Now, more than ever, we're grasping at straws trying to find the next thing to do with our families. Unfortunately, the options are limited. The parking lot at the movie theatre, escape room, restaurant, soda shop (ok, I'm old, but they do still exist), and anywhere else we like to go for entertainment, are empty. While this is a bummer in a lot of different ways, it's also a good thing.
Also, now more than ever, dinners are returning to the dining room table, families are talking to each other more, and board games are coming out of the closet and being dusted off. Neighbors are reaching out to each other to offer a helping hand and long overdue projects around the house are getting completed. It's a different world out there. However, it can sometimes be difficult to keep the children entertained and learning new things with all this newfound free time on our hands.
When I got into the balloon business it was the last thing I expected. I grew up in construction and other manual labor industries. Though I've always enjoyed being artistic in music and other avenues, I never dreamed I would be running a balloon decorating company. For the last ten years, balloons have been my livelihood. Our niche has been working with automotive dealerships via subscription-based balloon decor, but we also work with private parties and events building elaborate sculptures and filling the space with balloon garlands and other designs. Recently, we launched a new branch of our company called DIY Balloon Designs. We created this new space to help those that wanted to save money build elaborate balloon designs to decorate their event.
Like many other businesses out there, our bottom line has suffered due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Many of our subscription-based clients have paused their service because they, too, are hurting and trying to save money. This caused us to pivot our business model and create something new and exciting! Through Covid-19, Balloon Boredom Buster was born. We had balloons, we had packaging, we had a printer, and we had other various supplies. Emily, my wife, came to me with an idea, and within two days, we had our first kit.
I'm thankful to friends that were willing to try it out! Their three girls loved the kit. That gave me the confidence I needed to put this new product out in the public eye.
"The games are fun and the instructions are perfect."
Now that it has been released, we're so excited to have been able to help many families have a little fun in their homes. It's been about two weeks since our first kit was put together. The feedback we are receiving has been amazing.
There are a lot of blog posts out there with fun ideas for you to try to stave off the boredom around your home. By all means, check them out. We need all the help we can get! Be sure you're helping any business out there that's doing their best to pivot in these unprecedented times.
My goal here is to let you in on a little known secret that is emerging into the marketplace. I'm willing to bet there is a lot of that going on these days. Look out for those small differences in your favorite place of business that just might make them an entirely new company once this is all over. We now have a new product to go along with our other products and services that we probably wouldn't have had without Covid-19.
I'm not happy about this virus. Don't get me wrong. I am, however, happy about some of the ways the world is changing because of it, and the good that has come out of it.