The ASBFEO’s My Business Health web portal is helping small businesses emerge from hibernation as COVID-19 restrictions ease by offering an extensive array of help, including cash-flow tips and practical reopening tools.
“There’s never been a tougher time to be in business and it is understandable if some small-business owners are feeling overwhelmed right now,” Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said.
Recognising that the pandemic has changed so much in such a short amount of time, My Business Health aims to cater to small-business owners finding it difficult to stay on top of their obligations.
“My Business Health is a one-stop shop for state-by-state information about restrictions and COVID-Safe Plans,” Ms Carnell said.
“It includes links to relevant posters and signage for your workplace along with safe workplace checklists and grants available to reopening small businesses.”
There’s also information on free apps available, such as GuestTrack, for those small businesses that need to collect and store customer and visitor contact details in the event of a localised COVID outbreak.
“My Business Health also links through to leading mental health organisations’ resources, such as Beyond Blue’s dedicated coronavirus mental health support service and Ahead for Business,” Ms Carnell said.
“As small-business owners work around the clock to get back on their feet, they may not realise the toll it’s taking on their mental health.”
She urged business owners to ensure they’re kind to themselves.
“Over the coming weeks, it’s important to take time to be kind to yourself — your business depends on you being healthy. Help is available if you need it.”
Beyond Blue’s Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is now live at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.