COVID-19: When Work From Home Is Not An Option

Who would have thought 2020 was going to be the year that would rock everybody’s world? Across the globe, we have faced huge challenges medically, economically, socially and environmentally.  People, lives, homes, businesses, families have been torn apart. Now, as we continue to grapple with our ‘new normal’. Many of us within the business community are finding new ways to adapt and overcome some of the obstacles we have faced to forge a fresh approach.

Natasha Edwards is the founder and managing director of high-performance training and consulting group, Talentside. She says when COVID-19 hit, many of her clients put their employees on job keeper and nobody could justify paying training fees.

“All of my work was postponed indefinitely. Added to this, I was home-schooling my five-year-old and so the opportunity to win new business was very limited. My business literally fell off a cliff.”


Fast-forward 6-months and Natasha has launched a new business – an online community and course designed to help college and university students land their all-important first job.

“The pandemic has had a huge impact on young people’s career opportunities with so many businesses having closed, operating on reduced numbers or introducing remote work structure. I decided to utilise my experience and extensive industry contacts to tailor-make a course that can help graduates secure their first ‘proper’ job and get their foot on the crucial first step of the career ladder.”

The result of this is that I have created a new business – something I have wanted to do for some time. It’s an online community and course developed to help college and university leavers navigate the choppy waters of securing work during these COVID changing times.”

A New Way Of Working

One crucial element of operating a successful business with social distancing in place says Natasha, is the ability to offer remote training via virtual calls, zoom, content recording etc.

“I had always used these systems before the pandemic and I find them extremely useful and cost-effective, particularly as many of my clients are overseas. However, I believe that in-person training has the edge and as soon as we are able to facilitate this effectively, I will definitely be offering this as an option. People like to connect in the real-world which is so important when you’re starting out.”

Natasha says that having her Anytime Office membership has greatly assisted in giving her time away from working from home to spend time investing in her new business.

Work From Home Alternative

“Anytime Offices is the perfect antidote to the isolation that I experienced working at home which had a negative effect on my productivity. It has also really helped to me to maintain some separation between home-time and work-time, making me a more present and effective parent than I was when I was working from home. Added to that, the facilities such as high-speed Wi-Fi, 24-hour office access, meeting rooms has given me increased efficiency. I can get everything done when I need to at work then switch off and enjoy my family at home. It really is the best of both-worlds for a time-poor working mum.”

Anytime Offices provide flexible office space for rent. Located close to Sydney CBD, Anytime Offices provide an alternative to long-term commercial office leases and high-quality serviced office solutions including private offices, coworking spaces, dedicated desks and hot desks.

Deborah Ivison
at Bay Public Relations