Coronavirus Resources: Small Business Tools & Resources During These Times
Mar 16, 2020
Hey Ecom Queens family,
Coronavirus is getting quite real around the world.
Here in Maryland, the governor closed all schools and gatherings over 250 people last week. Most social events have been canceled, and everyone is stocking up on food. News updates are coming in by the minute.
Many of us are lucky enough to work from home, or have our own businesses, so the impact may not be as great as others. However, everyone is adjusting and likely facing some difficulties. Whether it's kids at home, vacation plans canceled, slower times for our business, or unfortunately sickness, this is affecting us all.
For now, we'll just have to take this day by day, follow the guidelines of doctors and authorities, and we'll get through this together! If you want to share your Coronavirus experience, our Facebook Group is always open for you.
If you're off of work or having a slower month sales-wise, now's a great time to focus on things you've been pushing off in your business. Self-education, planning social media posts or upcoming products, recording finances, and creating a business plan are all great ideas.
There are many companies that have graciously expanded their software and tools during this time. I've put together a list of the top Covid-19 business resources available. Maybe one of these can help you, or a fellow business owner, or a new work-from-homer. Feel free to share!
(Below are software companies that have publicized Covid-19 related free offers. These are not my offers or affiliate links.)
Coronavirus Resources for Small Businesses
- Box - Box is offering 3 months free of its secure file sharing and collaboration platform. The offer is for the company's Business plan and includes unlimited storage, mobile access, and advanced user and security reporting.
- Comcast - Internet Essentials is a Comcast-funded program that is offering an additional two months of free internet and increased speeds for low-income households.
- ConvertKit - ConvertKit has established a Creator's Fund for creators struggling to meet basic needs.
- Educational Resources - Kids stuck at home and need to learn? This is a mega-list of hundreds of educational companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.
- Google Cloud - Google is expanding features of Hangouts Meet, its video conferencing platform, for current customers through July 1st, 2020. Customers can now host larger meetings with up to 250 participants, live stream to 100,000 viewers, and save recordings to Google Drive.
- HoneyBook - HoneyBook has compiled an extensive collection of relevenat business & government resources.
- Microsoft Teams - Microsoft is offering 6-months free of Microsoft Teams, a unified communication and collaboration platform. Starting on March 10th, restrictions will be lifted on how many users can join a team or schedule video calls.
- Loom - Loom is offering an expanded free version on it's popular screen and video recording platform.
- Postable - Postable has free domestic stamps throughout March, if you want to send a letter to a loved one.
- US Small Business Administration - The USBA has a Covid-19 homepage, listing loans, assistance, and government resources for affected small business owners.
- Zoho - Zoho is offering its Remotely product line for free to all new customers until July, 1st 2020. Zoho Remotely is a suite of cloud applications that helps teams collaborate and communicate.
- Zoom - Zoom continues to offer it's always-free video conferencing application.
Stay safe! ♥️