We wanted to drop in to offer some RELIEF by providing you with information on financial relief and essential resources for you and your business during this national emergency.
1. SBA Disaster Assistance
You may qualify for a low-interest federal disaster loan. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. Apply here.
2. Interest Fees on Federal Student Loans Will be Waived
The President has announced that interest fees on federal student loans will be waived for the time being, which means that payments could be placed on pause without a penalty. Learn more about it here.
3. Amazon is Hiring!!!
Amazon is hiring around 100,000 people to work from home during this time. If you’re looking for additional income, go here to apply.
4. Yoast Is Offering Free-For-Now SEO Courses
Utilize any downtime you’re experiencing to learn about do-it-yourself SEO tips. Get practical tips to rank higher and get more readers, online visitors, or sell more products online. Yoast usually charges hundreds of dollars for its courses. Currently, they’re teaching anyone who signs up how to optimize a website’s technical setup and content to avoid costly mistakes. Click here for the free course.
5. Loom Enhanced Their Free Plan
Loom is removing its limit on the number of videos a user can access on the free plan until July 1st (previously the limit was 25). They are also extending the free trial period of its premium Loom Pro service from 14 to 30 days. Take advantage of Loom’s video messaging service to help you work remotely. Sign up for free here.
6. Tax Payments Deferred Beyond April 15
For individuals as well as businesses that are affected by the Coronavirus, you can defer paying your taxes by next month’s deadline. Read more about it here.
7. Zoom is Offering Free Services to Educators
CEO Eric Yan of Zoom has decided to make his video conferencing software available for free for K-12 schools. Learn more about it here.
8. Free Internet with Comcast
Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. If this applies to you, sign up here.
9. Extended Phone Bill Coverage and Grace Periods
If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, some cellphone companies are supporting you by giving a two month grace period on your phone bill, like Verizon, or providing unlimited data for 60 days, like T-Mobile is doing. Metro PCS is paying phone bills for 2 months for FREE, just dial 611. For more information contact your provider, and feel free to read more about it here.
10. Calm is Giving Free Meditation Resources
Calm.com has put together an amazing page filled with resources on meditation and breathing exercises. Many of us may be feeling a little uncertain or anxious about today’s current crisis, which is why we’re so grateful Calm.com created an outlet for us to take care of our minds (and for FREE)! If you’re feeling a little uncertain or anxious due to what’s going on globally, that’s okay, visit their special page to get your “serenity” on.
We plan to update this page with more resources like the above and we’ll post updates on our LinkedIn page as well, where you are more than welcome to share any additional resources you are aware of.