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PAY IT FORWARD: Free & discounted training, services & products to keep your business keeping on

- June 18, 2020 14 MIN READ

Here’s a rolling list of offers and events, online workshops and training that soloists in our community are offering to help support you and your business as we navigate the uncertainty. We are stronger and better together. If you have something to add to this list, please reach out: lucy@pinstripemedia.com.au 

If there’s one thing Flying Solo does right it’s community, with over 100,000 of you online (usually from your home offices) almost everyday sharing tips, experiences and a large dose of good humour. But In the past week as things take an economic turn for the uncertain, these wonderful qualities have become even more noticeable. I have received emails and LinkedIn messages from so many of you offering support and services to our small business community to help us hustle through the chaos.

It’s inspirational, motivating and a wonderful reminder that even at the worst of times, people are good. Thank you!

Here’s a rolling list of offers and events, online workshops and training that soloists in our community are offering to help support you and your business as we navigate the uncertainty. We are stronger and better together. If you have something to add to this list, please reach out: lucy@pinstripemedia.com.au 

Also, don’t forget our Flying Solo forums, a hive of activity on a normal day the past two weeks have seen this marketplace of wisdom, advice and ideas just take off. If you have a question, I know you’ll find an answer there. 

ONLINE EVENTS, LEARNING & TRAINING 

Digital Manifesto: online strategy and creative technology
We’re offering a reduced rate for our services.

  1. Writing for the web, document editing and copywriting: Our team of expert writers and editors can review your documents and recommend changes to grammar, spelling, style and readability. We can also write copy from scratch for your website, marketing collateral or any other written material.
  2. Optimising your online presence: If you need to get your business online, but aren’t sure where to start, we can help. We’ll look at your business proposition and your target audience and recommend how to go online effectively.

Just email hello@digitalmanifesto.com.au to get started.

Diploma of Event Management
 50% off scholarships until further notice
Payment plans on remaining balance for further support.
Visit www.EMinstitute.com.au for details

Rhonwyn Learner, Business In Training

(FREE) COVID-19 SME STRATEGY SESSIONS

Every Monday at 12:30pm (Brisbane time)

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/covid-19-sme-strategy-sessions-tickets-101160238998

Another Start Up Specialist will be joining this coming Monday (27th April) but other Consultants will join in on different sessions. Please read the Session info for further details.

500 fully-funded scholarships 

500 fully-funded scholarships that would be ideal for the soloist or an offer they could extend to their employees who might be short on work at the moment.

https://www.kaplanprofessional.edu.au/goodwill-scholarships/

The Human Resources Society

The HR Society is offering 50% off our Diploma of Human Resource management until further notice. . Plus offering payment plans on the remaining fees.
This is a nationally accredited course to become a HR professions.

Michelle Doorey, Beagle Bookkeeping Services

I am happy to offer a 50% discount to any of my monthly bookkeeping packages for the first 6 months for businesses that need to get their accounts and BAS lodgements up to date to take advantage of the Government stimulus measures available. This also includes help in setting up and managing the JobKeeper payment for employers.

My packages can be found on my website here https://beaglebookkeeping.com.au/services/bookkeeping-packages/

Or, alternatively, I can be contacted via email at michelle@beaglebookkeeping.com.au

Lucinda Lions owner at Slogan Creator and Lion Writing

100% FREEBIE! * Learn how to write a business slogan with my comprehensive e-Workbook, How to Write a Sizzling Business Slogan.  This resource is not sold on my website, so drop me a quick line and I’ll shoot it over as soon as I can. (Depending on when you get in touch, please allow a day or two.)

In the fillable PDF e-Workbook, I walk you through the entire process of writing your business slogan with:

  • Easy step-by-step instructions
  • Simple templates
  • Practical examples

If you’ve always wanted to create a catchy slogan or update your existing one, now is the time, especially while this e-Workbook is completely free.

This gift comes to you with a sanitised, virtual handshake 🙂

Your slogan is going to be AMAZING! Wishing you strength, safety and productivity during these unusual times.

Kate Toon, SEO expert and founder of Kate Toon

Kate’s offering her Free SEO Course right now. Check it out.

