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Anticipating the Future: Starting Conversations About Mental Health in the Workplace


Are you having conversations about Mental Health?

Man, oh man – things have been completely upside-down, topsy-turvy so far this year. It’s no wonder that we hear more about the topic of mental health than we ever have in recent years. While the mentions may be piling up now and people are becoming more candid about their journey through mental health, this is by no means a new issue. Many more of us are experiencing it openly together as we are all struggling through this uncharted territory, so now is the best time to address it in your workplace. 

The value of mental health awareness in the workplace is incredibly vital to your productivity and success as a business, so start evaluating how you currently handle those conversations and education and where you can improve your process. Does you team feel comfortable coming to you about these struggles? Are you centered on not only being aware, but being capable of providing resources and tools to help your team manage their work and mental health as best they care? The following list can help act as a guide for getting that conversation started in your workplace. 

1. Demonstrate Compassion

Above all, bring compassion and empathy into the workplace. When co-workers see that you’re motivated by profit only, they don’t feel like their mental health is valued. On the other hand, when people feel free to be their best selves, profit and productivity are often positive side effects.

As we’ve become more affluent, we’ve separated ourselves from one another, building bigger houses and leaning into isolation. It’s easy to stay in our bubbles — cubes and offices — and then go home and sit in our apartments alone. But the more we can encourage human connection within the workplace, the more we can regain that healthy tribal mentality.

2. Bring in Experts

Speak up and suggest to invite a guest who can speak to mental health, or someone who has gone through similar issues, whether in a training capacity or on a weekly basis. Even the most high-functioning people suffer sometimes, especially in creative industries. And when they do, companies face consequences. To encourage mental health discussions, consider calling in a therapist four days a month to hold confidential discussions with employees.

3. Set an Example, Discreetly

When talking about mental health in the workplace, it’s important to know that it’s not about airing dirty laundry. It’s about setting an example — simply raising your hand and saying, “I’m struggling, too.”

4. Share Resources

From the National Suicide Prevention Hotline to apps like Talkspace that provide options for people to discuss mental health issues, there are many additional resources to turn to, and it’s important that employees know about them. App-based communities like Huddle, are available for people to post questions and get answers from the community about personal topics.

Above all, remember that these are universal struggles. So open up, raise your hand and make the first move, because you’re not alone.

Why Support Is Key to Working Through Struggles

Within the work environment, there’s a pressure to perform, to excel, and to be perfect. And all of that is simply not realistic. It’s not about making excuses; it’s about helping people feel supported and safe so they can excel at their jobs. There is a need for a space where you can throw your hand up when something isn’t right and get help. As a business owner, every day provides another unique opportunity for you to do that. 


Start Dreaming Your Next Business Move

Maybe you haven’t started a business just yet, but you are taking all the steps to build on a firm foundation. Congratulations! We love to be a resource for small business owners, and pass on the knowledge we have in the business world. In these uncertain times, many people are starting over or starting a new business for the first time. If that is you, we are here for you. We work with small business owners to improve their financial face to the lenders and assist in getting you the most funds that are available to you. 

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Anticipating the Future: Preparing for a Disaster

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

We are living in the midst of uncertainty right now. If anything, this year has made that perfectly clear. So as a business owner, you have to take into account anything that could become an obstacle in your path to success. Already in this year we have had to struggle through a pandemic that appeared so quickly that most small businesses were not properly prepared. As we get closer to “normalcy” don’t forget the lessons we’ve learned in regards to business thus far. Create a plan to navigate disasters, whether they are hurricanes, earthquakes or pandemics. Follow the 3 Step Plan below for guidance:

Step 1: Identify the Risk

Let’s take a moment to think about any “disaster” that could affect your business. Let’s see, we have; hurricanes, winter weather, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and pandemics – to name the basics. What is most likely to happen in your area, or has happened within the last year? Do you have a central location, or are you spread about nationally or globally? That is the place to start. Depending on the crisis, it may take different steps to prepare, but most everything will have the same foundation. 

Step 2: Create Your Plan

The first step is to designate a “POC” (Point of Contact) for your disaster plan. As the boss, this should not be you, it needs to be delegated. Your involvement is important, obviously, but as a business owner you are the project manager of them all. When it comes to disaster preparedness plans, if it were all on your shoulders along with everything else you have your hands in, it would deter from the focus you need to execute the plan. Choose a reliable team member that has steady focus in times of stress. 

