Covid-19 updates

Keeping small business running now and in the future

As small businesses navigate their way through this next stage, they’re being faced with uncertainty. To help reveal a way forward, we’ve collected the latest trends, resources and stories to discover ways in which small businesses are being called on to adapt – so they can thrive into the future.

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Stronger and smarter handbook

Stronger and smarter: a small business handbook

What comes next for small business? We've created a practical guide made up of expert insights, advice, case studies and an exploration of the ten key trends that will define what it means to be a small business owner in the next stage of COVID-19. Get actionable tips to not only survive, but thrive.

Download the handbook

You'll receive the handbook in your inbox shortly.

Download the report

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Rebuilding Australia: the role of small business

Rebuilding Australia: the role of small business

We've commissioned Bernard Salt and The Demographics Group to prepare a report on how businesses will operate in the 'brave new world beyond lockdown', developing a broad narrative around the need for small business in particular to adapt to the new drivers of demand. 

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News just in

Below, you’ll find the latest on financial relief measures and programs designed to support businesses impacted by COVID-19 here in Australia.

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JobKeeper is changing - here's an update.

Understand the changes to the business eligibility criteria, subsidy payment amounts and key dates.
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Managing cash flow in tough times.

Tips on getting paid faster, delaying your own bills, dealing with the ATO and even raising your prices.
Read more.

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COVIDSafe return to work regulations.

If your business is able to begin reopening the government has proposed a detailed set of regulations to adhere to. Read more.

MORE HELPFUL LINKS
COVID-19 loans. 
Learn more.

STP and JobKeeper FAQs.
Read blog.

Unpack the JobKeeper stimulus.
Watch video.

ATO resources
COVID-19 hub
JobKeeper payments

 

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Returning to work resources

When businesses are able to start reopening their doors to customers, it's important to understand the Safe Work guidelines. We've created a host of resources to help you visualise how the guidelines apply to your business.

Read the blog

Download the playbook

Watch 5 min video

Retail clothing store

Download retail plan

Cafe or restaurant

Download cafe plan
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Mental health support

Coronavirus is changing the way we live and work, and this brings a range of emotions, including uncertainty - that's why we're a proud partner with Beyond Blue.

The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service delivered by Beyond Blue provides everyone in Australia with mental health information and support 24/7. Visit coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.

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Dealing with the financial impact of being out of work 

If you have lost your job recently, there are steps you can take to restructure your finances to help you to manage your funds and smooth the transition period.

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How to support employees during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting small business owners, senior leaders and managers with unprecedented challenges and many difficult choices.

Read article

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How business owners and managers can manage their mental health

Whether your business has closed or is still operating, here are some strategies to help you through the toughest of times.

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Not Alone with Marc Fennell

We’re proud to support Beyond Blue’s first-ever podcast series, ‘Not Alone’ where everyday Australians talk about their mental health journey to help you with yours. 

Listen to podcast

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Boss moves from the community

Boss moves come in all shapes and sizes. We're heroing some of the small businesses in our community who have made a pivot with their business to survive through COVID-19.

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Look at scheduling apps that you can use to book in video consultations with clients so you can continue delivering your service but in other ways.

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Think about your business community and ways you can support and promote them. If you're in retail look to eccomerce and how you can take your business online.

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If you've had to move your business to online classes, think beyond your core product to wellbeing for when your customers need a break from everything and to support their mental health.

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If there's still demand for your service but you can't satisfy it face to face, research tools that can help you deliver it online.

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Visit Xero Central for tools to help your business get through unforeseen disruptions. Register for upcoming webinars, find business and mental health resources, and connect with the Xero community to share your experience. 

We'll continue to add useful resources and information so keep checking in.

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Running a small business has always been a rollercoaster, but this latest challenge is the biggest dip yet.

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