Since the government shutdown on December 21, 2018 I've had a hard time explaining to people what the impact is. Living in the DC area, through the longest shutdown in U.S. history, everyone understands that most people who worked for the government were going without pay. A good portion of people also understood that the number of people affected extends beyond government employees to the various contract agencies that work to support the functioning of buildings and agencies.
But I never knew exactly what I ought to say. I don't work for the U.S. government. I work for myself. I own my own business and it's a freelance business and it has natural ebbs and flows. That's completely normal, and I have operating practices to make sure that there aren't disruptions in cash flow during those periods.