Collaborate with them on what is important to include, but let them develop the plan. Ask questions; Does the plan coordinator need a supporting committee? Do you ship hundreds of packages a day? Do you need a list of vendors to contact in case of an emergency? Do you have the proper communication tree for your team, clients and vendors? Think about all your processes and make sure to plot out the vital aspects to consider. 

Remember that the goal of a disaster plan is to help ensure the well-being of your employees, the stability of your location’s environment and, last but certainly not least, that you can keep your business running.

At its simplest form, the plan should address: 

  • An evacuation policy, including maps and routes
  • Who employees should contact, inside and outside the company, for additional information about what to do
  • Who is required to stay on site to perform essential functions or shut down important items
  • Who is responsible for rescue and medical duties
  • Employee emergency contact information, plus information about unique medical needs.
  • Special instructions regarding hazardous materials and equipment, if necessary

Step 3: Implement and Train

Transparency and communication are key. Your team needs to know what to expect before any disaster occurs. This will minimize the amount of stress, anxiety and confusion at the time a crisis hits. Let’s just use the first half of 2020 as a fantastic example. How has the crisis affected your business? How did you respond? How did your team feel, react, etc. This will serve as a learning guide of what worked and what didn’t. Learn from that and use it to develop your plan and reinforce the importance of training to your team. 

Create a guide or package for your team to use as a reference for important information regarding the disaster policy. Hold regular meetings (once a quarter) and be open to any feedback that their perspective can offer. Remember that an important reason for this disaster policy is to provide a safe and secure environment both physically and mentally for your team. Their perspective is vital. 

Start Dreaming Your Next Business Move

Maybe you haven’t started a business just yet, but you are taking all the steps to build on a firm foundation. Congratulations! We love to be a resource for small business owners, and pass on the knowledge we have in the business world. In these uncertain times, many people are starting over or starting a new business for the first time. If that is you, we are here for you. We work with small business owners to improve their financial face to the lenders and assist in getting you the most funds that are available to you. 

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

What To Consider When Reopening Your Business


What Business Owners Need to Know

As restrictions begin to lift across the country, every small business owner is thinking the same thing.  How do I re-open?  While each industry varies, here are some things to consider when creating your reopening plan.

Start Fresh

Start from scratch… sort of.  No it isn’t necessary or practical to start from scratch, but realize this is an opportunity for you to have a fresh start.  Before businesses began shutting down, you may have been too busy to make changes that you knew would improve your business; well the time is now.  As you begin the slow process of reopening, use this time to evaluate employees and procedures.  You may find that what you were doing before was not efficient or maybe one of your employees was better suited for a different role.  Do not approach this with the mindset that everything needs to change; it doesn’t.  What was previously successful will likely continue to be in “life after COVID-19”, but as an owner, maximize this time to ensure your business is running as efficiently as it can.  

Give Yourself a Pep Talk

Remember that you have been here before.  As a small business owner, you hold one tremendous advantage over large corporations and perhaps some of your competitors.  Whether it was recently or decades ago, you remember what it was like when your business first started.  You know the hardships you will inevitably go through only this time you know what worked and didn’t work when you first opened.  Take time to reflect on this and discuss it with your staff who also might have been there from the beginning.  Together you can create a plan to maximize the successes you experienced when you originally first opened your business.

Reevaluate your budget

It is naive to think that your business will return to the same, or even close to, the revenue you were making before the lockdowns just now as restrictions are being lifted.  Be frugal about your spending or the conditions of funding or loans you may be seeking.  Understand that you will, in all likelihood, be operating on a reduced budget and reduced revenue.  The key here is the long haul; ensure you can make it to the time where business and customers are back to normal.  Looking back on the previous point, remember what it was like when you first opened.  Revenue is initially going to be slow and you need to have that built into your budget.

Collaborate

Put your head together with other small business owners.  If you are in the service or hospitality industry, look to partners in your immediate area where you can team up to create events, share marketing avenues or package deals together to bring customers in.  For owners with product or service based businesses, seek non-competitors within your industry, potentially outside your area, to collaborate on best practices.  Everyone is in the same boat and will be eager to share their successes if they too can learn from yours.     

