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The coronavirus pandemic has indeed subjected many businesses to untold suffering and losses. If your business is struggling, now is not the time to give up. Instead, you should think of ways to remain afloat during these difficult moments. For a small business, there is a lot of pressure to perform after launch. This often leads to the failure of roughly 20% of small businesses. On the contrary, as many as 45% fail within their first five years. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, their chances of remaining afloat have become slimmer. As such, the number of bankruptcies has risen more than ever before, with Bloomberg's report showing that bankruptcies have increased by over 36%. While bankruptcies cannot be overstated, there are many ways for small business owners to safeguard against the folding over. Here are a few of them.

  • Take advantage of the existing government programs

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is one of the programs that have assisted many businesses to remain afloat during the pandemic. The program, which was created through the Coronavirus AID, Relief, and Economic Security Act, has assisted more than 800,000 businesses distributing more than $210 billion in loans. Although the PPP ended in May, you can look for other similar opportunities provided by other agencies or institutions. These loans will keep you going until things return to normal. If one institution fails to consider your loan request, try another. Start by looking at the banks that you have a higher chance of getting a loan and go for it.

  • Renegotiate the existing contracts and loans

Payment terms and timelines might be affected substantially by the pandemic. This might leave your small business unable to repay its loans or complete all the contracts due to financial constraints. However, you can avoid problems with your financiers or clients by renegotiating the loans or contracts that you currently have. Look at your account payable and find how you can renegotiate them to favor your current situation. Although some of your clients might not agree, others will understand your situation. You can also talk to your property owner regarding rent payment.

  • Minimize staff costs

Although it may be a painful decision, you should consider reducing your staff as much as possible. Try furloughing or layoffs to reduce the amount of money you spend on employees. This is often the most sensitive area that needs to be handled with care considering its effects on the future of your organization.  For those who remain, consider pay cuts until things improve. 

  • Collect the debts

Money that people or companies owe you can save your business from going under. Although the time is difficult for everybody, some of those who owe you may have the ability to pay. Therefore, you should reach out to them and collect this cash. If there is an invoice you have been holding until work is completed, do not wait any further—Bill for the portion that has been completed. You can also ask your customers for prepayment for a service. This strategy will allow your business to stay alive. Consider giving those who pay upfront a discount to attract them.

If you feel that you have done all it takes but are still unable to pay your bills, seek advice from an attorney. They might have a word or two on how you should move ahead. Some of the advice from your attorney may turn things around and shed more light on what you should or should not do or the procedure of filing for bankruptcy. The good news is that businesses will recover soon, and you will embark on normal service provision.

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