COVID-19 Small Business Assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic has made running a business more challenging than it’s ever been. At Reckon we’re here to help with information, tips and resources to help you manage your small business during the crisis and into the recovery phase.

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JobKeeper Payments changes

With the lifeline having had a serious positive impact on small business’ ability to keep staff on the payroll, it’s encouraging to see the wage subsidy is sticking around. To date, the JobKeeper initiative has supported around 3.5 million Australians and 960,000 businesses. While still in play, there’ll be a reduction in payment amounts after September 2020, which needs to be folded into your business planning. Here’s the latest on the changes.

Victoria business closures & stage 4 lockdown

In a drastic move to limit the spread of COVID-19, Victoria has taken the unprecedented step of mandating a curfew in metropolitan Melbourne, enforcing strict movement limitations and announcing a vast host of business closures. Regional Victoria (under Stage 3 restrictions) will have slightly different rules from Melbourne (Stage 4), which will face stronger restrictions. Read the article for more information on how and when your business can operate.

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Balancing the new normal

As we move further into 2020, the COVID-19 crisis continues to dominate our personal and professional lives. The old way of working  and running a business to some degree may never return, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Think of it as an opportunity to drive change. Here’s some recent articles on how to adjust & change your business for the better!

Making sales during a pandemic >

Preparing your business for the future >

Should you change your business model?  >

Sole traders hardest hit & how to diversify >

COVID-19 Business Guide

The spread of COVID-19 has changed the world and your business is likely facing extreme challenges that are overwhelming to tackle. We’ve created this guide to arm you with practical information to protect and insulate your business through the pandemic.

How to look after yourself & your business

Remote working has it’s own set of challenges. From security to mental health, here’s our tips and advice on staying safe and healthy during the pandemic.

WFH security: How to protect your business.  Read more >

Beyond Blue’s new mental health service. Read more >

Tips for managing cash flow during COVID-19. Read more >

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How is the government helping?

The Australian Federal Government announced two fiscal stimulus packages designed to keep the economy running and provide financial relief to businesses with employees. Check out our blog post to see what your business is eligible for.

How to be productive from home

Many businesses have rolled out mandatory work-from-home policies amid the spread of COVID-19. So whether you’re a newbie or WFH veteran, here’s our two cents on what you can to do to stay productive…without going stir-crazy!

How to stay productive during during lockdown. Read more >

Working from home: How to stay sane indoors. Read more >

Top 4 productivity apps for small business. Read more >

The HR perspective throughout COVID-19

One of the major hits we’re experiencing during COVID-19 is job uncertainty, changes to employment, and the way we manage and administer employees. We’ll undoubtedly need to revamp the way we manage employees and to give some insight we chatted to Reckon’s HR Advisor, Pier Parmentier.

Take your business online

With COVID-19 restrictions forcing the population to stay home, people are purchasing more online. As a business owner, and where feasible, here are some tips on leveraging the opportunity of selling online.

How to start selling online? The beginners guide. Read more >

6 ways to promote your online store. Read more >

7 ways to support small businesses. Read more >

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