Round-up of Resources for an Indie Biz Owner

An Indie Roller compiled guide of Covid-19 Resources as of 24th March 2020.

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Posted on 24th March 2020

The landscape is changing fast so I’ll be updating our findings on a very regular basis. As of Tuesday 24th March these are the offers that have caught my eye from a select range of business communities, creative professional offerings and learning resources.  This guide is aimed at supporting you through this time to stay positive and keep going.

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Rachael at Simplified Accounting has created a free download summarising the help available if you are worried about the financial implications for your business. Sadly it’s limited for self-employed but as more measures are announced she will update the document. The best place to find out when it’s updated is via her social media or monthly newsletter. Download HERE.

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Posts are circulating amongst the creative Facebook groups that Adobe CC have added a free 60 day option to their subscription package if you go through the cancellation policy. There isn’t an official statement from Adobe but one fb group member said: ‘Make sure you go past the cancellation fee page and it takes you to the 2 months free offer to stay with them.’ – to which dozens of replies from Indie Rollers thanked the OP for saving them £££s, although some found they couldn’t get it to work with their subscription option. Worth a try!

Update: If you get on chat to Adobe – they will wipe 3 months payments as part of their small biz support.

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SEO specialist for indie businesses Briony Cullin has shared some free training for small businesses during these stressful and uncertain times. Briony says: ‘I want to do something which will help small businesses, to give them some actionable steps they can take when they feel like the world has gone topsy-turvy. I’ve recorded a video walkthrough of how to carry out your own SEO audit of your website.’  Watch HERE

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Facebook have announced a Small Business Grants Program. They say: ‘We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.’  Apply HERE.

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The highly regarded Make Art That Sells MBA 2020 self-paced course is being offered for FREE during this time which is a saving of £179.

Co-Founders Lilla Rogers and Beth Kempton have offered this to encourage positivity and inspiration in the midst of the current global turmoil. You will need to complete a short form but do not need to give any credit card details. Please tell any of your friends / family who might benefit from a course on making money using your creativity and unique brilliance.  Download HERE.

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Crowdfunder, the online fundraising platform, have partnered up with Enterprise Nation to offer 100% free fundraising for your business. They say: ‘We must all look at what we can do to support each other. As COVID-19 spreads in the UK, and we begin spending more time in doors, we are inevitably spending less money with small businesses. This is a challenge as these businesses need a regular flow of cash to pay salaries or rent, for example.’  They are are offering this service 100% free – so every penny you raise will go to you. This has been set-up very quickly in response to this growing crisis, so please bear with them and forgive them if you see any references to fees throughout the set-up process. Any fees do not apply, that’s their guarantee.  More info HERE.

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Since many of us are now stuck at home, the podcasting platform Zencastr has removed the limits on their free package so during this time podcasters can record as much as they want. If you’ve been wanting to start a podcast – now is the time. They say: ‘We want to help. That’s why, starting immediately, there will be no limits on recording hours or participants for Hobbyist users. We’ll keep this in effect through July 1, 2020. We hope this brightens your days, and helps you continue to record and connect with others as much as possible even though you may be stuck indoors.’ Get podcasting HERE.

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Down Dog – the exercise app – has announced it’s free until 1st April and an Indie Roller reports doing a great sesh this morning. The Down Dog Team say: ‘Due to the current outbreak, many people are avoiding gathering in large groups, including at yoga studios and other fitness spaces. We believe that stressful times like these are precisely when people need wellness practices the most, and we are committed to doing our part to help out. So that anyone who wants to practice at home can do so, we are making all of our apps – Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout – completely free until April 1st.’

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Twinkl, the educational resources website for every step of a child’s learning journey, is currently offering free membership which has lots of resources that might be helpful for anyone juggling childcare too.

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PR Dispatch are offering their PR Power Hour for free during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ideal for product-based brand owners wanting to kickstart their PR journey and get noticed by the press. The one hour webinar is led by founder Rosie Davies-Smith and you’ll takeaway a huge bank of invaluable PR knowledge.  Download HERE.

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Therese from Small Business Collaborative is offering free calls for anyone who wants to work on their wholesale strategy during this time. The 30 minute call is so you can take positive action within your business right now. Therese says: “The noise out there is louder than usual… Take part in the things that make sense to you and your business.”  DM to book @small_business_collaborative

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Looking to adapt your product range to include digital offerings? Read about our brand new free / pay-what-you-can group learning programme HERE.

2 thoughts on “Round-up of Resources for an Indie Biz Owner

  1. Leona
    Thank you .. this is fantastuc! There are a lot of fabulous offers and Twinkl looks like a life saver. Finding structure and calm in the chaos has been tough on all fronts. So a heartfelt thank you for knowing what I needed before I did xx jacqui

  2. Thank you for all of this. I have lost all work and as I have only started my creative journey I have no products to sell.. no online shop platform as my work was really more about getting people together to create. Now my two lovely daughters are at home.. priorities keep changing… but thank you for all you are doing. Now is our time to rise and think differently… to be creative in new ways… so I will think and see what I can do for others . Much love Donna xxx

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