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Working from home and dealing with COVID-19

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Firstly, we wish all our readers the best of health and to be safe.Here are some tips and things to do to stay healthy, be productive, advance your career, improve your business and even entertain yourselves:

Be Informed

Follow the new but don’t overdo it. It is important to keep abreast of current events since there are many things changing rapidly around this virus as is the case with any pandemic. But also keep in mind that there is a lot of fake news flooding the social channels. This can cause unnecessary panic so choose your news sources wisely. Here are some resources to help you detect and avoid fake news:

You can see emerging information about coronavirus COVID-19 in several places. Here are some:
World Health Organization Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Tool to visualize statistics of COVID-19 in the USCenter Disease Control


Spend time with friends and family (virtually at least)

This is a good time to catch up with family members and friends. Call them up, schedule web meetings. If you are really bold and are at home with family play board games or bake a cake together.
If you are on your own call friends and family

Web conference apps are abundant and free and easy to use. These tools are also perfect for working from home.


Check your pantry before shopping

Make a list of what you need before shopping. Avoid panic shopping. There is enough food to go around (article here). Buying 2 weeks at a time is ideal.We recommend shopping online and getting groceries delivered to your home. There are many services that offer that service. Here are just a few:

Groceries

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods
  • Many local grocers and stores have delivery set up. Give them a call and support your local businesses.
    Dining
  • GrubHub
  • DoorDash
  • Deliveroo
  • UberEats

Follow a set schedule

It is easy to lose track of time when you don’t have your daily routine and you are enclosed at home. Keeping a schedule helps regulate your body and mind and it helps keep your spirits up.

Try something new

Read that big book that has been collecting dust on your bookshelf, watch a 6 part documentary, try new recipes, or do a thousand-piece puzzle. The fall in stock prices can also be an opportunity to learn how to invest and buy some bargains.

Exercise

Keep your body active, exercise stimulates the immune system and helps you sleep better at night. Get a workout mat and weights, TRX and medicine ball, all easy to use at home. There are many online gym classes you can take. There are also dance classes you can take.

Disinfect all you touch

Quarantine rules vary depending on your location. If you have the need to go out, remember to wash your hands. Disinfect anything you are going to touch with alcohol alcohol-based disinfectants. Avoid touching your face, take a bottle of disinfectant gel with you. Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough with the sleeve of your shirt if you don’t have a kleenex. Throw away any used kleenex promptly.

It is normal to worry but keep panic at bay

There can be moments when one feels completely overwhelmed and helpless as the pandemic progresses especially if a friend or family member has gotten COVID-19. It is alright to feel all the emotions that come with that but do not let your emotions dominate you. This too shall pass.

Web Conferencing Software

If you are working from home here are several tools for web meetings:

We have tried all these at SalesMachine.tech and they all do the job well. There is a cultural shift underway and it is now commonly accepted that meetings will be virtual.

Help for businesses, employees and self-employed

Loans and assistance for businesses

US Government’s SBA is offering disaster relief loans for businesses click here

Payroll Protection

Employees or workers that are under 1099, 1 person business, independent contractors, work for hire, self-employed and/or members of the gig economy are all eligible for payroll protection under the new legislation signed into law this month. Banks are said to be ready to accept loans by this Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 and can disburse the loans within 48 hours.

Business owners and managers: how can you increase sales during this tough crisis?

We know that as an owner or manager of a business you are facing a unique set of problems that require immediate solutions.
Your number one worry is probably the loss of revenue. Your company may already have the capability of selling online but you are more of a bricks-and-mortar type company. But now is the time to push your e-commerce capacity to the maximum level. Despite appearances, there are ways to keep revenue coming in during these hectic times. It’s not easy but some industries and some companies have found ways.

Online Sales – E-commerce – A Way to Make it to the Other Side

For instance, there has been a huge growth in online sales during this crisis. In fact, Amazon just hired one hundred thousand workers to help with this surge. We can help you prepare your company virtually overnight to take advantage of this giant wave. 

Door to Door Delivery Services

Delivering your goods to other businesses and homes has never been easier with many options available throughout most of the United States and Canada:

  • UPS
  • Uber
  • FedEx
  • USPS
  • XPO
  • Postmates
  • Deliv
  • Hitch
  • Darkstore
  • ShipHawk
  • Narvar


Stand Out Above the Crowd

On the other hand, as more of your competition gets online or is in the process of doing so it is harder for your products and services to be noticed. This is where SalesMachine.tech comes in. We help companies be much more visible and get the right prospects by using artificial intelligence. So you can use bleeding-edge technology to help you get through these difficult times. Once we are over the worst SalesMachine will help you soar to new heights by increasing sales by 200% in 3 months in some cases. So despite all the chaos, it may be a good time to consider sharpening your marketing tactics.

Whether your product or service is sold traditionally and/or online we enhance your brand perception and increase trust in your company.
There are several key benefits:

  • use of world-class artificial intelligence to get to a much larger amount of qualified prospects than traditional marketing methods
  • Automation to nurture leads and follow through until the sale is complete
  • Live support channel with your sales team during office hours

Jobs 

Many people are being laid off here are some things you can do and some resources:

Mortgage brokers – some are actively hiring such as people rush to refinance their homes. See an article about their growth here

Restaurants are working to stay afloat by offering their menu online and providing home delivery and/or pickup. Local businesses can also help local restaurants, for example, this effort in Dallas by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

“We in! I just sent the email for Mavs and my companies. Anyone who buys from small local, independent (sorry big company-owned chains), will get reimbursed for their lunch and coffee/teas. We will start this week and go from there.” 

