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‘Be kind to yourselves’, small business ombudsman urges

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Small-business owners are being urged to be kind to themselves in these uncertain times, as My Business Health is expanded to feature a dedicated section for those struggling with the COVID-19 crisis.

My Business Health, a web portal designed to provide holistic support to small-business owners, now features a dedicated section for those struggling with the COVID-19 crisis.

The portal, built to help small businesses navigate the system, has been tailored to offer simple and practical information to help small businesses find their way through this difficult time.

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Combining the latest information on government support measures as well as assistance with employer obligations, finances, available government payments, loans and tax, My Business Health also groups a number of resources by leading mental health organisations.

“Small businesses are in a world of pain right now, with many forced to close their doors and others fighting to survive,” Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said.

“Many of these small-business owners will be too busy in their efforts to stay afloat to realise the toll it’s taking on their mental health.

“My Business Health offers simple and practical information to help small businesses find their way through this difficult time.”

Urging them to be kind to themselves, Ms Carnell advised small-business owners to find other ways to work on their business.

The ombudsman said: “Personally, I want the Australian small and family business community to know that despite these extraordinary challenges we are now facing, this is temporary and there will come a day when our lives and livelihoods return to normal.

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“My office will be working hard to ensure small businesses are supported throughout this difficult journey.”

Visiting My Business Health is an “excellent starting point”, she said.

“During the coming weeks and months, find ways to work on your business — consider the changes you can make to adjust to this new environment if possible — and be kind to yourselves. 

“Try to take time out for your wellbeing because your business ultimately depends on it.”

24-hour telephone support is available via Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of My Business. 

Maja has an extensive career as a journalist across finance, business and market intelligence. Prior to joining Momentum Media, Maja spent several years unravelling social, political and economic intricacies in Eastern Europe. 

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