COVID-19 Resources for Self-Employed Professionals

COVID-19 resourcesThis is a challenging time for self-employed professionals. Some of us are unable to do our usual work due to safer-at-home guidelines. Others have lost clients because client businesses have shut down or clients have lost a job. Most of us have seen our income drop due to the dramatic impact of the pandemic on economies around the world.

I’ve assembled here a collection of resources that my clients, students, and resources have found helpful to keep their businesses alive during this difficult period, and to keep themselves productive and sane. Jump to the section that interests you:


Upcoming Live Programs Offered by C.J. Hayden and Kristine Carey at No Cost or Low Cost

Pandemic Office Hours with C.J. Hayden and Kristine Carey – Join C.J. and Kris for an open session to ask questions and discuss any issues about doing business as a self-employed professional or microbusiness during the pandemic. No charge.

Get It Written Day with C.J. Hayden – Monthly online writing retreat for self-employed professionals to work on blogs, articles, books or any sort of writing for your business. Low cost.

Community Work Days with Kristine Carey – Co-working sessions for business owners and professionals to gain community and feel less isolated while getting things done. Pay what you want.


Nuts-and-Bolts Solutions to Pandemic Issues for Self-Employed Professionals

How Do We Continue to Do Business and Market Ourselves Now? – Recorded Webinar with C.J. Hayden and Kris Carey.
Video | Audio only | Slides | Chat transcript

#FreelanceChat with C.J. Hayden – Curated Twitter chat hosted by Michelle Garrett with guest C.J. Hayden on freelance marketing and survival during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Resources for Marketing During the Pandemic

Marketing and Sales During the COVID-19 Crisis – Recorded Webinar with C.J. Hayden and Kris Carey.
Video | Audio only | Slides | Chat transcript

Appropriate Marketing in a Time of Crisis: How Self-Employed Professionals Can – and Should – Market During the COVID-19 Crisis: Part 1 – Blog post by C.J. Hayden.

What Kind of Marketing is Possible Right Now? How Self-Employed Professionals Can – and Should – Market During the COVID-19 Crisis: Part 2 – Blog post by C.J. Hayden.

What Can You Do if You Need Clients Yesterday? How Self-Employed Professionals Can – and Should – Market During the COVID-19 Crisis: Part 3 – Blog post by C.J. Hayden.


Resources on Reinventing Your Business So You Can Keep Working

Reinventing Your Business During the COVID-19 Crisis – Recorded Webinar with C.J. Hayden and Kris Carey.
Video | Audio only | Slides | Chat transcript

Reinventing Your Business to Survive a Pandemic – Blog post by C.J. Hayden.

From Offline to Online: Leveraging Digital Commerce During COVID-19 from East West Bank – How your business can make the move online. Not just for retailers.

Up & Running Program from eBay – A free store for new sellers on eBay with no selling fees through June 30, plus extra support to get started.


Resources on Staying Productive and Sane Under Crisis

Staying Productive and Sane During the COVID-19 Crisis – Recorded Webinar with C.J. Hayden and Kris Carey
Video | Audio only | Slides | Chat transcript

How to Stay Focused on Your Business When So Much Else Calls Your Attention – Blog post by C.J. Hayden.

How to Run a Business in Uncertain Times – Blog post by C.J. Hayden.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear – Blog post by C.J. Hayden.

Resources for Business & Self-Care During COVID-19 from Kristine Carey – Wisdom from and for small business owners on how to survive the crisis.

17 Totally Normal Things to Feel Right Now, According to Therapists – Blog post by Anna Borges, Self Magazine.

Signs You May be Burning Out and What to Do About It – Blog post by Arianne Cohen, Businessweek.


Resources for Financial Help for You and Your Business

Government Relief Programs for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 from Shopify – Curated list of government programs and financial relief measures offered by national, state, and city governments worldwide.

Cash Relief for Entrepreneurs Everywhere from Duke University – Searchable database of over $1 trillion in loans and grants available to small businesses.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) vs Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The Breakdown from Bench Bookkeeping – Comparison and discussion of the pros and cons of these two U.S. federal relief programs for small business owners.


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