Some restaurants are issuing bonds – pay $50 now and get $75 in meals in September. 

Better.com the mortgage company is hiring hotel workers – they like the service level hotel employees are accustomed to giving and their patience. 


Grant Cardone offers these useful tips and free access to his online coaching:”at this time of world crisis, you cannot panic… but you do NEED to act!

Here are 5 tips I’m telling those close to me as we go through this economic turmoil:

  1. Operate with 10X levels of action. Literally out work everyone now as though you are about to enter the Great Depression of our lifetime.
  2. Stop ALL spending except on those things that can increase income. Do NOT spend to consume; spend only to increase income
  3. Keep your firewood dry and add to it. Accumulate cash—wood for your fire—at all costs spend nothing, preparing to invest when real assets get cheaper (they will). Prepare to steal when the market capitulates (throws up). Build your fire so big others stare in amazement.
  4. Do whatever it takes to increase income. Take on other income opportunities to increase your monthly income and save it all.
  5. Learn ‘how’ think rather than ‘why’ think and act like an entrepreneur. That means sales, marketing, negotiating, follow up, and branding.

    I opened up FULL ACCESS to Cardone University for free to help you during this time of “sheltering in place”.

    You’ll get access to over 800 courses to help you 10X your business and income + come out of this contraction stronger than when you entered into it a few weeks ago.

Harvard Business Review

Coronavirus + Business
80 pages of insight to help your business for free download here now (pdf)

Advice for running a business during a recession 
Go all out with your marketing. Costs are lower than they have been in a long time.

We started WordStream during the 2008 recession and 10 years later it is huge at $55M in revenues in 2018. 

Larry Kim, WordStream and MobileMonkey


Ways to Help

It is important that we all pitch in it helps us feel like part of a community when we are practicing social distancing. Together we can get through this. Here is a list of places you can contribute to:

General causes:

Hunger

Help deliver meals to people who shouldn’t leave their homes with Shopping Angels
Volunteer with #ChefsforAmerica, José Andrés’s projectCook, deliver meds, and more with Humanity First
Support Feeding America…

Schools

• 
A computer and tech drive-thru for new distance learners
• Keep kids healthy and safe with Save the Children
• Email Eric James CFO of the NEA Foundation at ejames@nea.org to support school communities
• Medical supplies, workers, and hospitals
• Help clinicians get meals
• Medical supplies from UNICEF
• CARE’s Emergency Surge Fund for hygiene in underserved communities
• Donate to the Red Cross indirectly by shopping on smile.amazon.com instead of the main siteWork
• Aid grassroots organizing from the Emergent Fund
• Give direct relief and loans for restaurant workers
• Support domestic workers, like house cleaners and nannies
• Give financial assistance with Hopelink
• Buy a gift card on Rally for Restaurants
• Support out-of-work musicians
• Another great fund for musical artists

Local Causes

• 
New York, NY: Help local nonprofitsFood Bank NYC
• Raleigh, NC: Provide relief for Raleigh restaurant workers
• Washington, D.C: Donate to Chef José Andrés’s D.C. Central Kitchen
• Los Angeles, CA: Assist Project Angel Food
• New Orleans, LA: Evacuteer needs virtual and IRL volunteers
• Seattle, WA: Prepare food for Lifelong or email taraj@lifelong.org to help assemble grocery bags
• Minnesota: Sign up to be a mobile pantry driver for The Open Door
• New Mexico: Pack food boxes with ECHO
• Georgia: Help Golden Harvest Food Bank pack food boxes or distribute food

Bonus: For businesses

  • Become a Giving Partner with Bombas
  • Contact Amy Bachman, Director of Procurement abachman@dccentralkitchen.org to donate food to Chef Jose Andres’s DC Central Kitchen
  • Here’s a roundup of corporate goodwill efforts to inspire your company


Click here to find out more about SalesMachine.tech, see case studies and see a video and find out how we can grow your sales 


Why you should use a VPN

Laptop. Check. Good wifi signal. Check. Fast internet. Check. Comfortable working clothes. Check.

Now all you need is a VPN.

A virtual private network or VPN as they are commonly known is a service that redirects your internet connection to private servers so that your connection is secure. A VPN masks your IP address hiding it from unwanted visitors and it also encrypts your data so no one can intercept valuable company documents.

Many companies provide remote workers with a VPN. But if yours doesn’t do not worry, there are many good providers.

Study online

There have never been more resources available to study online. And investing in yourself may be the best use of your time during this crisis. Here is only a partial list including free offerings from Harvard and MIT:

Programming, Data and IT

Humanities

Art and Design

Science

Social Studies

Education and Teaching

Medicine and Health

Business Books

MIT

Tutorials


We hope you and your loved ones and your companies stay safe. These are times when staying together is important and this list will hopefully help you with some useful resources and ideas.

Please email us at info@SalesMachine.tech with any resources we will share them with our clients and partners. 

And of course send any questions – we are standing by.

#weareallinthistogether

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