Ronan McNamara is founder of Cumara, a performance management company
The lockdown has had a massive impact on me and my business. I don't know if things will ever be the same. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote about the stages of grief and I seemed to go through the whole lot of them in quick succession. There was denial, anger and now a sort of acceptance. I've had to learn how to put my business online in an effective way.
I'm married with teenagers and a college-aged kid. The bank has been good to us, we've been able to defer payment. It's meant a hardship for me in terms of what can be spent, there will be no holiday this year, bills will have to be met and they will be the priority. My office is from home and I got through the last recession because my fixed costs are small. Getting through those times will stand to me now I think.
I'm getting the €350-a-week payment and of course I worry about what things will look like later in the year and how bills will be paid. My business depends on consumer confidence, so when that's low it's tough. I think one thing that's been amazing from all this is how little you can actually live on and live well on. Good food is not very expensive and there is only so much consumer things we can buy now anyway. Maybe come the winter, when there are heating bills to pay and so forth, things will look different but that has been one of the realisations for me.