Karen Hollenbach, Top 10 Asia Pacific LinkedIn Expert

Transform your LinkedIn Profile in 5 easy steps with this free program. Sign up for Think Bespoke’s COMPLIMENTARY 5 week LinkedIn Profile Email Program.  Receive an email from Karen Hollenbach once a week for 5 weeks with tips to update your LinkedIn Profile and stand out from the crowd online. Sign up here

Korryn Haines, Encore Admin Consulting

“I have actually just pushed live my first own online course that I aim to help small business owners structure their admin in a more systematic way, I’d happily do a $20 off code for Flying Solo (so $77 instead of $97). To access the discount simply use the discount code FLYINGSOLO on checkout.”

https://www.encoreadminconsulting.com.au/structure-your-business-admin-course/

“I also have a free online course which teaches my best productivity tips for using G Suite (it’s on Skillshare which has a free trial period)”

https://skl.sh/2StAjaz

Shoaib Mughal, SEO + Google Ads Expert in Sydney: Marketix

I am offering free mini strategy + SEO audits, to help you get your website SEO in order with a game plan. I am also offering 50% off all of my services for up to 6 months (SEO, Google Ads Management, CRO, Digital Marketing)

Lucy Bingle, LinkedIn Expert: www.lucybingle.com

“We are now offering 3 new products online (delivered by me on Zoom) at reduced rates. All sessions tailored to the company and industry.”

  1.       LinkedIn Strategy Sessions – perfect for marketing departments
  2.       LinkedIn strategy + training sessions – perfect for Flying Solo community
  3.       LinkedIn Training Sessions – perfect for SMEs and large organisation

Kate Martin, PA Pages

“I have opened free access to the PA Pages online summit for 2018 and 2019 for those wanting to be productive and missing out on training events from them being cancelled.”

www. pages.com.au/2019summit

DISCOUNT SERVICES & PRODUCTS & TOOLS

Boost IT

Free Web Hosting – 12 months

Supporting our local business community is more important than ever. Boost IT would like to offer Flying Solo Members 12 months obligation free business grade Web hosting.

What you receive:

 12 months free business-grade web hosting.

100% obligation free. No credit cards required. Your website will be on a Business Plan designed for better performance that has great specs and in a Sydney Data Center  (valued at $380).

 Local reliable service from our team based in Australia.

Speak to local technicians. Say goodbye to anonymous call centers and frustrating chatbot experiences.

 Your website will load faster from an Australian data center.

Every second counts in online customer service.

 Includes a free SSL certificate for 12 months.

 Includes a free migration service from your existing provider.

 

Remove the cost of one essential service for 12 months. Plus access a suite of website services and online marketing resources and advice to help your business through the impacts of COVID-19.

To take advantage of this offer please go to https://www.boostit.com.au/free-website-hosting/ and fill out the “register now” form at the bottom of the page.

 

Veromo

Veromo is a smart business start up engine that has navigated  the red tape and roadblocks holding many new business owners back from going it alone. We are offering the following 3 offers:

1. $50 OFF our Company Starter Package – $695inc GST

Promo Code:  FS$50OFF when checking out to get $50 off the full price of our company starter package.
Our  Company Starter Package includes:
  • Company ABN Registration
  • ACN registration
  • Domain Name Registration (2 years)*
  • GST registration
  • PAYG Reminders
  • TFN for Business
  • Extras
    • Company Register incl ASIC Certificate & Documents (PDF)
    •  Veromo Adminimiser Registration renewal reminders
    • Secure online business document storage
    • Access to our custom educational guides + resources
    • Veromo Welcome Pack incl. hard copy registrations
2. $30 OFF our Partnership Package – $199 inc GST
Promo Code: FS$30OFF when checking out to get $30 off the full price of our Partnership Packages
Our  Partnership Package includes:
  • ABN Registration
  • Business Name Registration
  • Domain Name Registration (2 years)*
  • GST registration
  • PAYG Reminders
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Partnership Checklist
  • Extras
    • Veromo Adminimiser Registration renewal reminders
    • Secure online business document storage
    • Access to our custom educational guides + resources
    • Veromo Welcome Pack incl. hard copy registrations
3. $20 OFF our Partnership Package – $139 inc GST
Promo Code: FS$20OFF when checking out to get $20 off the full price of our Sole Trader Package
Our Sole Trader Package includes:
  • ABN Registration
  • Business Name Registration
  • Domain Name Registration (2 years)*
  • GST registration
  • PAYG Reminders
  • Extras
    • Veromo Adminimiser Registration renewal reminders
    • Secure online business document storage
    • Access to our custom educational guides + resources
    • Veromo Welcome Pack incl. hard copy registrations

Jennifer De Luca, Virtuoso Travel Advisor

“My offer is to assist anyone that has a travel related question or help getting through to the company they have booked with. At the moment the telephone lines are jammed with travellers calling travel companies to ask questions or get refunds/travel credits. As a travel agent I have access to various helplines and contacts of real people. I would like to offer anyone that is having issues with their credit/refunds the chance to chat with me and see if I can expedite the situation for them. I am happy to do this whether they have booked with me or not. I am hoping that my offer may save them valuable time waiting on hold. Even if I can’t get them a refund I can point them in the right direction of what they need to do next and the best way to go about it.”

