I started drafting this blog post some time ago and then, of course, the Coronavirus struck – not me, but… well… everything else! I had to go away and rethink what content might be most useful during the current lock-down.
There’s small comfort coming out of Government for small businesses and self-employed people – I know some are ill-able to wait while the promised financial support comes through. For what’s (meant to be) available, this summary from my friends at Enterprise Nation may be useful https://www.enterprisenation.com/learn-something/small-business-coronavirus-support-budget.
There’s lots of non-financial support around and, personally, I think it’s a matter of identifying just one of two reliable sources to avoid information overload! Below I’ve highlighted a couple of items I’ve spotted recently:
Are you sitting comfortably? https://www.wired.co.uk/article/working-from-home-posture-back-pain?
If you’re running a business from home https://www.startupdonut.co.uk/hub/coronavirus-business-help
Free upcoming ‘lunch and learn’ webinars for small businesses https://www.enterprisenation.com/coronavirus-support/online-events
5 work from home tips https://www.hubbub.org.uk/5-work-from-home-tips
Advice from ACAS on rights and responsibilities https://www.acas.org.uk/working-from-home
Here are a couple of items around sustaining your wellbeing in the current climate….
At a more personal level, I hope you’re discovering ‘what works for you’ while staying at home. Most people I’ve spoken to find some sort of routine helpful, but I also try to build in some differences as well, otherwise one day is very much like another.
I find purposeful activity (such as combining a bit of shopping with a longer-than-normal walk) also rewarding. It’s also a good idea to focus on what you can control and avoid the rest.
For loads more resources to support small businesses, check out https://enterpriseessentials.wordpress.com/free-lunch-business-support
Go well, work well, and stay safe