- Last updated:
- 02 Apr 2020
Many businesses are having to change the way they do business, with more outlets going online, using video for meetings and offering delivery. There are many new skills businesses owners and staff are having to learn quickly and many situations such as new HR and financial situations some business owners have not had to deal with before.
We have compiled a list of useful online conferencing platforms, teleconferencing options, local IT support providers and digital health solutions to assist you to get through these digital changes.
CCIQ has also compiled a guide to help you manage your workforce during the pandemic. It covers your obligations as an employer, how to work from home, scaling down or shutting down as well as FAQs and more.
Below we have gathered together some additional useful resources to help you and your staff up-skill, save you some time and assist you to get back to work or start your business recovery as soon as possible and as easily and stress-free as is possible at this unprecedented time.
If you know of other great resources, or would like to be added to our list, please let us know.
Google has a new web page to assist businesses during COVID-19, check it out.
If you are looking for some new ways to keep in touch with colleagues from home and to be able to work productively why not try some of these ideas.
- CCIQ has curated a list of free resources and discounted rates from software providers designed to help small businesses during the outbreak.
- The US Chamber suggests:
- Chat and messaging - Slack, Mattermost and Microsoft Teams
- Video conferencing - Zoom, Teams, Skype for Business, Join.me and Google Hangouts (free for non-profits until July)
- Project management - Trello, Basecamp, Asana, Airtable or Monday.com
- Cloud storage - Dropbox and Google Drive
- Productivity and time trackers - Toggl, Todoist and focus booster
- Computer support - Use TeamViewer if you need someone to assist you remotely to help you with IT issues on your home computer
- Future Learn has collated some additional useful tools to help you and your staff work remotely as well, so check them out.
- Remember to keep your passwords secure and up to date.
- Be careful of unsecured public wifi
- Make sure your antivirus is up to date
- Consider email encryption such as Mimecast for Microsoft Exchange
CCIQ has gathered together some useful workplace policies and templates to save you time on writing your own or searching around for the best ones.
- March 31 - Sunshine Coast Commercialisation and Growth Workshop - Innovate Queensland will be hosting a free two-hour virtual Commercialisation and Growth Workshop for the Sunshine Coast region, scheduled for March 31 at 1pm. This workshop is Government subsidised to businesses that are registered in Queensland, part of the $755 million Advance Queensland initiative.
- March 25 - Managing staff during uncertain times - Free Sunshine Coast webinar to support businesses and staff.
- Surviving Current Economic Challenges webinar by the Office of the Qld Chief Entrepreneur.
- TAFE Qld has a new free webinar series for businesses, covering topics such as managing cash flow, planning and strategies and they are also offering panel mentoring sessions.
Free online courses
- If you are a business still open to the public then you can do this free COVID-19 infection control course.
- If you or your employees are working remote or have some additional time available to them you might want to use it to gain some additional skills. LinkedIn is offering some free online courses that might help you with remote working.
- Some universities are also offering free online courses such as Griffith University and Open Universities so you can up-skill from home.
- FutureLearn has many great free courses you can do online, such as how to teach online, tackling COVID-19, collaborative working in remote teams, computer coding for everyone, decision making, creating a professional online presence and many more. These courses are offered by the likes of Leeds University and Institute of Coding.
- These Coursera classes for businesses are being extended during the outbreak.
- The UN has some COVID-19 online training courses.
- Physiotherapy courses to help in the pandemic, or you can learn maths or update your PhotoShop skills.
- Then there are some fun online classes, such as, cooking, yoga, language, coding and so much more.