Covid-19 has certainly caused a stir for everyone, so we’ve gathered some of the best industry resources from various official sources and key people, to help you navigate your business, clients, and self at this unprecedented time. We’ve put together everything from templates to calculation spreadsheets, marketing support to tech discounts, free training, and general country-specific resources. And the best bit? They are all FREE or heavily discounted. So, have a look through and find a resource that will be useful for you
CRISIS TRAINING & MENTAL HEALTH
With the amount of information that’s out there, it can be overwhelming going through everything. That’s why this training busts myths and gives some educating facts about the virus. So you will definitely feel more confident and educated about the virus and how to respond to it. It’s free and worth doing. Plus, you get a certificate.
Mental Health Help – FREE
Here is a great list of support centres, phone lines, and community forums to manage your mental health, cope with grief, and prevent suicide. We are in this together. Please reach out and use these lifelines!
Fast Track Pandemic Crisis Management – Special
This is a Business Continuity Planning Methodology package. Simplified so that small to medium sized businesses and organisations can plan and get a Pandemic Crisis Team together quickly without needing specialised consultants. This will be best suited to companies of 10+ team and larger enterprises.
Info sheet to help you manage any changes to daily life as a result of containment measures for COVID-19.
Master Your Mind Meditation Course – Special
Simple, practical, life-changing courses on Focus & Meditation delivered via the Dandapani app. It’s well worth it, irrespective of your environment. Learning these tools would be invaluable.
TOOLS, TEMPLATES & CALCULATORS
Given the importance of cash flow in times like this, companies should immediately develop a treasury plan for cash management as part of their overall business risk and continuity plans. Here is a ATO Cashflow Assistance Calculator that can help.
The Australian Government and banking institutions have united to assist small businesses weather economic uncertainty. This live document will monitor and keep track of all the grants, tax breaks, and assistance packages available to Australian Small Businesses.
With no end in sight, it’s sure to be a welcome relief for those who’ve been calling for a lifeline. But what do the new measures actually mean? And who is set to benefit? This resource material will break it down for you.
Be practically prepared for the impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on your workplace with the following workplace policies and templates. Normally valued at $420, you’ll receive this entire pack for free.
When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Through these hard times, you need a business continuity plan so your customers do not defect to the competition. This kit contains a stack of useful guides and editable templates you can utilise for your business.
5 Ways Profit Matrix – FREE
Follow this formula and turn your business into a profit-producing cash cow by improving five important areas of your operations. You can use this tool on your clients or with your own business.
Cybersecurity will always be relevant, however even more so appreciated now! We recommend downloading this for a firm-wide remote work guideline to ensure your team is secure when working from home.
Here you can find best practices, tools, and a self-assessment that will help protect your business from interruptions, emergency response, and develop plans to minimise downtime.
REPORTS & WEB EVENTS
ATO – COVID-19 Resources & Incentives Visual Graphic (Updated as at 31 March 2020) – FREE
A visual representation on all the government incentives that help support our small businesses and economy.
Download updated PDF with hyperlinks here.
You can get ALL the FREE event recordings, visual speaker summaries, books, assessments, and more great giveaways in this one.
“Conquer the Crisis: Emergency Event for SMEs to Survive & Thrive in the Time of COVID-19” was designed to give all small business owners the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources to fight this battle head-on.
Whatever role you carry out in the accountancy and finance profession, you can make a difference in this current crisis. This report considers the implications of the digital quotient, based upon interviews and round tables conducted with ACCA members and other interested parties. As well, it includes results of a survey of 4,264 accountancy and finance professionals globally, including members, affiliates, and students.
Cashflow Boost Summary – FREE
Struggling to wrap your mind around the new Cashflow Boost for Employers? This graphical summary may assist in distilling the key concepts.
Job Keeper Payment – FREE
The JobKeeper payment is intended to provide wage subsidies to businesses that are significantly affected by COVID-19.
List of Software Specials for Business – Special
Sholto Macpherson, Digital First
A comprehensive list of software specials (usually 3 months free) to help businesses keep trading through the lockdown and after. It is a free page of resources, collected from various locations and through requests to software companies.
Tech Stack Transition Support – Special
Clarity Street is helping accounting firms in this time of crisis to transition from their desktop/server-based software into cloud-based applications. They’re offering a trimmed-down version of their discovery for $1000+GST, usually valued at $4500+GST! Get in touch to get this offer.
An extended free trial access to Float. This can help you forecast your cash flow and plan for those crucial ‘what if’ scenarios.
An extended free trial access to Float. This can help you forecast your cash flow and plan those crucial ‘what if’ scenarios.
With this, you can connect to your cloud accounting package, pull in all your reconciled chart of accounts, then quickly review and include/exclude expected income/outgoings. You’ll then then have a live day-by-day visual cashflow forecast and can quickly create and compare scenarios. And it’s all LIVE as Float is constantly fed. Go here to see their Covid19 support.
For Accountants and Auditors who want to automate their SMSF process using a risk-free, remote, and safe online solution, that can be managed by partners or team members alike. The software already saves 50% time on SMSF Preparation and/or Auditing processes. On top of that, they are now offering 3 months free subscription in support of requirements around upcoming deadlines, efficiency blocks, team transparency, and remote working.
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. Watch this space as the offer becomes available.
Office365 Teams FREE for 6 months – Special
Lower Limits & Prices with Loom – Special
2 months free: Adobe Creative Cloud – Special
- Log onto your creative cloud account.
- Cancel your plan.
- Go through the cancellation steps (an offer will appear during your account cancellation).
- Accept the offer and you’ll receive 2 months free!
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Hunt & Hawk
Maintain your business presence with an essentials package, inclusive of completely customised materials and tailored-to-your-brand voice and messaging at half the price.
Marketing Automation Solutions – Special
See how HubSpot Solutions is responding to coronavirus and the Economic Downturn.
Hunt & Hawk
A compilation of the most effective lead generation methods that you can implement. Because even though times are tough, now is NOT the time to stop.
An array of resources and tips for managing outsourced engineering, mining, and construction teams and boosting overall productivity. As well, this resource material includes first-class facilities in the Philippines to help recruit, house, and manage your own team of Planners, Estimators, Surveyors, Drafters, Admin Support, and more.
The Outsourced Accountant
Free checklists, outsourcing strategy guides, and plans on setting up offshore Accounting & Business Administration operations. The Outsourced Accountant is a leader in the industry for managing your outsourced Accounting team members.
A guide for employees, employers, and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
This guide sets out details of eligibility and delivery of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).
Policy paper on what the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and what it plans to do next.
Relief Resources for SMBs – FREE
A list of all the the Federal & State/Local resources available and links to apply.
Find out what the US Federal Government is doing in response to Covid-19.
“Coping With Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety”.
GENERAL COVID-19 INFO
An Honest Government Ad (for people with humour, comes with a warning)
So… while it can be a challenge, let’s embrace and adapt to our new normal. We have to. So much will be lost, changed, and learnt over the coming months. But through the rollercoaster of stress and emotions, we’re already seeing a lot of creativity and new business ideas come to fruition.
Pause, take a deep breath, and make some time to map your own plan.
This message was proudly brought to you from home isolation. Stay safe, stay sane!
PS: We’ll update this list as we go, feel free to email through other beneficial resources & we’ll add them!