My Business Health updated with practical info to ease pandemic distress
My Business Health, a web portal designed to provide holistic support to small business owners, now features a dedicated section for those struggling with the COVID-19 crisis.
Inundated with distressing stories of small businesses decimated by the ripple-effects of coronavirus, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has urged business owners to be kind to themselves.
My Business Health now offers simple and practical information to help small businesses find their way through this difficult time.
“Small businesses are in a world of pain right now, with many forced to close their doors and others fighting to survive,” Ms Carnell said.
“Many of these small business owners will be too busy in their efforts to stay afloat to realise the toll it’s taking on their mental health."
The web portal also includes the latest information on government support measures as well as assistance with employer obligations, finances, available government payments, loans and tax. There are also a number of resources by leading mental health organisations such as Beyond Blue, Lifeline and Everymind that deal with the impact of COVID-19 specifically.
“Personally, I want the Australian small and family business community to know that despite these extraordinary challenges we are now facing, this is temporary and there will come a day when our lives and livelihoods return to normal," Ms Carnell said.
“My office will be working hard to ensure small businesses are supported throughout this difficult journey."
She advised business owners to try and find ways to work on their business over the coming weeks and months, and to consider the changes they can make to adjust to this new environment.
"And be kind to yourselves,” said Ms Carnell.
“Try to take time out for your wellbeing because your business ultimately depends on it. Visiting My Business Health is an excellent starting point.”