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Continued Learning & Resources in the Workplace


Evolution is the name of the game – growing, becoming. Your business should always be looking for new ways to reinvent and build. That includes your team. For many businesses, they are scrambling to figure out what to do with this time we have, and how to utilize it to the best of their abilities. Offering learning resources for your workforce is incredibly important, but especially at this time. If they need some extra motivation, something different, or if you just want to add to the value of their role, now is the best time to get on that learning train! How do you do this? Well, there are many ways, and we’ll outline a few of our favorites. 

Group Learning

Maybe you’ve noticed a collective opportunity for growth within your business. Is there something your team could all benefit from as a whole? Getting in on the action together is a great way to foster communication, camaraderie and teamwork! Depending on what that opportunity might be for your team, you could purchase a group learning tool, or even curate a playlist of great videos on YouTube for everyone to watch together and then discuss. You can plan other group exercises around the content you choose, and give your team a break from the daily grind. 

Individual Learning

Sometimes, especially with social distancing and bigger teams, it’s just too chaotic to conduct a group learning session. If that is the case, then you can still choose a topic that everyone could collectively benefit from, but let them watch the videos and complete the materials on their own. You can still facilitate a discussion board based on the materials, but this will allow them to complete the activities on their own terms and without the pressure of a large group. For some businesses, this is a better suited method. 

Tailored Plans

Have you noticed that a particular team member is struggling with something? Or perhaps they are a high performing employee that is quickly outgrowing their current role? In each of these situations, tailored learning plans are the best fit. You can zero in on what would best foster growth in those team members and help them along their career path and at-the-end-of-the-day it will contribute to the success of your business. 

Essential Courses

What topic should you focus in on? Take a step back and examine where there are holes in your business performance. Is it technical skills? Is it interpersonal savvy? It is understanding of the industry as a whole? Maybe it’s just motivation. Whatever you decide, there are so many options for resources. You can do simple searches on YouTube for tutorials, or even Ted Talks. If it’s more in-depth types of courses, Lynda.com has a fantastic library covering a multitude of topics. The bottom line is that you are offering some type of learning resource to keep everyone moving, challenged and refreshed!

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

Influencing Your Team Morale

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Help Your Team Navigate the Dark Times

It may be an absolute struggle to keep your team positive. You may have had to furlough and lay off part or even most of your workforce, and maybe your biggest struggle right now is keeping your own chin up. We get it, we really do. These are trying times, but all these rough circumstances are going to break us, re-mold us and we are going to emerge a stronger and more motivated community, with our priorities readjusted and our resolve stronger than it’s ever been. That is what you have to focus on. That is what you must remind your team. That is what will drive you forward through the storm. 

We often forget to look at the mental implications in the business world. Long hours, scrambling to meet deadlines, resolving conflicts, finding solutions for obstacles both big and small… There are a number of stressing factors throughout any given business day (even weekends), and in a situation like this, you can just multiply it by 100 (maybe even more). You have to recognize the effect that it has on your mindset, as well as your staff. You have to be intentional about how you navigate your mindset around the negative clouds that approach you at every turn. Because your mindset determines how you weather the storm. It determines how you survive. 

So how do you keep morale up during these times? There are many ways, and the important part is that you do something. Consistently. We have chosen a few of our favorites to help you get started.

1. Visibility

Being present is the most important way to boost morale for your team. Stay connected. There is so much fear and uncertainty infiltrating our workforce, and silence is the greatest antagonist. Set up consistent communications, updates, meetings. Zoom is our friend right now, it gives everyone who is chained to their home office an opportunity to remember that we’re all in this together. In these meetings, make sure to be encouraging, informative and make certain to give everyone tasks and keep them accountable by checking in on benchmarks and goals. 

2. Transparency 

Everyone is looking for answers to a multitude of questions, and that includes your team. Maybe they are asking questions that you couldn’t even possibly know the answers to, but you have to give them the information that you do have access to. However, during this dark and uncertain time, it is up to leaders to take a calm and consistent tone coupled with measured actions when it comes to longer-range plans. Be straightforward, but kind. Remember that transparency is the key component to trust from your workforce – think like a reporter and provide constituents the who-what-when-where-why, so they don’t fill in the blanks themselves with rumors.

3. Confidence

Your team will look to their leaders and their response to any given circumstance. Think about when you were younger and you gauged a situation by the reaction of your parents. How you carry yourself and react, along with how you communicate information will be analyzed down to the bones. Understanding the importance of how you remain calm and confident influences your team morale. 

