Now the period of unlocking is going to start to bring the economy back on the track. COVID-19 has hurt the business economy all over the world. No country is there which did not suffer from the economic crisis in this pandemic situation.
But this is the high time to start the businesses and keep them on track again. The latest business updates in August 2020 are going to re-establish the companies back.
Several Government Extended Loans Due to COVID-19
The governments will extend the loan schemes until June 2021 for small, medium, and large businesses. The second phase will initiate from October 1, 2020, by implementing the following changes:
- The loans will be provided for business purposes other than the working capital loans
- The loan sizes will be increased up to four folds from $250,000 to $ 1 million.
- In addition to the unsecured loans, secured loans are implemented.
- Maximum loan terms will be provided to the business individuals.
Mckinsey & company research proves that the process of business optimism will be increased now. Where most organizations receive downfall in the business and face uncertainty, there are still many sectors that are flourishing and demand consumer return.
In the meantime, the entrepreneurs need to be more optimistic and take some risk to open the gateway of new cashflow and manage business success. But small businesses don’t have that profit margin as large companies have to deal with the economic crisis.
Thus, in that situation, they need to adapt better business strategies and manage the problems and adapt according to the changing conditions.
The JobKeeper Changes in September
The previous week, the Australian Prime Minister announced some changes in the JobKeeper subsidy scheme and extended till March 2021. JobKeeper 2.0 will be the next phase of this scheme and start in September end with a reduced rate of wages.
The full-time workers will get $1200 fortnight instead of $1500, and those who work part-time will receive a $ 750-fortnight payment. Wherein JobKeeper 3.0 that will start from January 4, 2021, will further get reduced wages rate. The full-time worker will receive $1000, and part-timers will receive $650.
Reassessments Would Be Done in October and January
The reassessment will be done for the organizations from September 28, 2020, who are seeking to avail of the benefit of the JobKeeper scheme. To benefit from this extension, the companies and business organizations need to show their eligibility and turnover that they receive during June and September 2020.
If they can demonstrate that they met with a business crisis and face a decline in the turnover, then they are eligible to get the benefit of the JobKeeper scheme.
Technological Tools Advancements to Work from Home
In this COVID-19 pandemic situation, technological tools play a significant role in the business landscape. These tools bring flexibility to work in home zones. The companies have been transiting their employees to work from their remote sites. The future offices are likely to shift in the homes.
The essential digital tools play a crucial role in keeping the workflow and overcoming business challenges. These tools help in boosting the productivity and working efficiency of the employees.
Following are the tools recommended for business purposes:
Video Conferencing Apps
- Google Hangouts
Other Productivity Apps
- Basecamp Business
- Dropbox business
COVID-19 Scams Alert
Scammers are active in this COVID-19 pandemic situation. People are giving money to these scammers blindly for the sake of COVID-19 charities and other needs. Where the fraud is new, some also scam people by saying to invest in new businesses to have a handsome profit.
But people need to be on alert mode and defend themselves from these kinds of activities. Make sure not to share your personal business-related information and other details that may threaten your bank account and give you a jerk of debts.
Boost the Digital Capabilities
In Australia, small businesses can access business support to accelerate their digital capabilities. The Australian Small Business Advisory Services Digital Solutions provide small businesses better and advance digital solutions to deal with their business crisis. The sole traders with 20 employees can also use these digital solutions to grow their business.