John Carson, Academy Business Consulting

“I would like to offer the Flying Solo community a 25% discount off the ticket price of our unique start up workshop events. We are currently offering the same discount on our website however only for the next 7 days; I would like to offer the community this same discount anytime they reserve their tickets prior to commencement. I sincerely believe the workshops offer a rare and special opportunity to gain incredible insights, insider knowledge, strategies and valuable tools from industry experts. I would also like to offer our stand alone business consulting with a full suite of professional services to the community at a reduced rate, in fact half price. I have included a link to our workshop event website for your reference. Here: https://www.businessworkshopevents.com/”

 

Digital Care Package for Small Aussie Businesses

Elegant Mind’s digital care package is packed with a ton of resources that your small business can take advantage of post-lockdown, including : 

  • A comprehensive list of Australian council grants and other funding opportunities
  • Free or Discounted Digital Resources
  • Free educational courses and certifications from industry experts.
Head on over to https://www.em.net.au/digital-care-package/ to get your copy today. Contact us at info@em.net.au if you need assistance with your grants, or if you have queries with the digital care package.

Polina Radchenko e-design 

Do you find yourself spending more and more time at home and long for it to feel like a sanctuary? Are you looking to redesign your WFH office to fit your daily routine better without spending too much money in the process? With E-Design you can enjoy expert help at a fraction of the cost. I can help you assess your current setup and visualise your dream space to ensure you spend wisely and create a design you absolutely love for 75% off (valued at $400). 

Book online: www.polinaradchenko.com/e-design. To redeem, enter code PAYITFORWARD at checkout.

Cynch provides everything a micro-small business needs to securely operate from home, at the office and in the cloud.

To help more Australian small businesses emerge from this crisis Cyber Fit, we’re offering 30% off new memberships for a limited time.

To find out more, visit: https://cynch.com.au/

Deague Group

We would like to offer 15% off our virtual office services. Terms and conditions apply, for full terms and conditions contact us today

Email: http://salesreception@deaguegroup.com.au/

Connexus 

50% off our CloudLine phone service – Was $30 now $15/month. That’s typically 3x cheaper than Telstra or the other big telcos.

               Unlimited calls to local, national, 13/1300 and AU mobile – No bill shock

                Includes Voicemail to Email and Call Forwarding features

                FREE mobile app for ‘anywhere’ calling

                FREE setup & no contract required

                FREE to BYO numbers from another phone provider

Learn more at https://www.connexus.com.au/business-line or call 1800 430 944

Rashida Tayabali Copywriter

FREE content audit report (usually valued at $297)

 
Thinking about creating content for your business but not sure how or where to look? I help you uncover the hidden content gems in your business + examples so that you always have a steady source of ideas to choose from.
Simply email me rashida@rashidatayabali.com.au with your business website link and I’ll send your report within 48 hours.
 Vanessa Emilio, Practice Director, Legal123 Pty Ltd

FREE LEGAL GUIDE: to help you navigate your requirements with COVID-19 situations. Our latest guide answers 20 of the most frequently asked legal questions about the impact of the Coronavirus on Australians and Australian businesses.

The guide is divided into the following sections:

  • Refunding customers and clients
  • Cancellation or termination of contracts
  • Employer obligations to employees and contractors
  • Paying rent on commercial or residential property
  • Government assistance plans

Click here to check out: Legal Guide to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’ll be updating this guide as more information becomes available and legal issues raised by COVID-19 come to light.

Hope this is helpful to all!

Ian Woodhouse, Nimble Coaching 

“As our way of giving back to our business communities – we’re offering some free business coaching sessions to help keep you going through this difficult period. If you’re struggling and you’d like some advice or even a sounding board to maybe bounce some ideas off, just book in a time on the link below or feel free to give me a call  and we’ll see how we can help you out. It’s obligation free and there’s nothing to sell, it’s just our way of serving and helping the best way that we know how.

https://calendly.com/nimblecoach/30min

Michael Grunwald, Psychologist – Counsellor – Mediator

I’m happy to provide no-gap video-counselling to Flying Solo members if they have a mental health plan from their GP – the government has extended the Medicare cover for mental health to include telecounselling to everyone with a mental health plan/referral.

