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Your Ultimate COVID Startup Resource Guide

from https://aflo.io/blog-post/Your-Ultimate-COVID-Startup-Resource-Guide

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted businesses across the globe, no matter what industry you’re in. 

We heard from our members about the challenges they’re facing running their businesses, and operational costs are a big part of them. All businesses, especially small businesses, are in survival mode – and we’re here to help you get through this road bump.

Here at AFLO we have a slew of marketing resources (and experts) at your disposal to help you grow your business. In light of COVID-19, some of our marketing experts are offering consultation calls for free to help support your business as you pivot online.

We’ve also created a list of discounted tools to help you cut down costs and run your business more efficiently.

Top Discounted Tools for COVID Survival

Everyone knows how challenging these times are, and many great companies have stepped up to offer discounts:

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Zoom*: Free video conferencing tools for K-12 schools. 
  • Hangouts Meet: Free access to advanced capabilities.
  • RingCentral*: Free video conferencing for educators (K-12 schools), health-care provider, or non-profit.
  • Google: Free, premium version of its workplace video chat tool until July, to help businesses and schools working remotely due to coronavirus. Those features include having up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
  • Slack*: Free upgrade to paid plans for 3 months for non-profit teams work on coronavirus research, response, or mitigation.
  • Workplace by Facebook: Premium version for free for 12 months. For emergency services and government organizations.
  • Microsoft Teams: Free for 6 months for any team moving to remote work.
  • Dialpad: Free Talk Pro and UberConference Business for 2 months.
  • Cisco Webex: Free to all users.
  • Starleaf: Video meeting and messaging for free.
  • Vidyard: Free secure video messaging
  • Jamm: Free voice & video collaboration for remote teams for 3 months.
  • LogMeIn/GoToMeeting: Free site-wide licensing for 3 months of its video conferencing solution, GoToMeeting, for eligible organizations (health care providers, educational institutions, municipalities and non-profits).
  • Intermedia: Video Conferencing and Webinar for free.
  • Ring Central: RingCentral Office for free for teachers, students, healthcare providers, and non-profits.
  • Vonage*: Free 3 months of Vonage Business Communications services for educational, healthcare and non-profit organizations within the US, UK, and Australia.
  • Discord: Free, enhanced Go Live streaming service so that it can now support 50 simultaneous users rather than 10.
  • Panopto: Free three-month access to capture and distribute video content for businesses, universities, colleges and schools will enable employees and students to continue learning and working remotely.
  • BlueJeans*: Free access to video conference service to first responders and NGOs for 90-days.
  • 8×8: Free video meetings to all users. 
  • Lifesize: Free unlimited licenses for all organizations impacted by coronavirus worldwide are immediately eligible to use the company’s cloud-based video collaboration platform for six months.
  • Ribbon Communications: Free Work@Home licenses are available until June 30, 2020. 
  • Panopto: Free three-month access to capture and distribute video content for businesses, universities, colleges and schools will enable employees and students to continue learning and working remotely.
  • Yext: Free, new site search product, Yext Answers, for a 90-day period. 
  • Threads: Pro and Team plans for free.
  • Yac: Free for 3 months.
  • Flock:  Flock Pro for free

COLLABORATION AND PRODUCTIVITY

  • Microsoft: Free six-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams.
  • Atlassian: Free access to Cloud products for issue-tracking and project-tracking software including Jira and Confluence. 
  • Zoho: Free suite of Remotely apps until July 1. 
  • Dropbox*: Free Dropbox Business and HelloSign Enterprise subscriptions for a 3-month period to nonprofits and NGOs that are focused on fighting COVID-19. 
  • Box: Free secure file sharing and collaboration platform for 3 months. 
  • Wrike: Free licenses of the PRO edition available to new customers for 6 months. 
  • Smartsheet: Free templates that can be used by other organizations to build their own coronavirus preparedness dashboard, rich with CDC documentation and other resources, and related sheets and forms.
  • PandaDoc*: Free eSign plan gives companies unlimited users, unlimited document uploads, unlimited eSignatures and payment processing.
  • Docusign: Free access to Docusign for managing electronic agreements.
  • Lucidchart: Free single user account with access to Lucidchart introductory library and basic templates. 
  • Airtable*: Free use of Airtable Pro plan as a modern database for any non-political, humanitarian effort tackling COVID relief. 
  • Calendly*: Free Zoom And GoToMeeting integrations for their online appointment scheduling software to help remote workers stay connected. 
  • Evernote: Free sign up and access of Evernote Basic plan. 
  • Project44: Free tracking for organizations to help them support coronavirus relief and prevention efforts.
  • GanttPRO*: Free account till August 15, 2020, for healthcare and non-profit organizations. 
  • Nimbus Note: Free Business Version for next few months. 
  • Threads: Free access to their collaboration tools and Pro/Team plans for all users through July 1, 2020.
  • RedmineUP: Free Small plan for 10 users until the end of the year. 
  • Igloo Software: Free access to digital workspace solution with Igloo’s Business Continuity Bundle for new customers until July 6, 2020.
  • GForge: Free 12 months for organizations new to GForge in both SaaS or on-premises
  • Drag: Drag pro for free until June 30th.

