As our salons emerge from hibernation, there’s a good chance salon owners have more questions than answers, and are desperate for guidance on navigating business in this changed economy.

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate  Carnell, says small businesses looking for assistance post-COVID-19 should head to the Government’s My Business Health portal.

Kate says business owners will find valuable information on how to re-open or ramp up their business to make the most of the ever-changing economy.

“There’s never been a tougher time to be in business and it is understandable if some small business owners are feeling overwhelmed right now,” Kate said.

“The pandemic has changed so much in such a short amount of time, small business owners may be finding it difficult to stay on top of their obligations. My Business Health is a one-stop-shop for state-by-state information about restrictions and COVID-Safe Plans.

The site also provides downloadable resources such as posters and signage along with safe workplace checklists and details of grants available to re-opening small businesses.

“There’s also information on free apps available such as GuestTrack, for those small businesses that need to collect and store customer and visitor contact details in the event of a localised COVID outbreak,” Kate says.

With the mental health of small business owners an ongoing concern, My Business Health also provides links to resources from mental health organisations, such as Beyond Blue’s dedicated coronavirus mental health support service and Ahead for Business.

“As small business owners work around the clock to get back on their feet, they may not realise the toll it’s taking on their mental health.

“Over the coming weeks, it’s important to take time to be kind to yourself – your business depends on you being healthy. Help is available if you need it. Visiting My Business Health is a good place to start.”

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