Finding Silver Linings in the Coronavirus Pandemic

We are certainly living in extraordinary times. The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented event that very few people saw coming, even just a couple months ago. Thousands have lost their lives due to the virus, and millions have lost their jobs because of the lockdown that was triggered by it. Restaurants, bars, sporting events, and other gathering places have all been shut down, and the kids have been pulled out of school and are doing distance learning from home.

Who would have thought that a virus from overseas could wreak so much havoc on our society? And yet, here we are.

There is no doubt that the coronavirus outbreak is one of the greatest challenges our country has ever faced. But America has been through difficult times before, and we have always risen to the challenge. It is no different this time around.

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those rare experiences that is shared by everyone, and of this crisis we can truly say, “we are all in this together”. This experience is bringing out the best in South Carolinians and all Americans. We are seeing communities pulling together like never before, and many people are also using this disruption in their lives to make positive changes.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

There are many people who are struggling because of the coronavirus situation. As mentioned earlier, countless businesses have closed, and millions of Americans have lost their jobs. This has caused financial devastation for a lot of families. Others are having trouble dealing with the isolation of being stuck at home, and still others are highly stressed having to work long hours because their jobs are considered essential.

Here are some of the ways people in local communities are stepping up to help their neighbors get through this crisis:

  • Donating and/or volunteering to local food shelves that suddenly find themselves short of resources and manpower.
  • Delivering groceries and other essentials to shut-ins who are not able to leave their home and risk viral exposure.
  • Patronizing local businesses that have been hurt badly by the shutdown.
  • Sending food, gifts, and appreciation cards to front-line workers.
  • Making homemade masks to send to front-line workers.
  • Providing virtual companionship by calling or videoconferencing with those who are feeling lonely because of the shutdown.
  • Doing quarantine birthday parades or hosting virtual birthday parties for others in the community who may have missed out on this important milestone.

A Rare Time to Slow Down and Reflect

With most activities canceled or restricted, many Americans find themselves with a lot of extra time on their hands. Although we did not plan it this way, this could end up being a blessing if the time is use constructively. For example, families where the parents and children are typically very busy now have an opportunity to spend some time together and make some special memories that they will look back on fondly for years to come.

The extra time also provides an opportunity to learn some new skills, perhaps a new language, or just to catch up with family members and friends that you have not spoken with for a while. When all of this is over, many of us might be thankful that we went through this difficult period that also gave us the opportunity to re-prioritize our lives.

A Trend Toward Telecommuting and Distance Learning

Students and much of our workforce have moved home for the time-being. This, again, was not planned, but it provided an opportunity for a lot of people to experience distance learning and telecommuting for the first time. At the end of all this, there is a good chance that many organizations will decide that working from home works well for their workforce. And a lot of parents may decide that distance learning works pretty well for their kids as well.

A Healthier Society

There is no doubt that our society will be much more health and hygiene conscious after the coronavirus passes. A lot more people will be using sanitizer regularly, and we will be more careful about touching our faces, handshakes, etc. especially when we feel a cold coming on. A greater focus on staying healthy will help prevent future viral outbreaks like the one we are going through now, and it will help make our society healthier overall.

We Will Get through this Together

Perhaps the greatest silver lining that will come out of the coronavirus pandemic is that it will once again show the resiliency of the American people in the face of a major crisis. There will certainly be incredible challenges ahead as we deal with the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, but together, we will get through this, and we will all come out stronger because of it.

In the meantime, we at the Nowell Law Firm want you to know that we are here for you if you need us. Just like you, we are doing most of our work remotely these days as we follow all of the social distancing guidelines, but we are well equipped with the technology and resources to continue serving our clients the way we always have.

Message us online or call our office today at (864) 469-2481 to speak with a member of our legal team.

My Business Partner and I Disagree on How to Run Our Business: What Are My Options?

In any business partnership, disagreements, disputes, and conflicts are bound to arise from time to time. If not resolved in a timely manner, these conflicts can disrupt your day-to-day operations and pose a serious threat to the continued operation of your business.

Disagreements on How to Run a Business

It is not uncommon for business partners to disagree over how the business should be run and what kind of objectives need to be met – both in the short term and in the long term.

For instance, you might want to expand your business while your partner might think it is premature to do so. Similarly, you might want to employ a top-down management strategy so you can keep a close eye on the day-to-day operations of your business. Your partner, on the other hand, might want to follow a bottom-up approach based on an employee feedback mechanism.

In some cases, you and your business partner might disagree with each other on how the resources of your business should be allocated. You might want to invest a large portion of your income to market your existing products, while your partner might want to use it to develop new products and expand your product range.

In some other cases, you and your partner might have different visions for the company and as a result disagree with each other on the direction that the company should head in.

What You Can Do to Resolve Your Disputes

First, you and your business partner should talk to each other and see if you can mend fences and settle your differences in an amicable manner. If you both have the best interests of your business in mind, finding common ground should not be a problem, since you both are working towards the same goal in the long term.

Do not make the mistake of judging your partner harshly, even if you think they are being unfair to you. Remember – you entered into a partnership with them because you both had the same dreams and shared the same vision for the business. So, you should operate on the assumption that your partner wants the best for you and your business until proven otherwise.

Employ what dispute resolution experts call the ‘active listening’ strategy. It is a method wherein you and your partner agree to listen to each other for a specific period of time – anywhere from 3 minutes to 10 minutes – without any interruptions.

This way, both of you can get a clear idea of the issue at hand and understand each other’s concerns regarding the same. Once you do, you can work together to find a solution which is acceptable to both of you.

Seek Outside Help

In some cases, you and your business partner might not be able to settle your differences on your own. In such a scenario, you should not hesitate to seek the help of a neutral third party who can help you sort out your differences amicably.

The mere presence of a neutral third party who has no vested interest in your business can help you see the issue at hand from a different perspective. It is generally not a good idea to ask a friend or a colleague of yours to play the role of a mediator to settle the dispute.

If the friend or colleague in question is someone you know very well, but your partner does not know, they might be biased towards you. Even if they are not, your partner might suspect that they are.

If, on the other hand, the person you choose is friends with both of you, they might find it hard to stay objective during the whole process without taking sides.

So, your best option is to choose a trained professional who can help you settle the dispute with your business partner through mediation, arbitration, or if those methods fail, litigation.

Business Dispute Lawyers in Spartanburg, South Carolina

The Nowell Law Firm focuses on resolving business disputes through mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Whether it is a dispute regarding profit sharing, resource allocation, workload, company’s objective, or any other issue, we can help you resolve it in the most practical, effective, and cost-efficient manner.

We are trained to resolve even the most complex of issues through mediation and arbitration. We can provide you with the counsel you need to resolve your issues without developing a sense of acrimony towards each other. Once the issue is settled, we can develop a comprehensive partnership contract that clearly defines each partner’s role, so that such problems do not arise in the future.

Sometimes, even the best of mediation and arbitration efforts can fail. In such cases, we can help you settle the dispute through litigation. We can help you buy out your partner’s share of the business. Moreover, if you are interested in selling your share of the business to your partner, we can help you with that too.

If you are in the midst of a dispute with your business partner and if you are in need of legal counsel, schedule a consultation with the Nowell Law Firm in Spartanburg, SC by messaging us online or calling (864) 469-2481. We look forward to serving you!