Some home businesses thriving during COVID-19 pandemic

WATCH: Some home businesses are thriving during COVID-19 pandemic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A number of home business owners say they haven’t seen a dip, but a major increase in their business during the safer at home order which closed non-essential businesses.

Several home business owners told FOX13’s Jeremy Pierre that with many brick and mortar stores closed it’s given them an opportunity to thrive.

Elliott Sayles is the creator of the well-known “Mane” shirts that he sells to people all over the country.

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He recently created a shirt telling people to “Stay home, Mane” that people have been buying quickly online.

“I think other business owners are experiencing a lot of time, useful time, to create and innovate what they are doing without the distraction,” Sayles said.

Shontiva Pigram started her at home business less than a year ago in August.

Pigram explained to Jeremy how her business is making its way during the coronavirus pandemic.

“There are a lot of pros and cons that’s been taking place. I’ll mention a few cons shipping has been delayed,” Pigram said.

Pros include mastering her craft and using best practices on different social media platforms.

“During this time, I would have pop-up shops. I would have networking events a lot of those events have been canceled or postponed,” Pigram said.

Because of health concerns of the coronavirus many people have decided to purchase things online, that’s where a majority of Pigram’s and Sayle’s profits have come from.

Both at home entrepreneurs say this is a great time for people to take advantage of starting businesses in the comfort of their homes.

“I don’t see how you can not do it because everybody sees it now,” Sayles said.

“I have been profiting off this quarantine and chilling. I really have,” Pigram said.

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