Keeping small business running now and in the future

Here’s help to understand government support options, learn new skills, take business online, or work remotely.

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Information and resources

We’ve pulled together the information and resources to help guide you through these times.

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Why kindness is now a business trend (and possibly a big one)

The #buylocal movement sprung up on social media at the beginning of 2020, which was nice to see. But we wanted to measure how strongly consumers really felt about that sentiment. So we asked them how much they cared about small businesses. The answers might just give you the warm fuzzies.

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Customers want small businesses to digitally transform with them

Brett Grossfeld, Product Marketing Manager at Salesforce, discusses a survey conducted by Salesforce to learn how customers felt about small businesses and what they want to see from them. As it turns out, small businesses aren’t the only ones going through digital transformation.

The owners of a shoe shop, a music store, and a bakery at work in their neighbouring premises.

The Next Chapter for Small Business study

To find out more about the impact of the pandemic on small businesses we commissioned a study, The Next Chapter for Small Business, by Forrester Consulting. Find out how small businesses around the world have reacted to Covid-19, how they’ve managed business continuity, and key recommendations for the future.

More resources

Tune in to educational content

Join one of our webinars or watch a video for updates on government assistance and tips for your business.

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Digital marketing for small business

This video series is designed to help you grow your online presence and learn the fundamentals of digital marketing to extend your current reach.

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Xero firsts

Learn how to add a new user in Xero, add a bank account, create a quote and more in this series of videos that walk you through some first time tasks in Xero.

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Video skills for small business

We've put together this video series to help you create professional-looking video content to connect and engage with your audience anywhere, anytime. Learn about the impact of video in a digital space, engagement techniques, and how to speak on camera with confidence.

Customer stories

Inspiration from across the globe

In times like these, we could all use a little inspiration. This video series highlights the strength and resilience of our partners and business owners.

Amy Young of Orenda Tribe, Tony Jimenez of Joi Nutbase, Chad Davis of LiveCA, and Alexandra Dawes of Virtual CFO Solutions.

Amy Young, Tony Jimenez, Chad Davis and Alexandra Dawes

If you’d like to participate in our staying-at-home stories, you can submit your story here.

Business continuity hub

Running your business

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.

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More helpful resources

Working with Microsoft 365

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In an era of remote everything, you need your team to stay connected and productive even when they work apart. Set up your business for remote work with Microsoft 365. Chat, meet, call, and collaborate all in one place with Microsoft Teams, and get access to 1TB of cloud storage (per user) plus familiar Office apps including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Find more information at our small business resource center.

Mental health and wellbeing

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Xero cares about the mental health of our customers. Recently we conducted a survey of 1000 professionals in Canada to find out more about wellbeing and work-life balance when working from home. See the results in this infographic.

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