COVID19 Remote Working Day One Hundred and Eighty-Two of Selling Copiers
Just in the last week I posted some additional pictures of older copiers on this site. For some reason it always seems that those vintage picture of the copiers that we used to sell brings back awesome memories. With a recent thread on Linkedin where I pictured an old analog Mita copy machine, that thread has more than 7,000 views. In addition I find it odd that it's only this time of year when I tend to find and post those old pictures. Thinking it has to do something with the time of year and the holidays.
With another recent blog post on this I wrote this for the first paragraph.
"Some may ask how will our industry grow after COVID19? There's some naysayers proclaiming that our industry is doomed and it will never be like it was. Personally I think the pandemic has allowed us to reset and rethink our industry. I believe the next 5 years will be the best we've had in 10 years."
The last nine months has allowed me more than my share of time to sit back and take in our industry in a greater picture. While many see peril and turmoil, I've been able to see the bigger picture of our industry. I stated this to a colleague the other day when I was asked about what COVID19 has done to our industry. I stated it's the best thing that's every happened to our industry and I can't wait to see what the next five years will bring.
I believe that the last five years allowed us to be complacent about our surroundings and our clients needs. There was no reason for our industry to change even though we were heading towards the end of the track. You know what I'm taking about it's what others called "the race to zero".
The emergence of COVID19 has changed everything. The emergence of COVID19 has also awakened the creative juices in every entrepreneur in our industry. I can see that our business is changing and it's just not about the clicks anymore. It's about dealers owners and entrepreneurs once again taking the risk to change their offerings to their clients and listening to our clients.
The 60's, 70's and 80's was an exceptional time in our industry. Copier dealerships started in homes, garages and in most cases funded with very little cash and maybe some credit cards. Those entrepreneurs put everything aside because they had no fear of risk and had to vision to see the best of times.
In recent chats with many in the industry there is no feeling that we've been defeated, there is no fear that are industry is no heading towards the end of the track. Yet there is a new feeling is of optimism that is gaining steam with everyone. It's been nine months and yes we've seen the worst of times, but I believe that next five years can be the best of times.
I thought the below song would fit right in with this blog. Thus while many may think that times are bleak there are others like me who believe that COVID19 gave us that wake up call that will change us forever. Change is good!
I urge you to not hang your head low, but to keep pushing forward, keep turning over those rocks (prospecting) and keep listening to what our clients want.