Practical Advice For Businesses During Coronavirus (Covid-19)
On this page we are planning to collect all the practical advice for businesses that we find that might be helpful during the coronavirus (covid-19) lockdown. We will be focusing on technology tips for working from home, links to sites that help with the financial challenges during lockdown, links to sites that will help businesses plan, market and survive covid-19 challenges, plus tips to help with the mental health of yourself and your workforce.
Please note we cannot personally endorse, recommend or confirm any of the information on the sites mentioned.
We hope it helps.
Loads of companies are offering apps / advice / training and other services for free. This page gives a very comprehensive list of what is available from apps to help you manage your cash flow, through assistance with setting up online, help with marketing and a lot, lot more.
A great place to get a concise summary of what is available. This accountancy firm is providing a lot of information about the various Government grants and offers available for businesses.
Martin Lewis has a page dedicated to getting help. A couple of things he mentions that we did not know about was people working from home being able to claim tax relief and self-employed company directors being able to furlough themselves.
What if someone refuses to work during covid-19? Managing a pregnant worker during covid-19. Should I hire an ex-employee so I can furlough them? Just some of the HR questions answered on this great site.
Great video from ActiveGrowth discussing the opportunities that will arise from the Covid-19 crisis, short term and long term. One to get you thinking.
This site gives a good step-by-step of everything to consider if you are thinking of moving your business online. Right down to thinking about the best courier service to deliver your products. A good place to start
This blog has a list of all the things to avoid when marketing in these challenging times. The site also has a blog about Google Ads during covid-19 and other marketing topics. Allow for the fact it is US based.
Emotional Wellbeing When Working Home Tip
This blog from Mental Health UK gives a succinct summary of key things to do to protect your mental health when working from home.
Doing a lot more video conferencing both for work and to keep in touch? Finding it challenging and tiring but don't know why. This is a really good article about why, which will also give you an understanding of some of the challenges for business
Working From Home
Working from home it is often difficult to filter out background noise. There are lots of great noise cancelling headsets available. Here are some things to consider.
We have had several customers contact us to ask how they can enable remote working. We thought you might find it useful if we summarised the most commonly used options.
Time Keeping App
Great app if you need help tracking time. Toggl is available on 30 day free trial, which we hope will be all you need it for. You may, however fall in love with it if you love keeping track of your time.
Time Keeping Tips
Lots of people who work from home love the Pomodoro technique. It’s simple really: work for 25 minutes, then take a short break. Every 4 ‘Pomodoros’ take a longer break. the longer break is usually around 15-30 minutes.
Working From Home Tips
Many people find working from home challenging - for lots of reasons. There are lots of good tips in this blog (note it was written before the lockdown so not all are currently possible).