Mums & Co’s COVID-19 Taskforce offering

Mums & Co is providing immediate support to the 345,000 Australian Business owning mothers for the next 3 months wherever they are, whenever they wish, whatever the size, sector or location of their business. Mums & Co is offering resources and supports free of charge for the next three months, including:

  • A series of 15x webinars addressing relevant and timely topics such as working from home with kids, finance and accounting, legal, HR, technology and marketing.

  • 3 months complimentary access to Mums & Co Membership benefits (valid to end Financial Year 30 June 2020)

  • Access to one-on-one online meetings with business leader experts

  • Anytime 24/7, anywhere support via an AI driven chatbot

All of the webinars can currently be accessed free of charge.

Alec Lynch, founder of DesignCrowd

We are contributing free logos on BrandCrowd for small businesses well as other discounts and a CEO pledge published here on the #OpenWeStand website. We’re the only Australian-headquartered tech company to be part of the movement alongside GoDaddy other US tech companies like Slack and Salesforce who are also providing helpful resources for small businesses. Free logos,  discounted premium logos, discount custom design on DesignCrowd

Tom Cameron, founder of Todo  https://todo.vu 

We have recently upgraded our Free Solo plan to include our full suite of features – this is a great tool for freelancers or solo workers to track business, manage customers, track time and bill time. For solo users it is absolutely free and a great way to keep in touch with your clients.
We have also discounted our Team plan, added a capped pricing and we are very willing to offer personalised discounts to Australian businesses needing support.

Julian Corley, Hively

Hively is a tool for gathering feedback from your customers. You just paste a snippet into your email signature and you’re ready to go. Check out the explainer video for a quick overview. We have a ‘Free forever’ plan which is quite similar to the paid plans less some customisation options and is limited to three users per account (perfect for soloists!).

Yash Arora, ThinkWiser Pty Ltd

I would like to offer some Free Accounting & Tax Services to Small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Please reach out  via our website.

Tom Valcanis, I Sell Words 

I’m offering half-rates for consulting, editing, and proofreading during the crisis.

This is helpful if you need a “sanity check” or additional research to ensure your communications are clear, compassionate, and free of errors. The spread of disinformation is something all of us want to avoid.

I’m also offering 25% off copywriting for new website pages and product descriptions, helpful for businesses transitioning from a face-to-face operation to online.

As always, half-rates apply to not-for-profit organisations and/or community organisations for all work.

Lastly, I have special codes for two months’ free Skillshare, as I run a course on there about better business writing. Skillshare is a platform where you can learn new skills around almost anything you can think of: writing, photography, web design, crafts – you name it. (If you’ve seen a YouTube video in the last few months, you’ve probably heard of it!) Just email me and I’ll send you the link.

Jessica Osborn, founder of Jessica Osborn

I’m currently offering 30% off Business JAM – a full-featured online course teaching marketing strategy and online systems for services businesses. It’s the piece many people gloss over, the core strategy for your business so you know how to design your packages, pricing and build your marketing funnel to attract the right people and convert them,. You’ll also learn about automation and online systems for greater efficiency, to have a profitable business that fits into your lifestyle.  With over 60 training videos, templates, worksheets and tools, there’s a LOT of value included, plus for anyone enrolling now, I’m giving lifetime access so you can do it at your own pace and benefit from future updates and additions to the content.  I also provide daily online support for questions and live Q&A – because I know it helps to get specific feedback for your own situation. Here is all the detail. 

Tony Phelps, Winch Websites

I’d like to offer 90% off a Website Review & Audit with report ($199 -> $19.80) plus 30 minutes to discuss the results. Use this time to strengthen and build your website for the (inevitable!) recovery when it finally comes. Visit winchwebsites.com.au  then, click the Book Now button, and enter a coupon code of COVID19 (a 90% discount should be applied). (Available to the end of April, and response times subject to demand – there’s only 1 of me! ☺)

Abbie White, The Execution Zone

In light of the COVID-19 situation we have decided to rally the troops in support of other businesses. We want to spread the generosity epidemic of free resources and tools for Australian businesses from real experts.

