The following is the first in a series of stories that I will be featuring about small businesses in my home state of Pennsylvania, and how they are being affected by the mandatory shutdown due to COVID-19. As a self-employed family photographer, I feel the strain. I'm worried that my business, which was just beginning to flourish, will not be able to recover when this is all said and done. Not that I won't be able to offer my services, but that the economic consequences of the shutdown will cause such devastation that photography will not be something that families will be able to afford. Fortunately I am not the sole breadwinner for my family, but that is not the case for many other business owners. Most are far more dependent on the income from their businesses to support their families, and they are not getting any help. Thousands of businesses are in jeopardy of closing for good, and time is running out.
I am not able to provide services to my clients and have been cancelling for 2 months. I'm not able to reschedule because we don't know when we can go back to work. I'm so scared that I will lose clients to this mess. I'm trying not to lose any business and I don't want anyone to be upset if they don't get in first. My creditors are deferring but they want double next month - where is that coming from if we are not open yet? Moving forward I will have made sure I have at least 2 months of bills saved in my account and never take a day for granted again. It still makes me so angry that everything literally got ripped right out from underneath us and we all were blindsided. I didn't know this was even possible in America, but now we know and now we must be prepared! So I will be prepared to not depend on anyone anymore. Our government let us down!
You can contact Tammy through her Facebook page here.
If you are a business owner in Pennsylvania and would like to be featured in this project, please contact me.
Tracy Miller is a family, newborn, & fine art photographer serving Pittsburgh & surrounding communities in Pennsylvania including:
Greensburg, Latrobe, Irwin, North Huntingdon, Ligonier, Penn Township, Fox Chapel, Penn Hills, Monroeville, Penn-Trafford, Squirrel Hill, Wexford, Murrysville, and beyond.