LAST UPDATED: 16 September 2020
We’re assembling and updating helpful resources to help you and your business through the difficulties of 2020.
This post will continue to be updated as we find new resources. If you’ve found something useful that’s not already listed, please share it in the comments section and we’ll bring the best suggestions live as we can.
Victorian State of Emergency
Our thoughts are with our Victorian friends and colleagues amidst their second lockdown period. The Victorian Government have outlined their roadmap for re-opening.
Below is a list of links to assist with the next step for Victorian business owners including information relevant to the NSW/Victorian border small business support grants.
COVID Safe Plan – Information and Resources in relation to business
COVID Safe Plan Template
Restrictions Definitions Overview and Guide
Southern border small business support grant – NSW Govt
Grants of $5000 and $10,000 are available to support small businesses impacted by the closure of the NSW and Victoria border. (Note: Applications close at 11.59pm 18 October 2020)
Victorian Business Resilience Package
Grants for small and medium-sized business available as well as a Sole Trader Support Fund, adaptation grants and tax waivers and deferrals.
Template for submission to local Government member
A simple letter format and wording for customising to assist in making a submission to your local Government member.
Australian Government Economic Response to COVID-19 – Support for You
The Government’s economic support package has provided much-needed support to affected workers, businesses (including the self-employed), not-for-profits and the community in general.
Of particular interest is the news of a 6-month extension to JobKeeper Payments, which will take adjusted economic support (for those eligible) right through to 28 March 2021. Originally it was to end late September 2020.
JobKeeper Payment – Extended
The extension to the JobKeeper Payment scheme is welcome news to many, especially those already accepted into the scheme.
Announced 21 July and detailing a further 6 months of payments, the proposed changes will see financial support originally scheduled to conclude 27 September 2020, extended out to 28 March 2021.
The Treasury explains eligibility for payment extension:
“From 28 September 2020, businesses and not-for-profits seeking to claim JobKeeper payments will be required to reassess their eligibility for the JobKeeper extension with reference to their actual turnover in the June and September quarters 2020.
Businesses and not-for-profits will need to demonstrate that they have met the relevant continuing decline in turnover test in both of those quarters to be eligible for JobKeeper from 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021.”
The current $1500 fortnightly payment for eligible employees will reduce to $1200 per fortnight from 28 September to 3 January 2021, and down to $1000 per fortnight between 4 January and 28 March 2021.
Full details can be found in the JobKeeper Payment extension fact sheet:
Back on 30 March this year the government announced the then $130 billion JobKeeper payment to help employees (and the self-employed) stay financially afloat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible applicants have received a flat $1500 fortnightly payment, representative of around 70 percent of the median wage.
This includes employers, employees (inc. sole traders), and business participants such as a partner, adult beneficiary of a trust, or a shareholder in or director of a company.
“[JobKeeper] will keep Australian workers connected with their employer and provide hope and more certainty during these difficult and challenging times.”– Prime Minister, Scott Morrison
If you haven’t already, you can enrol for the JobKeeper Payment at any time prior to the program concluding (as at July 2020 the scheme is scheduled to conclude 28 March 2021.)
Original JobKeeper legislation was passed back on 8 April 2020.
The Australian Government and ATO have put together full details and step-by-step instructions for sole traders here:
From 1 March – 30 June those working from home will be able to claim a flat rate of 80 cents per hour for their running expenses, rather than needing to calculate and lodge specific running costs (or using the 52 cents per hour method.)
The shortcut has been implemented to help those working from home for the first time and so the requirement to have a dedicated home work space has also been removed.
Multiple people under the same roof can make the shortcut claim.
More information from on the ATO’s working from home tax shortcut can be found HERE and specific info for employees working from home HERE.
Looking for succinct state-by-state COVID-19 support measures information paired with professional advisor/accountant comment? Check out the summary provided by SA based company Bentley’s.
The AIPP also put together a concise list of important national and state-by-state key links to help provide you with up to date information from the relevant Federal and State Governments as well as local Councils, MPs and law enforcement agencies. You can access it HERE.
It’s a difficult time for many. Please reach out if you need someone to talk to.
“Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak .” Let’s face it, 2020 has isn’t panning out well thus far. Anxiety, distress and concern are completely understandable and even commonplace. Beyond Blue’s advice has plenty to benefit everyone.
Counselling support for Australians with complex mental health issues is offered by Sane and available via phone, webchat and email between Monday – Friday from 10AM – to 10PM.
Hygiene and Infection Control
Sound Hygiene for COVID-19: On behalf of APVP, this article details (and links you to) an online living document package detailing best practice protocols for safely operating film sound services to mitigate the possibility of infection between talent and crew.
Lensrentals have written a great guide out of the USA on disinfecting camera equipment.
Personal and Professional Development
Now is the perfect time to partake in some personal and professional development.
The AIPP has a bunch of great on-demand video resources for you in the members-only dashboard including dozens of recordings of keynote and speaker presentations at events such as Hair of the Dog, The Event, and The Chemistry of Connection by Jesh De Rox . Other speakers include Stephen Dupont, Jerry Ghionis, Kelly Brown, Rocco Ancora, Chairmaine Heyer, Peter Rossi, Shireen Hammond, Ryan Schembri, Bernie Griffiths and many more.
You can watch a best-of collection of Nikon Live Tech Talks, featuring some 10+ hours of world-renowned imaging and filmmaking professionals sharing their experience of using Nikon gear to tell their stories.