4. Flexibility with Expectations

Be clear on essential daily productivity benchmarks, but be empathetic & flexible with company policies. Crisis WFH conditions present logistical and emotional challenges. Tensions can rise quickly where any combination of family are all in the home during work (spouses, younger children, or college-age students who have returned from campus for the semester, and elder care concerns are all stressors). Keep in mind that we are all humans, and not everyone is accustomed to this new working environment and all the new distractions and stressors that come along with it. Kindness and compassion must be factored into this new work environment, but that does not mean that expectations should fall by the wayside, they just need to be tailored to the reality of the situation. 

5. Resources

Keeping with the theme of “being human”, it is no secret that mental health is a vital issue in this crisis. Because that’s what we are dealing with, a crisis. Along with that comes so many issues that will complicate your workforce’s focus in individual ways. Take time to check in on people individually and provide resources should they be experiencing more anxiety than normal. Connect them with therapists, someone to help guide them through their struggles. Provide them with resources should their family be struggling to put food on the table, a list of local pantries offering free food or reduced pricing. Perhaps you could even start your own community pantry for your workforce, collecting food, toys and hygiene essentials that some members of your team may be in need of. 

Keep Your Chin Up

We know that the most important way to provide this example is also through your own mental strength. Make sure to take care of yourself as the leader, not only to set the example, but also to influence the success of navigating these tough circumstances and remember… we’re all in this together!

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

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New Product Pivot for Businesses During COVID-19


This is a time of creativity. As a business owner or potential business owner, you may find yourself stuck and finding difficulty to move forward in business, whether you are open, closed or just waiting. Wherever you are in the process of your business, under the shadow of the COVID-19 crisis, we want to encourage you to dream. Dream up new products, new services. These can be within your current industry, or maybe you have decided to dip your toes into an entirely new industry. If you’re up against some mental blocks, we can help give you some inspiration for popular types of products that you could possibly explore adding to your business. We’re here to help you get funding, because we know that you may need to invest to build out this new direction!

Masks

Oh, this one is a given. Many businesses have jumped on this wagon, and the demand is high. Clothing companies have found this to be a very natural direction to take by simply repurposing their materials. An article in D Magazine talks about the fashion industry’s role in mask production – the pros and cons. If this is a product you are considering to add, make sure you do your research and air the proper disclaimers. For example, many of the masks being produced are only to serve as a covering to satisfy the mask orders in place across the Nation. If your mask does not meet medical standards, or include a filter, these types of things must be stated. 

Delivery Services

Many businesses in the food and beverage industry are keeping their doors open by offering curbside takeout and delivery. In light of these modifications, delivery services are in demand more than ever, and it’s not just the restaurants who need help getting their products from point A to point B. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses can also use a helping hand, especially with businesses like Amazon’s Whole Foods Delivery Service being overwhelmed by online orders. 

Hand Sanitizers

Even though washing hands under running water is the best way to make sure those pesky germs are being banished, it’s not always a choice when you’re on the go. That’s why people are starting to carry hand sanitizer with them. Businesses have started to cater to this demand by producing their own hand sanitizers for consumers. Distilleries have been one of the industries to start making this pivot – as per an article on CNBC

Start Dreaming Your Next Business Move

These are stressful times for business owners. The best way to relieve stress is through creation – the possibilities are endless and they are out there. Finding a way to be creative and positively influence your future is a win, for sure. Dream up new strategies for your existing business, new campaigns, new products and services, new branding – or just dream up an entirely new business! Start the process of obtaining the funding to make your dreams a reality, you can call us at any time to find out what type of funding we can get to help you make those next moves. 

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584


Clean & Safe During Coronavirus

Tips for Your Business to Stay Safe

While some businesses have hit the “pause” button right now, there are still many businesses running during this time of COVID-19. If you are one of the essential businesses who are still required to bring employees in and/or serve the public, there are some basic but incredibly vital cleanliness/safety procedures that should be followed for your business (For more detailed information, make sure to visit the resource links at the bottom of this article). 

Prioritizing Critical Operations 

Things are going to be a little different around here for a while. That means taking a look at how the business is run, what operations are crucial to staying open, and where you can have certain tasks and team members reporting remotely. As much as you can limit on-site staff, you must make the effort to do so. Now is the time to put trust in your team members who have roles that can be completed from home. 

