COVID-19 Small Business Resources

Insights, guides, and entrepreneur stories on running a business in a world that’s dramatically changed (and continuing to evolve) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Analicia Honkanen - Photography During a Pandemic
Spotlight on Analicia Honkanen Photography

Photo credit: Laurel Smith Photography They say bad things happen in clusters. And for photographer Analicia Honkanen, that adage rings true. In March of this year, Analicia’s employer, a furniture company based outside Detroit, Michigan, declared...

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Helpful Topics and Guides In Response to COVID-19
How to cut expenses and manage cashflow
How to cut expenses and manage cashflow
Small businesses have shut down all across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of those remaining have seen massive losses in revenue. If you’re dealing with negative cash flow problems, you’re not alone. Actually, consider...
Sell more and limit exposure to germs using contactless payments methods
Sell more and limit exposure to germs using contactless payments methods
The coronavirus pandemic has created economic shockwaves around the world, and the long-term effects on the business landscape are still taking shape. The shelter-in-place orders that kept people out of public venues for over two months have also...
Paycheck Protection Program Extended to August 8th, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program Extended to August 8th, 2020
On the evening of Tuesday, June 30th, the US Senate voted unanimously to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through August 8th, 2020. That is a 5-week extension to the program. The PPP was introduced as a way for small businesses, as well...
Tips on Starting Your Own Online Store
Tips on Starting Your Own Online Store
In a very short period of time, the coronavirus pandemic is creating massive shifts in our economy and the way we work and live at large. In turn, we entrepreneurs are tasked with discovering ways to swiftly adapt and innovate. As you might imagine...
Setting Boundaries When Working from Home
Setting Boundaries When Working from Home
When I transitioned to freelancing full-time back in 2015, one of the first things I did was set up a makeshift home office in my dining room. Emphasis on “makeshift.” My workspace was a tiny corner of my kitchen. It was made up of a clunky laptop...
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Loan Forgiveness for Sole Proprietors
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Loan Forgiveness for Sole Proprietors
The PPP is a government loan program intended to help small businesses weather the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This post is going to focus on the PPP loan as it relates to and affects one-person operations such as 1099 contractors...
Azlo Business Foundry Project
Azlo Business Foundry Project
With historic levels of unemployment in the U.S. due to the pandemic, Azlo is stepping up to help. Enter the Azlo Business Foundry Project. The initiative was a response to the dramatic economic effect COVID-19 is having on people’s lives. If you...
PPP Loan Forgiveness FAQs
PPP Loan Forgiveness FAQs
If you secured a loan through the Payment Protection Program (PPP), getting your head around exactly how you might be able to get your loan forgiven is probably top of mind. To help Azlo customers navigate through the complexities of the PPP, on...
11 Ways to Bootstrap Your New Small Business When the Economy Is Down
11 Ways to Bootstrap Your New Small Business When the Economy Is Down
boot·strap /ˈbo͞otˌstrap/ verb gerund or present participle: bootstrapping Definition: get (oneself or something) into or out of a situation using existing resources. There’s a popular saying that “you need money to make money,” but that isn’t always...
How to Level Up Your Freelance Career Into A Small Business
How to Level Up Your Freelance Career Into A Small Business
When you transition from being an employee and into working as a freelancer, you develop a different perspective of time and money than you had before. When you’re an employee, potential is fixed. You make a certain amount of money per year in exchange...
What I Learned Helping Launch an Immersive Art Business During a Pandemic
What I Learned Helping Launch an Immersive Art Business During a Pandemic
My partner’s long-time dream of starting his own immersive art gallery came into fruition last fall. He had secured enough funding from investors and landed on a great space in LA’s Chinatown. The buildout phase went smoothly. Talented, dedicated...
How to Start an Affiliate Marketing Business
How to Start an Affiliate Marketing Business
If you've recently been laid off or gotten furloughed, or maybe you’re working part-time and stuck at home, now could be a perfect opportunity to start an affiliate marketing business. All you really need to get started is a computer, an internet...