Tune into a free class at Creative Live including their full range of health and wellness courses streaming around the clock for a limited time. Business, photography, videography, marketing, sales, life, health, finance…you name it, they’ve got it. (And something is generally always streaming for free regardless so tune in any time, COVID-19 pandemic or not!)
Adjustments, Deals and Freebies
Many companies are adjusting their rates and offering free or discounted services, education products and memberships in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thinking it might be a good time to consider if and how you can bring your business online? Sign up for the free mini course by The Design Space to start your wheels turning. Topics covered include: adding a store to your site, selling vouchers online, selling prints online, and adding a course to your website,
Looking to up your video game on social media, your website, emails and/or blog? Wave.Video offers a thousand professionally designed drag-and-drop video templates that scale across all platforms. They’re currently offering 25 percent off the first year of your annual plan. Find out more HERE.
Photography business tools are currently on sale for 30% off at Design Aglow. Use code: PTOGEDU for business education products e.g. virtual and in-person product sales, pricing, upselling, headshots, studio policies etc. Buy-one-get-one sale also happening on studio policy guides (code: BOGOSSG.)
Fancy 90 days of free online data protection? Check out Retrospect and choose either of their backup options: server or desktop. Use this link to register or use the coupon code COVID in their online store. All backups can be restored, even if you cancel your subscription down the track.
The world’s largest producer and provider and producer of spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks has said that as long as schools are closed, they’re open. So the little ones, tweens and teens in your life have free access to an array of audiobooks to help pass the time and keep their imaginations alight.
Thinking of changing tack or starting a new side hustle? Entrepeneur, blogger and podcaster, Pat Flynn, (of Smart Passive Income fame) is offering his Smart from Scratch online course for free (usually $249 USD.) It guides you to develop a business idea, validate it, and determine if that idea is viable to pursue.
Telstra have suspended late bill payment fees and are offering additional free data to post-paid personal and small business customers AND free unlimited standard landline calls (for pensioners.) Find out more general information and see how to register HERE.
Online business coaches (and authors of Own Your Weird), Jason and Caroline Zook, have a free course available: “Make $500: Your 7-Day Guide to Creating and Selling a Profitable Mini-Course” for those who are curious about the online course world.
Story Art Education – Free access for teachers and students during Covid-19
With many teachers now working online, Karen Alsop is making her amazing collection of learning resources available to teachers and their students. Your next lesson plan just got way easier!
SMALL BIZ SURVIVAL GUIDE: Podcaster, influencer, photographer and CEO of her muli-million dollar personal brand, Jenna Kutcher, has put together a free 10-page PDF on action items to take for whatever your business type (service, product, online) during this time and steal-worthy marketing strategies. 30-days of social media prompts included.
Interesting Reads and Resources
Industry-related bits and pieces regarding what’s going on, how to cope, and ideas and inspiration that may provide some general help.
Destination wedding and fashion photographer Brett Florens of The Focal Lounge has partnered with Nikon to make a short video resource on coping with the corona crisis for photographers. Brett also has an extended presentation and conversation with wedding filmmaker Andreas Hauke on industry challenges available (for free, no sign-up required) HERE.
Studio management software Sprout Studio has written a Coronavirus survival guide for wedding photographers, including a number of ideas on what you can do to lessen the burden of this crisis on your business. There’s
Along similar lines, Petapixel have published an article written by UK wedding photographer, Martin Cheung, on five practical tips for wedding photographers forced to reschedule thanks to COVID-19.
Glenn Martin APP shared some generalised advice re: what to do and what to avoid on your website during the pandemic. We shared Glenn’s advice HERE.
The Australian Federal Government Stimulus Packages: What You Need To Know and How It Affects You (published towards the end of March.) Our trade partner and accountants Astute Partners released this information sheet summarising how the government’s stimulus packages affect business. Download their PDF HERE.
Australian event photography company Orlando Sydney has written an article on how professional photographers will need to adjust their services to survive post-COVID-19, which references the wedding photography industry too.
AON Insurance have created a Covid-19 Response Site with a huge amount of resources for those managing risk, employees, communication advice, business planning, insurance and more. (Note: Some advice may be specific to the USA but much of it is general. There’s also information on recent bushfires.)
COVID-19: Handling Refund Requests and Cancellations. We recently shared some advice from Brisbane-based business contract law specialist, Shalini Nandan-Singh of Legally Shalini on the blog. Check it out! You can also contact our trade partner Sinisigalli Foster if seeking commercial law advice.
COVID-19 FAQs for artists: “The arts sector has been hit hard with cancellations and disruption in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Arts Law has put together answers to some of the most common question’s we’ve received from artists and arts organisations.”
Covid-19: How to Minimise the Impact on Your Photography Business is a fantastic guide from photography business coach, Mark Rossetto.
The SBS has written an article detailing your basic rights and the expected penalties (across each state) for breaching lockdown restrictions. What counts as a ‘reasonable excuse’ is also explored. Read the article HERE.
Eligible NAB customers can apply for: a home loan pause of up to six months, a reduced personal loan repayment, a reduction of the minimum credit card repayment (to $5 or 0.5%, whichever is lowest), or apply to take out a new unsecured loan of up to $250,000 (lending criteria applies.) Find out more HERE.
ING are offering customers a three month pause on home loan repayments (with a further three month extension available upon application) and three months bonus interest on savings maximiser accounts (conditions apply.) More info HERE.