For four weeks now, businesses and employees across the country have been doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing. Employers have been forced to adapt quickly to this operational shift as people transition to meeting with clients virtually and working from home. FFS has put together a list of resources and reading materials so both workers and managers alike can adjust to the new world smoothly and with minimal stress. Below you’ll find CDC guidelines, information on the CARES Act, help from the Small Business Association, and tips on working from home.
Running Your Business from Home
Read these articles for advice on how to make your business work virtually:
How Working Remotely Can Work for Your Insurance Agency
Thankfully, working from home was already increasing by 173% since 2005 before social distancing became the norm. AgencyBloc has good news from those who have done this before.
Virtual Events are Essential Marketing Tools for the Short and Long Term
Multibriefs offers some best practices for marketing your business virtually — all tools that you can use when we end the social distancing too.
Coronavirus advice: Astronauts’ tips to surviving self-isolation – ‘Just like the ISS’
Who better to give advice on self-isolation than a woman who’s been to space?
Forbes’ 10 Tips for Working from Home & NPR’s 8 Tips to Make Working from Home Work for You
Almost every publication has their version of working from home tips. These two from Forbes and NPR are good places to start.
Institutional Information and Relief
These pages will help you stay well-informed on governmental relief efforts and how they may help your business:
CDC Guide for Businesses & How the Treasury Department is Taking Action
It’s important to stay up-to-date with what the CDC and Treasury Department have to say about coronavirus relief. Here, the CDC covers what businesses can do to stay safe and prepared while the Treasury Department summarizes what the U.S. government is doing to help those who are impacted by the spread of the virus.
NASE’s Summary of CARES Act & The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
The National Association for the Self-Employed has been putting out indispensable resources in the wake of COVID-19. One of these documents summarizes the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in its entirety, while the other outlines how it could help your small business — both are essential reads.
Small Business Administration Local Assistance
The Small Business Association offers local assistance for anyone who wants to speak to someone about what they can do to help their business adapt.
For our agents, FFS continues to offer as much support, technology, and marketing materials as we did before the pandemic; we are committed to keeping our Home Office operations as unchanged as possible. Our Agent Services Department remains open for any agents with questions or concerns about running their business in these changing times.