Educating Your Team

Times like these will exercise your communication muscles. Start by ensuring there are several communication mediums in place so that your team is always informed throughout the evolution of this worldwide crisis. Using group messaging platforms or a mass email communication must be in place so there is back-and-forth communication, but consider also having a dedicated page on your website to update staff daily, and another page to update your customers and clients. 

Daily updates of the progress of the situation and how it affects the businesses are important, but this is also a perfect place to keep a list of safety and hygiene measures that staff must follow if they are coming into the office or servicing clients:

  • Hand Washing
  • Coughing/Sneezing Etiquette
  • Face Mask/Glove Implementation and Procedures
  • Workstation Cleanliness

Make sure to explain how each of these measures should be followed, as well as what the importance is for each. 

If you are providing safety/cleanliness supplies, this should also be communicated. 

Cleaning Your Space

Whether you have a (small, trusted) team coming in to clean the office or if you are cleaning your space personally, it is important that the cleaning procedures are followed closely and thoroughly. Multiple times per day, areas experiencing traffic should be wiped down and disinfected. If deliveries are made to your business, ensure that those delivery personnel are properly covered with masks, and that transfers of goods are completed with as little interaction as possible. Disinfect delivery materials. 

Take the time to consider all the touchpoints in your workplace. Before these times of crisis, it is common to overlook all the avenues that viruses could possibly take to spread. Becoming aware of daily habits and everything that could potentially come in contact with the virus is the best way to prevent it from spreading. Educate yourself, educate others and make sure consistent cleaning procedures are being followed to keep yourself, your staff and your customers safe. 


Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

More resources for keeping your business space as safe as possible:

3 Ways to Keep Your Workplace Clean During Coronavirus Scare

US Chamber of Commerce – Best Practices for Small Businesses

Forbes – 6 Ways To Protect Your Business During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

3 Ways to Keep Building Your Business During COVID-19


We’ve got a mixture of things happening in the business landscape right now, and depending if you are an essential business, an online business, or a non-essential brick-and-mortar, there are definitely things you can be doing to utilize this time. The biggest challenge is for those businesses who are completely stagnant right now, not able to do a lick of business. As frustrating and abysmal as that may be, try to see this time as a gift. A gift to revitalize and evolve your business in a way that you wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. These following points can apply to any kind of business right now, but especially to those who are stuck at the moment.  

  1. Research Your Competition

When everything is in it’s usual fast pace, the world running 1,000 miles a minute, many don’t stop to consider what the competition is doing. Do you know who your competition is? How are they navigating this crisis? How are they treating their employees, and what measures are they taking to contribute to the safety of those employed and those that they serve? How a business reacts in times like these is a great reflection on their character and ethics. It is specifically put under a microscope by society. Check out how other businesses are failing or succeeding at handling the COVID-19 crisis, and make notes to help examine how your business compares, and how it could improve.

  1. Examine Your Business Strategy

Use this time to dive into your overall business strategy. What has been working for you so far, and where are the holes? Checking and adjusting is a constant process, especially in times like these where your strategy may take a completely different turn. How prepared is your business for obstacles like these, and how might you be able to improve your strategy? From your research on the competition, have you noticed concepts, workflows or campaigns that they have put in place that could be worked into your own strategy? Now is the time to pay attention to what has been working for you, or what needs to be modified to further your success.

  1. Utilize Your Marketing

Marketing is one of the most crucial components of your business at this point in time. Whether you are open for business or closed, you should be on top of your marketing to communicate with your audience or potential audience. If you are open, make sure you are constantly updating your followers with your hours of business, specials you may have running, and any other vital information concerning the crisis and how your business is handling things. 

If you are not open for business, that needs to be communicated on your social media as well. But just because you are not open, doesn’t mean you can’t prepare your audience for when you will be again. Right now you have a captive audience, don’t let that pass you by. You have a chance to start getting creative with your marketing, stay present in their minds and get them excited about when they can utilize your services. 

Start Dreaming Your Next Business Move

The best way to relieve stress is through creation. Finding a way to be creative and positively influence your future is a win, for sure. Dream up new strategies for your existing business, new campaigns, new products and services, new branding – or just dream up an entirely new business! Start the process of obtaining the funding to make your dreams a reality, you can call us at any time to find out what type of funding we can get to help you make those next moves. 

