Small Business and Self-Employed Support in the Face of COVID-19
30th March 2020
As students setting up your own businesses, we understand
that the current situation may prove to be frustrating for many of you. Its
important to remember that you’re not going through this alone, and that many
other startup founders are facing the same feelings of frustration and
confusion as they aim to navigate this difficult time. Luckily, the government
have recognised how COVID-19 will have a huge impact on small businesses and
the self-employed, and have stepped in to provide temporary measures of support
and financial aid.
Not all of these may be relevant to you, however they’re
worth looking into to see if you could benefit from some of the support on
We recognise also that some of you may be too early-stage to
seek financial support, and are still building your business before reaching
the point of trade. Support is available for you too.
have created a platform that is enabling tech founders to come together to
learn, connect, and grow through mentorship, lightening talks, and key-note
speakers. They have partnered with numerous organisations such as Google,
Enterprise Ireland, Ulster Bank, and Facebook to deliver a free service that
will motivate you to use this period in a productive way. This initiative is
held on Fridays and is called ‘First Fridays for Startups.’ The next one is
taking place virtually on the 3rd of April. Find out more and apply
for mentorship here.
Facebook have launched an initiative that is providing
courses for businesses to help founders learn how to best minimize disruption
during uncertain times. These courses are focused around how to use various
social media channels to connect with your customers and sell your product
remotely. Find them here.
released a number of free tools and methodologies online. Their Coronavirus
(COVID-19) Best Practices are diverse models, templates, methodologies and
sets of advice to put into practice during the crisis. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Business Best Practices will help you minimise the negative impact that the
virus outbreak might have on your professional activity. They will also provide
you with means to quickly adapt to the changing situation.
Leapers.co is an
online community providing support to freelancers and the self-employed,
offering tangible resources, guides, and mental health initiatives to make your
life that bit easier. We believe that Leapers is a great thing to be involved
in if you are feeling overwhelmed or isolated under the pressure of the current
We also strongly encourage you to get onto LinkedIn,
Facebook, and Twitter to interact with your network and discover the range of
free webinars, podcasts, and business tools that are currently on offer. The
business and startup community are really pulling together at this time to help
each other out, and so this is a great time to connect with like-minded
individuals and learn from professionals in your field.
Finally, the Enterprise SU Team are fully available for
1-2-1 support over email or Skype, and are happy to help. Whether you want to
talk COVID-19, bounce some ideas off us, or ask some general questions about
your startup, we’re here to support you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a