COVID-19:

"How-To" Information, Discounts, Freebies, and Other Resources
to help your Business Weather the Storm

There is so much information about COVID-19,

I have put together some information I thought would be helpful.

As always, I’m here to offer any guidance you need on concerns about your business and business continuity.

This too we shall overcome!

Remote Collaboration Tools:

Video Conferencing

Need to Stay in Touch? Try One of These Videoconferencing Apps

Zoom: www.zoom.us

Zoom is a video conferencing tool for virtual meetings and hangouts. It can be used for work and to live stream things like classes while we’re all in self-isolation. Like Skype or FaceTime, Zoom allows you to see the users in a chat face-to-face, on a phone, tablet, or computer.

Slack Instant Messaging: www.slack.com

Slack lets you have individual chats with co-workers, create groups for particular sections or topics within your team, and also maintain message history. The free version has limitations in terms of searchable message history and the number of apps you can link to your Slack team. Despite this, it's a functional, feature-filled option to ensure that you stay online and connected even away from the office.

Create Your Own Chat Group Via Slack. Read More...

Microsoft Teams: Teams across the globe are moving to remote work.

Microsoft aims to keep teams connected while they work apart by making Microsoft Teams available to as many people as possible. Teams allow you to chat, meet, call, and collaborate all in one place.

https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/work-remotely

Free Microsoft TEAMS Training

Bigger Brains has moved their Teams training over to YouTube as a resource for companies who need to learn collaboration in a hurry.

https://getbiggerbrains.com/coronavirus-help-free-microsoft-teams-training/

5 Steps To Rise Above The Fear Of COVID-19 And Focus On Growing Your Business

Step #1: Communicate Often.
Step #2: Be a Valuable Resource.
Step #3: Lean on People.
Step #4: Be MORE Than a Businessperson.
Step #5: Be Informed But Not Obsessed.

Read More...

Here’s How the Exposure Notification System from Apple and Google Protects Your Privacy

Apple recently released iOS 13.5, incorporating a new Exposure Notification API in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve seen a few people freaking out about this, but seriously, calm down, folks.

Audiovisual Tips for Better Videoconferencing

Whether for work or socializing, we’re all spending a lot more time in video calls these days. But—surprise!—it turns out that many of our group video calls could be more pleasant, less embarrassing, and overall better if we follow a few basic audiovisual tips.

Tips for Setting Up a Comfortable and Effective Home Work Space

Vast numbers of people who previously reported for work at an office every day are now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s sensible, and if you’re included in that group, there was probably even a little thrill of “I get to work from home!” at first. But as those who have telecommuted for years know, it’s not as simple as settling down on the couch with your laptop. Here are a few tips.

How To Get Financial Relief

The SBA is offering small business loans at very low rates. Here’s where you can apply: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

Certain states are offering assistance to small businesses, but it varies by state. Here’s a link to the National Governor’s Association where you can see what relief your state is offering: https://www.nga.org/governors/addresses/

Working from Home Temporarily

Free ebook from our Friends at Take Control Books!

We’re in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. In the middle of a global viral outbreak, you were told or asked to work from home—and you’ve never or rarely had to be productive where you live before. What to do?

Preparing Your Organization for a Possible COVID-19 Quarantine

As of this writing, the respiratory disease COVID-19 has caused nearly 3000 deaths and infected over 80,000 people worldwide. There are relatively few cases in North America currently, but that could increase significantly. For high-quality information about COVID-19, turn to the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 pandemic is a life-changing global crisis that has already killed thousands of people, overwhelmed hospitals, and devasted daily life for entire populations, along with crippling businesses, incomes, institutions, and the global economy. Yet, it had barely begun, as of March 11, 2020, and it will explode in the weeks and months ahead with untold consequences. Here's carefully selected and frequently updated information about it.

CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY LOANS Small Business Guide and Checklist

These loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

Advice for Successful Online Schooling

In a normal year, most kids would be back in school by now. But the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many schools to offer online instruction, and many families are now settling into a remote back-to-school arrangement. We’ve provided some advice on working from home in previous posts, but what about schooling from home? Here are some suggestions.