Saving Small Businesses from Corona Catastrophe

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I started my own digital agency from home in 2018. It’s only small, but it’s allowed me to work remotely and care for my wife who had a kidney transplant in 2017, and our daughter who’s now 10-years old.

I’ve worked exclusively with small businesses during my time running ReyDesign, so you could say they are the lifeblood of my business.

Small businesses are real people, with everyday problems working to support their families just like you and me.

They don’t have credit lines with banks, they don’t have the luxury of sick days, they don’t usually have the option of taking holidays as they’re often treading a fine line between success and failure.

Which is why, when it comes to a crisis like we’re currently experiencing, so many small businesses are in real danger of going bust.

With no jobs currently available and the likelihood that most of us will be forced to stay indoors for weeks, if not months, there’s a very real threat that small businesses and the real victims – the people behind them, are going to suffer financially.

Small businesses mean everything to me and my company. I’m fortunate to have low operating costs, so I can afford to wait it out, however it pains me to see so many people going through extreme anguish right now, which is compelling me to act.

I intend on putting a collective together of web developers, designers, artists, social media specialists, marketers, writers, copywriters, sales executives, virtual assistants, project managers, influencers, video editors, and more...

And with them, we will help small businesses, self employed people and anyone experiencing financial difficulties due to their work as a consequence of the Coronavirus.

There are many things we could do to help:

We could build an eCommerce store for someone stuck at home not knowing if their job will exist when this is over.

We could help a small business by providing virtual staff to help with the running of their business while their workers are housebound.

We could provide social media services to create awareness for an ailing business.

We could help someone turn a hobby into a living and help ease their financial nightmares.

There are hundreds of ways that we could assist those in need, if only I can get this up and running.

It will be unpaid volunteer work, however, we will still need access to tools that would help us make a difference.

Commercial tools are more expensive than private licences.

Adobe's creative suite for 5 team members with stock images costs £6,000pa.

Social media tools for growing accounts with virtual servers, residential proxies and automated software is £4,000pa.

CRM systems with integrated telephony systems that would help us provide inbound/outbound/sales calls as well as chat/messaging services to help run a business (including this project) is $1,900pa plus costs for making outbound calls $1,000 - $3,000.

Content tools such as BuzzSumo $3,000.

Email marketing software such as MailChimp can cost as much as £12,000...

And on and on...

But the more I can raise, the bigger the team I can put together and the more tools we can use for the good of the people in desperate need.

I've started with a modest £20,000 target which would be amazing and help to support and do a lot of good for small businesses in need during this difficult time.

However, if this is successful and we raise £50,000+, I will also put a charity together and create a campaign to help the NHS, raising money for extra beds, sanitary supplies and whatever they suggest they need most. (I'm not at that stage yet so I haven't looked into it, but I will once this is up and running).

I want to raise money to help parents who are forced to stay at home, looking after their children while schools are closed but they're not receiving sick pay.

I want to help small business owners who are running out of funds while they still need to pay 80% of salaries, yet they're not generating any revenue, so they'll be out of business by the time this is over.

I want to help their employees who are stuck at home against their will, knowing their company will likely be bankrupt by the time they can go back to work.

So please help me raise money so I can try and do something about it.

It would be amazing if I could help 100 businesses, but it would be a dream to help 1,000! So help me do that.

I've just set up a website for this cause but it's early days. I intend on adding more content such as a page to thank volunteers and another page thanking businesses who help us out. But I will also create a progress page where you can keep checking in from time to time and see how we're helping people, how many we've helped and if it's possible to calculate (I'm no good at maths) then I'll update how much money we're helping them make.

Donate if you can, and that would be amazing but also spread the word. If you know anyone who could volunteer at least for the next three weeks while they're forced to wait home, then send them our way.

Share our message with everybody! 

And thank you so much. We can make it through this together.

Donations

  • Natalia Restrepo 
    • £20 
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Organizer

Andrew Reynolds 
Organizer
Farnborough, South East England, United Kingdom
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