It became clear to Clare Lovelace about a week ago that the business was in a perilous position.
Originally from England, she watched restrictions on businesses in the UK steadily increase in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms Lovelace owns Soul Tribe yoga studio in Batemans Bay - one of many businesses impacted by the Australian Government shut-down of non-essential services announced Sunday, March 22.
"About a week ago it really dawned on me that we were going to have to close," she said.
"After hearing what happened in the UK I started to get mentally prepared for the studio having to close."
She began to shift her studio online about a week ago, starting with free live streams of classes for members unable to attend in person.
Since the shut-down, she has been able to move the studio's entire timetable to online delivery via Zoom.
Classes are $10 each for casuals, or $60 a month for online membership, and taken by their usual teacher.
Ms Lovelace estimates she has kept about 50 per cent of her members, but anticipates more challenges ahead.
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"It has been very stressful," she said.
"Many of our students aren't used to doing things online or are against it. And it's not the same as being in the studio.
"The income has dropped significantly already. It's going to be really challenging. There are a lot of unknowns. I've got three sets of rent - I know there's support out there, but it's not super easy to access.
"I feel we were really thriving as a business, just getting past that first year mark, then the fires hit, now this.
Ms Lovelace said it helped to know she was not alone. Many other local businesses face similar challenges, and feel a sense of responsibility to their employees, customers and wider community.
"Small businesses are doing much more to support people and avoid firing people," she said.
"Small businesses care more because they're in the community, they're part of the community, rather than a faceless head office somewhere."
She said for those who are able, the best way to support local businesses is to continue paying any memberships they might have, look at what online offerings may be available, or purchase gift vouchers for when they reopen.
Another easy way to support - and stay connected with - small business is to follow and engage with them on social media, such as Facebook or Instagram.
Her advice for other businesses in a similar position was to embrace online delivery where possible.
"It doesn't matter if it's polished," she said.
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"A lot of people don't do things because they're worried it won't be perfect. But there's already enough of that, and if people want something from you it's because they like you or have a connection with you.
"We're trying to keep a sense of community via Zoom - not just classes but tea parties. It's not a super slick system yet but it will be
"Ask for support - there's tutorials about how to take your business online and different forums starting up.
"And trust that everything is going to be ok, because everyone is in the same boat."
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