Covid-19: Some business ideas to consider during the downturn
By Guardian Exclusive
16 July 2020 | 11:00 am
The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy has been huge and the cost of living is at an all-time high. While some entrepreneurs are complaining about the downturn in the economy, some are cashing out. Here are some business ideas you might want to consider during this crucial period.
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