could forget the infamous toilet paper shortage? Grocery stores were doing so well that most struggled to keep essential items like toilet paper, paper towels, and certain food items on the shelves.
Another industry that thrived during the pandemic was construction which includes everything from commercial work to residential contracting. According to the US Census small business survey, over 60 percent of construction-related businesses said there was little or no impact on business from the pandemic. Since many projects required outdoor work, construction employment was also high compared to other industries. However, if over 60 percent of construction businesses saw no decline in business that means at least 40 percent did. If your company was hit hard and is in need of equipment, consider cutting costs by renting top-quality work trucks and other tools for affordable prices.
Remarkably, as restaurants and bars were forced to close their doors, liquor stores were deemed essential businesses. With everyone forced to lockdown inside their homes, millions turned to alcohol to pass the time and lighten the mood. As people stocked their liquor cabinets, wine and liquor stores saw sales soar through the roof.
Since people couldn’t go out during the pandemic for entertainment, more people than ever were turning to board games, video games, and puzzles in order to pass the time. In addition, since schools were closed educational video games became a hot community for parents trying to keep their children occupied.
Online Tutoring Services
As stated above, schools were closed down for the majority of the pandemic as kids were forced to learn over zoom classes. However, this led to many children falling behind as teachers struggled to develop an effective teaching strategy over zoom. Luckily there were plenty of tutoring services that offered personal one on one sessions to help kids who were falling behind.
Delivery men and women became the unsung heroes of the pandemic as people were either too scared or not allowed to leave their homes to go shopping. Luckily delivery services provided families with necessary supplies from groceries to games and medicine.
Fears of germs and spreading the coronavirus led to a desperate demand for sanitation services. Office buildings, restaurants, retail stores, and even some homes hired professional cleaning services to wash and sanitize spaces.
Last but certainly not least, the healthcare workers became real-life superheroes. Nurses, doctors, medical assistants, and emergency responders worked around the clock, helping as many people as they could as hospitals saw record-breaking numbers of patients. As an already high-demand industry, the pandemic forced the healthcare industry to grow even more.
The Pandemic Showed That We Are Resilient
Although the pandemic brought along many hardships, it proved that humans are resilient and will find a way to adapt. These industries that thrived during the pandemic provided a much-needed glimmer of hope for other industries looking to bounce back.