MARKETING

  • Hootsuite: Free access for Hootsuite Professional to small businesses and nonprofits until July 1st, 2020. 
  • Salesforce*: Free access to technology for emergency response teams, call centers and care management teams for health systems affected by coronavirus.
  • Mailchimp*: Free Standard accounts to eligible groups sending critical public health information about COVID-19 through June 30, 2020.
  • SurveyMonkey: Free questionnaire templates written by survey research experts to gather data/feedback from employees, customers and broader groups impacted by the coronavirus.
  • Ubersuggest: Free plan for Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest, which helps you generate keywords for your content marketing strategy and production.
  • Adobe*: Free home access to Creative Cloud apps is available by request of students and educators until May 31, 2020. Adobe also offers free 90-day access to Adobe Connect for web conferencing until July 1, 2020.
  • Chamaileon.io : Free plan for email design editor tool.

SECURITY & IT SUPPORT

  • Cisco: Free license for new customers of Duo Security’s two-factor authentication tool, and current customers can go above their user limit as their employees increasingly work from home
  • ThousandEyes: Free End User Monitoring for 3 months.
  • IGLOO: Free business continuity bundle
  • Support.com: Free tech support to anyone working or studying remotely right now.
  • Okta: Free access to Okta Single Sign-On (SSO) and Okta Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).
  • Rublon: Free MFA/2FA for 6 months.
  • ManageEngine: Free IT Security apps.
  • Kaspersky: Free six-month licenses for core solutions. 
  • Ping Identity: Free cloud single sign-on (SSO) and multi-factor authentication (MFA). 
  • 1Password: Free business accounts for the first 6 months. 
  • SecureAuth: Free Intelligent Identity Cloud package through 12/15/2020, including: Risk-based Multi Factor Authentication (MFA), Single Sign-On (SSO) and Passwordless/Biometric Access and Phone Fraud Prevention.
  • Cloudfare: Free Teams products to small businesses and remote workers to operate securely and easily.
  • Bitdefender: Free 12 months of enterprise-grade, end-to-end protection services available to healthcare customers until the end of June 2020.
  • Slashtop: Free 60-day licenses to its Business Access remote access software.
  • SentinelLabs: Free cybersecurity platform SentinelOne Core between Monday, March 16 through Friday, May 16, 2020.
  • OneClick: Free remote access Basic Starter Package for the next three months to assist those working remotely.
  • TechSmith: Free licenses to TechSmith Snagit screen capture software and the TechSmith Video Review software through June 30th, 2020.
  • Clappia: Free licenses to the Nocode platform for apps created to implement COVID19 use cases.
  • Ericom Shield: Free trial of Ericom Shield remote browser isolation (RBI) technology protects endpoints and enterprise resources from the dangers of the public web, bringing Zero Trust security to browsing, email and downloads.
  • Systancia: Free teleworking service from Systancia Gate.
  • Commvault: Free Metallic Endpoint Backup and Recovery with unlimited Microsoft Azure backup storage for up to 1,000 endpoint devices, in the U.S. and Canada through September 1, 2020.
  • Aventri*: Free registration and software can to set up online sign ups or informational websites for meal pick up times, volunteer sign ups, online learning, aid requests and more.
  • Creatio (formerly bpm’online)*: Free customer center edition to organizations working to stop the spread and/or mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 through October 1, 2020. 
  • DH2i: DxOdyssey service for free.
  • Beyond Trust: Free secure remote access app for 3 months.

R&D

  • Qualtrics*: Free for all organizations to use Qualtrics Remote Work Pulse.
  • Nvidia*: Free 90-day license to Parabricks to any researcher in the worldwide effort to fight the novel coronavirus.
  • Autodesk: Free access to select Autodesk products and services. 
  • Carto*: Free visualization software for organizations fighting COVID-19.

ACCOUNTING

  • Bill.com: Free 90-day subscription for new customers impacted by COVID-19. 
  • Expensify: Reimburse you up to $50 for essential goods and groceries purchased on your SNAP card.
  • Wave: Free financial software solutions (accounting, bookkeeping, invoicing) for small businesses to help with cash flow.
  • Kabbage: Free account through Kabbage Payments, and you can start sharing your custom gift certificate URL on your website, through social media and in other communications. 

HR

  • Workable: Free video interviewing software for all customers, and access to a library of Covid-19 response content for use by HR professionals and business leaders.
  • HR Acuity: Free version of its SaaS solution to help businesses manage employee issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 
  • Lever: Free video interviewing for 1:1s and panels via Zoom Integration. 
  • Harver: Free pre-employment assessment platform for hiring at scale for those affected by COVID-19. 
  • OutMatch: Free access to OutMatch’s video interviewing platform for 60 days.
  • Lystloc: Free Lystloc Office (Remote) User & API licenses for organizations fighting COVID-19 till June 1st, 2020. 

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

DESIGN

TRAINING & SKILLS UPGRADING

While this will no doubt be a difficult time for many, sitting at home presents a great opportunity to upgrade and learn new skills to help run a better business:

  • Moz Academy: SEO courses in Moz Academy are free. Just log in to your moz.com account (or sign up for free if you don’t have one). Use the code “wegotthis” at checkout to redeem your training.
  • Class Central: Upgrade your general education with 500+ free courses form Ivy League schools
  • Linkedin: Free 16 learning courses that provide tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.
  • Codeacademy: Free 10,000 scholarships to Codecademy Pro to high school and post-secondary students across the world for the rest of the school year. 
  • Avid: Free, temporary licenses of creative tools to qualified media enterprise and educational customers.