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Your Guide to COVID-19 Business Resources

We at business.com pledge to keep you as informed as possible on developments on the outbreak, in addition to offering you tools and suggestions to help you weather this unexpected downturn.

Latest in SMB News: Advice, Tips and Resources

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8 Strategies for Managing Your Remote Team
By Dr. Cindy McGovern | September 25, 2020

Managing a remote team requires a different strategy from in-person leadership. Here are eight ways to get the most out of and be there for your remote team.

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How Your Life Experiences Can Inspire Your Business and Help It Grow
By Simone Johnson | September 25, 2020

Learn how Mixed Up Clothing owner Sonia Kang's multicultural background, nursing credentials, and flair for fashion both inspired and saved her business.

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Despite COVID-19 Challenges, Brighter Days Are Ahead for the Middle Market
By Nicole Fallon | September 24, 2020

According to a new report by KeyBank, COVID-19 has shaken middle market businesses, but they're surviving and, in many cases, getting back to a state of normalcy.

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COVID-19, Lawsuits, a Presidential Election and New Laws: Are Big Changes Coming to Business Liability Insurance?
By Dan Rafter | September 23, 2020

What will 2021 bring when it comes to business liability insurance?

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5 Ways To Bring on New Hires in the Age of COVID-19 Telecommuting
By Alison Gutterman | September 22, 2020

The process of onboarding new employees always needs refining, but that's especially true while working remotely during a pandemic.

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Thriving Beyond COVID-19: The New Marketing Model for Small Businesses
By Paxton Gray | September 21, 2020

The effects the pandemic has had on small businesses could be long-lasting. It's crucial to adopt a practical and forward-looking marketing strategy.

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Maintaining the Personal Touch Without In-Person Interaction: How Small Businesses Can Translate Their Business's Spirit Online
By Rich Rao | September 16, 2020

Here are four tips to differentiate your store and appeal to potential shoppers or stay top of mind with current customers.

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Can (or Should) You Raise Prices During COVID-19?
By Donna Fuscaldo | September 16, 2020

Supply shortages in higher demand and other pandemic-related expenses are causing some companies to raise prices during COVID-19. Should your business follow suit?

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself About Transitioning to a Fully Remote Office
By Mike Kappel | September 15, 2020

To reduce expenses, boost productivity and increase employee retention, consider taking your team fully remote.

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How to Transition to Long-Term Work From Home
By Kiely Kuligowski | September 15, 2020

Working from home has become the reality for many American workers. Here's how to transition into long-term remote work.

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Sell Your Team on Safety
By Dr. Cindy McGovern | September 11, 2020

​​​​​​​Your top job right now is to convince employees and customers to follow the rules.

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Yes, You Can Make a Digital Transformation Right Now. Here's How.
By Jeff Mazur | September 11, 2020

By reanalyzing your workforce, setting clear goals, encouraging adaptability, and focusing on data accessibility and availability, you can launch and sustain a quick-moving digital transformation.

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Workplace Stress and Anxiety After COVID-19
By Shawn Singh | September 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded existing workplace stress and anxiety. This article explains the primary causes of that stress and how to manage it in a post-COVID world.

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How to Manage Anxiety in the Workplace
By Shawn Singh | September 11, 2020

Work can be stressful, whether you work in a physical environment or remotely. These common stressors are experienced by professionals everywhere, and managing them is essential to work-life balance....

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Why Small Businesses Need to Digitize Documents
By Emily Watson | September 10, 2020

Learn about the benefits of digitizing your documents and how to do it.

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Mandatory Sick Leave Laws and How They Work
By Marisa Sanfilippo | September 09, 2020

Depending on the state you operate in, you may be required to provide paid sick leave for your employees.

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A Pathway to Reopening During COVID-19
By Matthew Loughran | September 01, 2020

Follow these steps for a safe and sustainable reopening.

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Should an Entrepreneur Act as a Registered Agent?
By Deborah Sweeney | September 01, 2020

What is a registered agent, and what do entrepreneurs need to know about acting as the point of contact between the state and their business?

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Mastering the Digital Handshake: Adapt Your Sales Pitch to Virtual Meetings
By Dr. Cindy McGovern | August 31, 2020

Selling during a virtual meeting involves different skills and more preparation than an in-person meeting.

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Distributed Workforces Are Here to Stay: How Companies Can Adapt
By Andrew Hoag | August 31, 2020

Whether you reopen your office or not, long-term changes from COVID-19 are inevitable. Listening to, engaging and empowering your employees is the key to making a remote-first culture work.

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Your Guide to Using Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers at Work
By Skye Schooley | August 27, 2020

Learn how to use non-contact infrared thermometers to check for fevers from a safe distance, keeping your employees and business safe from the coronavirus.

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How to Hire a Remote Team Member With Confidence
By Lesley Pyle | August 26, 2020

Is the prospect of hiring new team members daunting when you can't meet them in person? Follow these steps and tips to feel good about your choice.

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What Is COVID-19 Liability Protection, and How Can You Protect Your Business?
By Andrew Martins | August 26, 2020

As businesses reopen across America, how can your company avoid COVID-19 lawsuits?

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How to Be a Great Leader From a Distance
By Lesley Pyle | August 25, 2020

Here are the best practices leaders can use to manage remote and freelance workers for the best results.

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Free Time-Tracking Apps: What You'll Get, and What You'll Be Missing
By Marisa Sanfilippo | August 25, 2020

Free time tracking apps can track your employees' hours without adding a new expense to the balance sheet. Here's what to look for in a free app – and what you should only expect from paid apps.

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How Are American Small Businesses Really Doing?
By Joy Gendusa | August 24, 2020

Recently, I surveyed my small business owner clientele to see how they were faring through the pandemic. Here are some takeaways – and surprises – based on their answers.

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How Viable Is a Physical Office Space These Days?
By Andrew Martins | August 24, 2020

Thousands of businesses went from physical to virtual work environments since March because of COVID-19. What is the future of physical office spaces?

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Making Sure Your Walk Matches Your Talk
By J. Kevin McHugh | August 21, 2020

The leadership style that is the most effective at driving confidence and high performance, according to research, is servant leadership.

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How FinTechs Are Changing Small Business Lending Amid the Pandemic
By Chris Porteous | August 19, 2020

The small business lending space won't go back to its pre-pandemic configuration because a bumper crop of new highly-skilled fintech innovators are bringing new approaches to lending to the market.

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How to Team Up with Other Businesses to Tackle a Common Problem
By Andrew Martins | August 19, 2020

Learn how Blast Beat Network helps multiple online media outlets band together to boost their advertising power while rising to the challenge of serving a misunderstood audience.