How are you coping with the economic crisis?

— -- We sent USA TODAY video journalists out to ask small business owners how the financial crisis is affecting them. We wanted to know if people were experiencing credit issues, if they had to change their business routines or spending habits.

We would like to hear more from you to get a more complete snapshot of your lives during these turbulent economic times. Please use the comment field below to tell us how the financial and credit crisis is affecting you. We would appreciate keeping the comments focused on personal stories about coping with the crisis and not politics.

We also appreciate video storytelling and encourage you to videotape your story, upload your video to and email us the link at We will post your compelling stories.