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Resources for sole traders in times of coronavirus

Business tips, Holvi-centric · 19/03/20 21:10 · Daniel McLeod

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Coronavirus has rapidly become a global issue. Along with the health risks it presents, society is currently struggling with unprecedented concerns. Sole traders across the world face a new, very real challenge: how to keep their business going in today’s climate. With the prospect of difficult months ahead, we’ve compiled a list of credible and up-to-date information to help you navigate the upcoming changes.

At Holvi, we understand the fear and confusion coronavirus puts on sole traders. Now more than ever, you might feel like you’re alone in your business venture. We want to reassure you that you’re not. Throughout this ongoing situation, we’ll do our best to help you stay connected, informed and optimistic about the future.

Please note that this is a live situation and this blog is written according to the guidelines around what’s happening at the date of publication.

 

Where can I find up-to-date information?

We know it’s not easy, but help is on the way. The UK Government is bringing in fiscal measures to mitigate the negative economic effects of COVID-19. Considering that 99% of businesses in the UK are small to medium enterprises, it’s important these businesses have somewhere they can go for reliable advice.

Here are the best sources of up-to-date information for sole traders and small business owners, to help you navigate the current situation.

 

 

Gov.UK is continually updating its online resources as new information arises. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Association for Independent Professionals and Self-Employed (IPSE) are two powerful voices representing UK freelancers and small business owners to the Government. Along with Holvi, both organisations are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.

 

What help is coming for UK sole traders?

You can find information on upcoming financial support in the Government’s official guidance above. Just like finances, though, this advice can sometimes be confusing. Holvi will be sifting through information as it comes in and turning it into digestible, informative chunks aimed specifically at UK sole traders. 

At Holvi, we’re also in touch with what coronavirus means to our users in practice. On top of the urgent reality of adapting your business plans, there are a number of softer challenges businesses will face. These include struggles with mental health, managing a team and dealing with the social loss that comes from not seeing your co-workers (or co-working space companions) every day. In fact, we’re already feeling this ourselves.

Throughout the upcoming months, we’ll be sharing tips and strategies for coping with all aspects of running a small, independent business in the times of coronavirus. While we aren’t a news source, we want to provide a place you can visit to learn, reflect positively and grow inspired.

 

Holvi is continuing its high level of service

On an optimistic note, although Holvians (what we call our employees) are also feeling the strain, we’re doing our best not to add to your problems. Our focus is on maintaining our high level of service so you can concentrate fully on adapting to the new business environment.

We’re monitoring developments around the clock and acting in accordance with the most current guidance from global health authorities. We’ve also established a crisis team and contingency plan to minimise disruption to business operations and continue offering you our support.

 

Phone support temporarily suspended

Since day-care centres and schools are now closed, Holvi parents are faced with the challenge of working and providing childcare at the same time.

After careful consideration, we’ve decided this isn’t the right working environment for delivering our high standard of phone support. Therefore, we’ve shifted focus onto our live chat and email support. This makes life easier for the parents on our team – and their families – while allowing us to maintain our usual high level of support.

We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please know that we’re still doing everything we can to answer all your questions in a timely manner – only now in a different way under these special circumstances. Let’s get through these difficult times together.

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