COVID-19 Resources to Help Small Businesses Adapt, Survive, and Thrive
Struggling to keep your business open during lockdown? Or perhaps you are struggling to prepare your small business for when the lockdowns have ended? These are just some of the challenges facing small business owners as the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold and impact the economy. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all these challenges and changes, but there are resources available for stressed-out business owners — including the ones outlined below, courtesy of Osuji & Smith Corporate and Business Lawyers in Calgary.
COVID-19 Business Resources
Knowing which rules to follow and which changes to make can be confusing for consumers and small business owners, but the right resources can help you figure things out.
- Here are Government of Canada recommendations for organizations, small businesses, and employers.
- Use these expert business tips for adapting to COVID-19 changes.
Financial Tools for Small Business
Making the necessary changes to your business practices can require an initial investment, which is why you may need to seek financial help for your small business.
- Check out some federal relief programs aimed at helping small businesses.
- Review financial advice and business tips from online business guides.
- Find free resources to help businesses with financial and other concerns.
Hiring Resources for Small Business
Whether you need to hire more staff for deliveries or to help with marketing strategies, you may need a few tools for keeping your hiring safe and efficient.
- Utilize online job boards to find freelancers, including search engine marketing (SEM services) experts to help market your business.
- Learn about some video interview tips to conduct safe interviews while social-distancing.
- Find online resources and guides to help onboard and train new employees safely.
Updates for Small Business Spaces
If you’re looking for constructive ways to pass the time while COVID restrictions are in place, consider completing updates to give your business a fresh look.
- Consider a move to a smaller, larger, or more profitable location.
- Upgrade your brick-and-mortar location by adding affordable carpet.
Tech Tools to Help With COVID-19 Changes
Updating tech is another simple step to ensuring your business can adapt to COVID-19 challenges and changes, including using tech tools.
- Use automated customer counters to meet state/local occupancy restrictions.
- Find safe checkout tools, including contactless payment options for customers.
- Set up delivery and pickup options for your small business website.
There has never been a year quite like 2020 in terms of operating a small business, and COVID-19 has likely changed the way we will be doing business in the months and years ahead. Many of those changes will likely be more permanent, so make sure you have the information, tools, and help you need to keep up with changes and keep your business open.
If you have any legal questions or concerns about your business, Osuji & Smith Business and Corporate Lawyers can help. Get in touch with us today by calling 403-283-8018 or book a consultation online.
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