No one asked for a rampaging pandemic, but now that it is here, it is time to brace yourself and hold on to the reins and survive the financial free fall.
It is one of those uncertain times when you do not know how long you need to stay put until you can resume the free flow of your business. However, the pandemic also offers a ray of hope; you now have the time to do all the neglected and tedious paperwork like GST filing while making plans for the future.
What Must You Know About The COVID-19 Pandemic?
The pandemic is highly contagious and has resulted in the cancellation of major events around the world, and decimated global finance.
With demand for goods and services waning, businesses all over the country have to deal with lots of losses resulting from improper judgment, staffing, execution, and even quality decline of inventory.
Hence this is the time to take a step back, and look at the financial standing of your business, eliminate unnecessary spending, look at government tax relief, and create a corrective action plan to rise post-corona outbreak.
How Should You Prepare For The Post-COVID World?
The pandemic has changed the way businesses work, and function. The transitional phase is the most important for you to flourish after the epidemic ends. The goal of this stage is to keep as many assets as possible and stabilize the financial ground for the future.
It is time to look at the different aspects of your organization and evaluate them to find out the necessary processes, the profit-making avenues, strengths, and weaknesses. Most of the time, when your business is in full swing, it is not possible to look at these aspects and judge them for their worth.
It is no time to go on an extravagant shopping spree for different items. Use your finance wisely and clear off any debt. From your past analysis, make sure to stop processes that are no longer required for the time being.
Pay Attention To Crucial Activities
The biggest problem which has emerged from the COVID-19 outbreak is a loss of jobs, as well as the loss of employees. Make sure that only services paramount to the functioning of the company are operational. If an employee can work from home, make sure that s/he doesn’t need to report in person at the office.
Save Your Human Resources
Realize that each of you needs to stand together in this war against Coronavirus. Stay in touch with your employees, and make sure that they are doing well. The seeds of compassion that you sow today will benefit the organization in the long term.
Stay In Contact
Since it is not possible for everyone to physically approach each other, communication is of prime importance. Host meetings to discuss the goals, listen to suggestions and plan for the future. It is also essential to stay in contact with your supply chain, contractors, and stakeholders during the dire situation.
Invest In Advertising
It is the proper time to invest in advertising your product and create brand awareness. Since most people are staying at home mostly glued to their mobile screens, you will easily be able to reach people who are not available in most cases.
Stay Updated With Government Schemes
The government has recently launched many schemes to assist both businesses and employees, which includes tax exemptions, loan assistance, and more.
Pay attention to government schemes and apply wherever possible. The government has also increased the date for filing good and service tax returns and announced the elimination of fines for late filing.
Read Something Constructive And Increase Your Skills
The lockdown provides ample time to learn new skills and upgrade yourself for the business. You can use this time to upskill your employees in various fields. To stay positive, read something constructive, and learn about financial recovery.
Complete All Paperwork Digitally
It is a great time to do all of the things that never get done, such as burying heaps of paperwork. Complete your balance sheets, ledgers, and use a gst software to fill up your goods and services tax forms, and file your returns digitally.
The Coronavirus pandemic has made us worry about the distant future. However dire it may seem, there is a ray of hope on the other end of the tunnel. By following simple rules and staying true to yourself, you can rise through the global financial meltdown by sheer will and grit.