In response to the COVID 19 outbreak, many people are now forced to adopt social detachment and a lifestyle from home. These mandates have also forced many business owners to close their doors to meet mandatory on-site orders, which pose serious challenges.
To help small businesses in every possible way, some companies offer their services for free or at a discount. Below is a list of software and services that can provide some relief to companies experiencing problems with COVID-19.
Discounts for restaurant owners
- Grubhub / Seamless: Commission fees for independent restaurants are deferred
- Uber eats: There are no shipping costs for customers for over 100,000 independent restaurants in the USA and Canada
- OneDine: While COVID-19 offer Tap & Order and Tap & Pay technology for free
- AT & T., Comcast, sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon: For the next 60 days, all five providers are committed not to end the service for small businesses and private users, to waive late fees due to COVID-19 and to grant everyone free access to hotspots
- Home base: Free basic plan that facilitates planning, time recording and team communication
- Pandadoc: Introduced a new free eSign plan that enables businesses to use the following features: unlimited document uploading, unlimited eSignatures, and payment processing
- box: For small businesses, 3 months free from their business plan, which includes unlimited storage, mobile access, and advanced user and security reports
- Cisco Webex: Offers unlimited use without time restrictions and support for up to 100 participants with a free 90-day license for new Webex customers
- Cloudfare:: The network security product Cloudfare for Teams will be free for small businesses for the next 6 months
- Google: G Suite and G Suite for educational customers will have free access to corporate video conferencing features until July 1, 2020 (e.g., meetings for up to 250 people and recording capacity)
- GoToMeeting: Free three-month video conferencing product for “critical front-line service providers” (including healthcare providers, educational institutions, municipalities, and nonprofits)
- LinkedIn: 16 LinkedIn learning courses are now available for free. Topics include how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not personal, use virtual meeting tools, and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.
- Microsoft: The premium version of Teams is free for 6 months and the existing user limits for the free version have been lifted
- Meero: The provision increased the storage capacity (up to 10 gigabytes) and the period of validity (up to 3 months) of the files released via MeeroDrop
- Zoom: For K-12 schools in the United States, the 40-minute video call cap is lifted.
Other free services that can help business owners:
- Headspace: Free Meditations in the Weathering the Storm Collection
- Planet fitness: Home training that is streamed daily at 4 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. MT / 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET
We will continue to update this list as more services become available. If you know of free or discounted services that are not on this list, please leave a comment about the service and we will add it.
Raina Chauhan Raina is Product Marketing Manager at Homebase.
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