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

5 Creative Online Business Ideas


While things may seem a bit glum business-wise, now is a better time than ever to discover your next business move. As we are all staying at home, working remotely when possible, this is the greatest opportunity to find a business that you can run online, whether to cater to the immediate needs or to have a place in the world once everything is running again. We have a few business ideas that you could start streaming your dreaming into now:

Webinar Series

People are a captive audience right now, looking for ways to spend their time. Why not become an educator? With a small investment into the equipment you need to film your series, you could start making your courses now and uploading them onto the web-platform you choose. Depending on your budget, you can also hire a professional to create your website, as well as finding someone to start marketing your webinar through social media or paid online ads. If funding is what you need to get this going, we are here to help!

Freelance Writer

Even with all the closures, the world goes on and businesses still need copy written for blogs, websites, and other marketing materials. If you have the experience, you can create (or hire someone to create) a website to host your work and act as a portal for businesses to access your skills. Market yourself through social media and paid ads et voilà, you can start connecting businesses with your services today. 

Set Up an E-Commerce Site

People are bored and stuck at home, and they are still looking at ways to bide their time. Find a product that you could create from home, or even drop-ship from another facility (like T-shirts) and create a website to host the products. If you have basic web knowledge, you can use Shopify to host your products, or you can even hire someone to do all that technical work for you. Need funds to start this project? We can help!

Self Publish a Book on Amazon

Have you been dreaming of writing or publishing a book, but never had the time to invest into that project until now? Get at it, start writing that book! With so many resources online, such as Amazon, it has never been easier to get that book published. If you can launch your book and get a few hundred sales in the first week, Amazon will take over and start promoting it for you. This way you can make some real money from it. 

Become an Ad Specialist for Facebook Advertising

So many people are using Facebook ads right now, more than ever. It’s how every business is surviving this crisis. What better time to be an asset, than now? A lot of old school businesses don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to Facebook ads. Even newer companies don’t have the time it takes to learn the ins and outs so that they get the most return on their Facebook ads investment.

Consequently, they’re looking for Facebook ad specialists to step in and do it for them. Luckily, this is something you can learn fairly quickly. Once you do, you can reach out to businesses and offer to help create profitable Facebook ads.

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

Of course there are more options, which we will share on our next blog, but the key is to start exploring now. Don’t just sit at home watching Netflix and letting this opportunity go by. If you have the dream, we can help you get the funding to take the next step. 

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584

10 Tips for Working from Home

With all that is going on around the globe right now, many have transitioned to working from the “comfort of their own homes”, and while that sounds like a wonderful concept prior to the experience, you may soon realize that it’s not as easy-going as it sounds. Working from home can bring about some new obstacles that threaten your productivity, especially when you are not used to it. Here are some things you can do to help foster your focus strength:

1. Have a Little Morning Ritual

Having a little ritual to transition you to your desk eases the jolt of starting work in the morning. When you are working at an office or another location, your body and mind have the luxury of building up to your optimal brain energy level. You need time to wake, energize and power up. 

The best way to prepare yourself for productivity is to plan your morning routine around setting yourself up for success, both mentally and physically. Fuel up with a proper nutritious breakfast, get your blood pumping with some exercise or stretching, and maybe even pump yourself up with your favorite tunes. Whatever it is, make it enjoyable and healthy – you’ll notice an immediate uptick in focus and energy throughout your day.  

2. Set Your Work Schedule

It doesn’t have to be 9am- 5pm. That doesn’t work for everyone, and depending on your business, it may not even be necessary. The most important thing is to find something that works for you at the most optimal time and make it consistent. Consistency is key. Routine is key. Getting into a groove is how you create a serious attitude about your work environment, and will also help to prevent you from overworking. 

3. Set Ground Rules for Interactions

Maybe you have roommates, maybe you have extra chatty neighbors, or maybe you just enjoy texting with your friends and family throughout the day. If it is getting in the way of your work and productivity, create boundaries. A great way to do this is to set your phone to a “Do Not Disturb” setting for certain busy hours, or turning your phone off completely if you don’t need it for work or have a separate business line. A little bit of light social contact is healthy when you are isolated from colleagues, but can easily get out of control if you aren’t intentional about it. 

4. Create Your Own “Water Cooler Break”

With that being said, it is important to have a little bit of conversation at designated periods throughout the day to converse with peers. It keeps you from feeling isolated, gives you an opportunity to vent and commiserate if necessary, and can also serve to share inspiration and keep you motivated. Your mind needs the little bit of social relief to keep from getting sucked into a dark work-cycle vortex. Allow yourself a little “Water Cooler Break”. 

