TIMES OF CRISIS ARE ALSO TIMES OF OPPORTUNITY

The World in general has faced many disasters that has led to massive economic and social changes to mankind instances of 1st WorldWar and 2nd WordWar, the Great Depression in 1911 and the Great Fire of London in 1666, all this instances led to the GLOBAL RECESSION that saw the world see brilliant men of the day who reimagined and redesigned the world to be a better place. What is happening right now with the pandemic of Covid19 is representing a global upheaval that will surely change things as we know them now in the future. Yaro Starak wrote an article titled “THE 2020 SHIFT: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity for Online Educators” that talked about how millions of people around the world are currently doing their day jobs from home and that they are discovering that the internet liberates us from old ways of doing things and being forced into remote working isn’t a bad idea since it saves huge amounts of time that would have rather been spent on commuting, constant interruptions of office life and sitting in staff meetings, quarantine is showing us that the way we used to work everyone going to the office from 9-5 was just a mind set and in fact it’s an outdated concept that belongs to another era. But with all this we need to consider that there is another category of workers – the newly unemployed or those that their resources were cut off and also the once that have been regarded as non-essential workers, this are the people who have borne the full brunt of the corona crisis since most have lost their jobs and also they have been furloughed. Many of these people will be turning to the internet looking at how to start a side hustle online, start working as freelancers and also how to continue teaching their skills to others and learning new skills too, this means that the internet will gatecrash our lives in a major way and if history is any guide to follow, we won’t be going back to the way things were before. Through the internet there are companies offering free services to cushion the people during this crisis through the internet offering their paid tools, services, courses, and various other resources free of cost. The examples are:

Cloudflare-A brilliant and most popular solution for protecting and speeding up your website, Cloudflare is making its enterprise-grade features available to you for no cost.

Also, you get a 30-minute onboarding session with one of their experts. Just fill their form and get started.

Indusface-Indusface believes though everyone is moving to work from home there is no change to the risk of your websites and applications. In fact, online transactions will increase and these are times to be even more careful and take proactive steps to protect your digital assets. Indusface already has a free forever service to provide security assessment for your websites and you can onboard within a few minutes.

In addition to this Indusface is offering an additional one-month usage of its paid service during this period.

Google Hangouts-If you’re an existing customer for G-Suite and/or G-Suite Enterprise for Education, then you’re eligible to grab their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities. This offer is valid until July 1, 2020. So, if you’re a student or a business that’s into video conferencing, you should definitely check this one out.

Zoom-Video conferencing can be really essential for schools, which is why Zoom is lifting its 40-minute time limit restriction on free basic accounts. This means there will be no interruption between communications

1Password-One of the most secure password managers out there, 1Password in a bid to ease the situation for everybody, has removed their 30-day trial period and introduced six months free plan instead.

If you’ve always wanted to use a password manager to store all your passwords, this is the time.

Smart Passive Income-online business resources, including a bunch of podcasts, guides, and his courses.

Brit.co-Would you like to learn drawing, illustrating, editing, and other creative stuff? Then here’s some good news. Brit.co is offering ALL of their classes for free when you use the code “SELFCARE” during checkout. They have really cool ones out there that you don’t want to miss.

Monday-If you’re a non-profit organization, then you can use Monday’s complete platform free of cost. You’ll also get the required support to set things up and to run. Just simply reach out to them and grab your membership.

Airtable-Great for keeping your work organized, Airtable is making their pro plans for free with absolutely no time limit. You can grab this offering if you’re either a student or a non-political humanitarian group working on COVID-19 relief efforts. It has been absolutely invaluable to organizing our efforts to get #MasksNow into the hands of everyone who needs them. @masksnoworg has tripled our volunteer base in the past few days, and we couldn’t do it without the tools we’ve been able to deploy. Thank you!

Not only that, but they’ve also opened their enterprise-only live training for all.

Appian-helps you seamlessly manage the health and safety of your employees. In response to the outbreak, they’re offering their solution at no cost for everybody, including organizations with over 1,000 employees.

During this time, a solution like this would come more than handy for any company.

Calendly-A powerful and feature-packed scheduling software, Calendly is currently offering free Zoom and GoToMeeting integrations to help everyone stay connected even remotely.  If you’ve been a Calendly user and wanted this integration, then you should make use of this right now.

Workplace- is an amazing solution from Facebook that helps you collaborate with teams and improve workflow massively. Usually, Workplace’s pricing plans start from $4/month/user, but currently, they’re offering their advanced plan free of cost to emergency services and government organizations for 12 months.

Freshworks-For the next six months, Freshworks is offering its customer engagement tools, Freshchat and Freshcaller, at no cost to small businesses with less than 50 employees. This tool will allow you to easily work from home with your employees and continue your normal workflow.

Hootsuite-One of the most popular tools for social media marketing, Hootsuite, is giving away their professional plan for free until July 1st, 2020. Along with that, you’ll get a huge video library of training videos to make the most out of your marketing efforts.

I recommend Hootsuite if you need to manage social media except you don’t want to use each app one-by-one. Hootsuite allows you to use each app with one. Brilliant, really.

You can either get started instantly, or if you don’t want to enter credit card details, then you can complete a separate application on their page, which can be found when you scroll down a bit.

Mailchimp- You can get a free standard account on Mailchimp if you’re an eligible group sending critical public health information about COVID-19 through June 30, 2020. Email marketing is really essential to growing your business, and this might just be the right chance to take advantage of it.

Moz Academy- With over 15 SEO (SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION) courses, Moz Academy is making all of it available for free. Just log in or sign up for free and use the code “wegotthis” during checkout to redeem the offer. SEO is still super huge in marketing, and if you struggle with it, you should grab this one.

Ahref Academy- Ahref Academy’s course called Blogging for Business is available for free for a limited time. This course shows you how to grow your blogpost 100K monthly visitors and turn them into paying customers. It’s over 4 hours long and has been praised by the likes of Brian Dean and Kyle Byers.

Codecademy- If you’re a student, you can grab Codecademy’s Pro membership and access a plethora of courses on topics like Web Development, Mobile Development, and Data Science. The great thing is, you have access to them for the rest of the school year.

14 Day Script Challenge- If you regularly roll out videos or have been planning to, but struggle with the script, then this course called 14 Day Script Challenge is all you need. The normal cost of this course is $197, but you can get it for free as of now. No need to enter credit card details. Just agree to social distancing, and you’re good to join.

TechSmith- You can grab TechSmith’s screen recording tool called Snagit and also their collaboration feedback tool called Video Review for free until June 2020. Though free usage won’t be permanent, in these months, you can decide better if these two tools are good for you or not.

Facebook Grants- Known for always stepping up in times of crisis, Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries they operate in. If you’re eligible, you can use it to keep your workflow going strong, pay your rent, cover necessary costs, and even reach more customers.

You can sign up on their page and be notified when this becomes available.

Zoho Remotely- Free till July 1, 2020; you can use Zoho remotely to keep your business going in this situation. This all-in-one suite has web and mobile apps that’ll help you seamlessly collaborate, communicate, and get more done.

CXL- If you’ve lost your job or your career has been negatively impacted by this outbreak, then you’re eligible to grab CXL’s Growth Marketing Minidegree free for 12 weeks. This will help you build an in-demand skill and score a new remote job.

Upon completion, you’ll get a certificate, and you can then go on to enroll in their other courses if you wish to.

Conclusion

With the global lockdown, it’s easy to procrastinate and get carried away staying at home. In order to avoid that and hopefully achieve more than ever before, finding highly recommend resources grabbing them will always propel you to the positive impact of life even with threat of the crisis.

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Zipporah Njoki

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