High-level tips to assist small business prepare for Covid-19

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The coronavirus or COVID-19 presents a significant threat not only to human health but also to business. For many businesses, likely moves by governments to contain the public health risk may result in a sudden fall in demand for your products or services, labour shortages and supply disruptions.

As part of a comprehensive risk management strategy there are a range of actions you should consider taking now to prepare your business for COVID-19, to place it in the best possible position to not only navigate through the crisis but to also be better prepared to take advantage of the recovery.

These tips are:

  1. Keep up to date with official information on COVID-19 and any directions public health authorities may issue
  2. Update your financial statements
  3. List possible impacts on your business of COVID-19, estimate the financial impact and develop mitigation strategies
  4. Perform a financial health check on your business
  5. Re-do your budgets with new assumptions
  6. Act now to improve cash flow
  7. Increase online sales
  8. Put in place a contingency plan
  9. Talk to key suppliers
  10. Identify employees with critical skills for your business and make sure they can continue working or can be replaced
  11. Measure, measure, measure
  12. Do a reality check on your business
  13. If you find yourself in financial difficulty, seek professional advice early

View the detailed summary of these tips (PDF), including example worksheets and checklists.

Sourced from: CPA Australia

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