Our free of charge membership will provide you with an online portal of resources including guidance from HR, Legal, IT, Sales, Insurance and other experts. We would love you to join us and/or contribute resources in your areas of expertise.

Join free here: welcome.theexecutionzone.com

Alice Almeida, founder of Almeida Insights

In these hard times, developing Insights around your consumers, product or brand can help you survive this crisis. Almeida Insights would like to help you by offering 30% off all research projects in the next 3 months. Reach out to Alice to discuss this more via our website: https://almeidainsights.com.au/

Rachel Boros, Freelance Copywriter and Virtual Assistant at SB Creations

I am offering:

  • Half price blog writing – usually valued at $225 now only $115 (500 – 800 word blog, with SEO formatting and assistance uploading to website if needed)
  • Half price website checks – usually valued at $225 now only $115 (I review all copy, highlight any typos, suggest improvements to copy or images, can also check the SEO at the back end)
  • Half price rates on any VA service until the end of the year (data entry, typing, document formatting, social media management, database management.. and more)
  • FREE proofreading of any copy under 1,000 words (I will proofread any copy under 1,000 words so if you have written a blog or series of emails, shoot it over to me and I will send it back with track changes)

Terry Hoyle, Hills Web Design 

FREE SERVICE Coronavirus (Covid-19) Alert on their homepage for Flying Solo Members

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Alert on their homepage which could link to the dept of health or a page with some information that they wish to provide.
I have been doing it for my clients but if there are small businesses out there who don’t know how to do this or don’t want to be charged by their web designer to do this then I am happy to help them for free.

DISCOUNT SERVICE – 30% off New Responsive Websites for Flying Solo Members

With the governments increase to the instant tax write off there is no better time than now update their tired old website into a new responsive website with SEO built in as a standard inclusion.
Adding online services is important now more than ever. Businesses need to find a way to support their customers online and we can definitely help.

Tammy Tansley, founder of Tammy Tansley Consulting

I have ten books of my book – Do What You Say You’ll Do to give away. (Send us a DM or email if you’d like one, with postage details to send: lucy@pinstripemedia.com.au)

I am also providing HR advice to businesses for $50 +GST (per consultation/issue).

Paul White, Fluent Proposals

Developing winning tenders and proposals can be hard at the best of times. But when times are tough, it’s critical that you articulate real value to your customers – and that you make it clear why you’re their best option. To help, we’re offering a free proposal assessment. Send us a recent proposal and we’ll provide you with clear metrics on its strengths and weaknesses. We’ll also help you understand the likely root causes – giving you clarity on what’s working well and what you can improve. To see how you make it easier to win work, simply get in touch through our website or email.

Kim Storey, Avalind Photography

I’m offering $50 off a family photography gift voucher (for up to 8 people) with a three year expiry, so it’s use is not affected by the current situation. Also about to offer free postage on any book orders from my website www.whatdoesafarmerlooklike.com

Mark, Couchmate Sales

My company – Couchmate (www.couchmate.com.au) is offering a 20% discount (code 20OFF)

We’re taking the hit pretty badly so any help would be highly appreciated.

David Cavigan, Urban Statistic

The attached PDF provides the speed at which demand data is moving ahead of supply data for houses and units for every location in Australia for the last three months.  For example, if the Urban Total Performance is >0 demand is moving faster than supply, however, <0 means supply is moving faster than demand.  Its a good tool for people to determine where and when to buy property based on moving data.  Its objective and devoid of personal opinion.

Sarah Walkerden, The Rural Copywriter 

“I’m a Copywriter / Content Marketer / Website Specialist and I’m offering 25% off my normal copywriting rates for SEO Website Copywriting and Content Marketing/Blog Posts. Wanting to help support as many businesses as possible – and while I’ve recently niched into rural and regional businesses, I’m happy to help anyone. I’m also offering affordable and quick eCommerce websites, built on the BigCommerce platform, starting from just $500, to help get any struggling retail businesses online, as easily as possible. I handle all the tech stuff and design and then providing training on how they can manage products and orders themselves. And – I can offer free website reviews, where I can assess and provide advice on design, layout and copywriting/messaging.”

FREE templates, apps and applications 

Vloggi is a free platform for small groups wanting to make video compilations with clips sourced from their community. At this time Vloggi have removed limits for the casual tier to allow small groups to create video stories of their experience and lives.  Get your free trial.

MICROSOFT: New in March 2020, a free 6-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, is now available. Microsoft is making this special E1 Trial license available in response to the increased need for employees to work from home (WFH) in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.