5. Schedule Breaks

Breaks should be scheduled – with the exception of bathroom breaks, etc (we’re not trying to make you prisoners over there). If you don’t set guidelines for when you can take a break, it can quickly turn into many little breaks throughout the day, interrupting productivity. While you don’t want to stress yourself out or over work, you have to realize that you are your own main accountability partner. With no one else around to tell you to keep working, it’s easy to slip and play loosey-goosey with your time management. Have the conversation with yourself, set the expectations. 

6. Leave Home

Now obviously this means something a little different for the time-being, with our out-of-home options being minimized for safety reasons, but let’s get creative. It’s not healthy to stay cooked up in the house 24/7 (this goes for life in general), so make it a point to get outside in the sunlight. Take a walk around your neighborhood, take a drive with the windows down and the music up, or even find a friend who has a lovely backyard to take a break in or work out of for a bit. 

7. Get an Accountability Partner

This is important. Going back to our point that you are your main accountability partner, that is still true, but find someone that ideally is in the same situation as you (which will be much more common right now) and ask them to check in on you and vice-versa. Bonus points you can complement each other’s industries and provide a helping hand or advice to each other – after all, we’re all in this together. Having an accountability partner means that you are not alone. It’s easy to get caught up in the cycle, tune everyone out and ultimately burn yourself out. Take the measures to prevent the mental fraying, by seeking out a peer who will partner with you for mental stability and positive support. 

8. Look for Training Opportunities

Add value to your business or your role by discovering training opportunities. You can find these for free on YouTube and all over the internet, on podcasts and websites, and many companies offer these resources to their employees nowadays. If you are a business owner with a team, this is a great asset to search out and offer to your team. The learning process is ongoing and essential to the healthy growth of any business who aims to be successful. With these days leaving you possibly on the lookout for productive ways to fill gaps in your service, it is the best opportunity to invest time in resources and motivation for your team.

9. Be Positive

There are endless ways to keep positive, from funny memes on around your workspace, to uplifting music, and people. The bottom line is that you need to design your work environment to be full of inspirational and motivational elements. Colors, decor, quotes, music, photos…. If it lifts your spirit, it has a place in your space. 

We can always find a million reasons to get bogged down, feel blue or stressed, so be prepared to combat those moments with rays of sunshine, strategically placed where you will see them most often. 

10. End Your Day With a Routine

Having a ritual at the end of the day is just as important as having one to start it off, if not more important. This little ritual is something to look forward to and to celebrate the end of your day with. Maybe it’s something simple like a happy dance to a fun tune, or maybe you are saving a delicious meal as your own reward for making it through another productive day. Perhaps it’s a glass of Pinot Noir, and a call to your favorite person. Whatever it is, let it be a guiding light at the end of a tunnel. We all need one. 

All in it Together

Remember, in these crazy times, we are all going through it. Help each other out when you notice a need, and don’t be too proud to ask for help. We are a community. One of the reasons we love helping business to gain funding is so that they are able to get through the rough patches and grow into the light of success. If you have questions about what kind of funding you could gain access to to help grow your business or get it into a good place, give us a call. 

Thinking of Starting a Remote Business?

It’s becoming all the rage now, with people looking for opportunities and creating new business ideas. If you are one of the bright new entrepreneurs looking to weather this storm by building a strong boat, we can help you find funding options that are right for you. Why wait another moment?

Financial restraints have been a complaint for many of the dreamers, limiting themselves to their immediate funds. There is an alternative. If you have the dreams and decent credit, Small Business Loans and No Doc Loans are available to you. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need and the resources available to make your dream a reality. Give us a call – we have the education and the perspective to help you obtain the loans you need for your small business. Visit our website or give us a call to find out what financial backing is available to make your business soar!

Unsecured Finances has over 10 years in the consulting business! We specialized in educating and assisting clients on acquiring Unsecured Business Loans and Start-Up Business Specialty Loans including; Unsecured No Documentation (No-Doc Stated Income) Loans, Unsecured Business Loans, and Unsecured Start-Up Business Loans and Lines of Credit from $10,000 to $500,000 without Assets.

Apply on our website to find out if you qualify, or call today for a free consultation: 1-888-294-2584