As an adult shop owner, the new Virus restrictions are about to destroy your business. We have decided to write this article so that you know, you are not alone. While this report is made specifically for Adult Shops, it is applicable for any COV-19 affected small business in Australia.
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We hope to provide quality information that will help see you, your business and your workers through this crisis. I know many readers would argue, as I would sex shops are essential businesses.
Unfortunately, many Australian state governments would probably argue otherwise. The good news if there is any is that you are a business. This means you have access to government help which I will cover later in this article.*State Business Support
*Federal Business Support
Initial COV-19 Adult Shop Steps.
You need to comply with all government announcements. Here are safe works recommendations.
- Ensure Social Distancing (1.5 to 2 meters)
- Mark 1.5meters distance with masking tape or orange cones (available from Bunnings)
- We encourage staff to wear a mask. Not for their safety but customer awareness, so that your customers know that you are taking this seriously.
- Try to encourage contact less payments.
- Make sure staff wash their hands after every cash sale.
- Full Government recommendations.
Once Your Shop Is Closed.
If you have been forced to close you need to take this time to take a good look at your business. You need to now make the changes to make it survive the next year. This will enable you to flourish in a drastically changed future.
Use the time to look at your cost, suppliers, distribution channels, advertising and opportunities for your business. You also need to be able to take payments over the phone call your eft provider and make sure you can do over the phone sales.
If you don’t already have a website you need to use the time to make one. There are free services that will work to get you going quickly, the one we recommend is wordpress.com you can change to your domain name at any time for a small fee.
Things To do After COV-19 Closes Your Adult Shop
- Look at remote delivery using a website or social media.
- Find Websites you can promote your Adult Business for free.
- Start or upgrade your website and social media accounts.
- Set up so you can take payments over the phone and the internet.
- Look at future hours to make sure you only open in the hours you get sales.
- Look at reducing power, water, phone, internet, insurance so that your Adult Shop comes out lean and mean.
- Use the time to price check your best selling items with suppliers, making sure you are buying at the cheapest price and can sell for the most margin.
- Use the time to study trends and try to meet new customer needs.
- Plan ways to cost-effectively promote your business so that you can make use of the future.
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How to access Government COV-19 Assistance.
Every single business in Australia can ask for help from motivated state and federal governments. Not to mention banks.
If you have loans first thing to do is contact your bank and work with them to put your loans and repayments on hold.
The second step is to access any local government schemes to help your business. I cannot provide specific information on each state but you will find the links below.
- NSW – Small Business Help
- VIC – Victorian Government Support for Small Business
- QLD – COV 19 QLD GOV Help
- WA – Western Austrlian Business Support
- TAS – Tasmanian Support Package
- SA – South Australian Package
- NT Small Business Support Package
- ACT – Canberra Support Package
Federal COV19 Assistance for Small Business (including Adult Shops).
After you have read about your state government response you need to now find out about the Federal government response.
The Federal Government’s wage subsidy scheme is proportional and sensible. It will deliver help to businesses who need it the most, and it will ensure workers can continue providing for themselves and their dependents.
We applaud the decision to make this available also to sole traders, who make up a large proportion of the modern Australian retail landscape. Read on for more details of the JobKeeper payment.
To summarise the Criteria to get Australian Government Help
- On the 30th March 2020, The Morrison Government introduced a JobKeeper Payment of $1,500 per fortnight, per eligible employee, for up to 6 months.
- The JobKeeper Payment will start on 30 March 2020, with the first payment to be received by employers in the first week of May.
- Employers must pass this payment on to their employees.
- Eligible employers include businesses structured through companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders.
- Not for profit entities, including charities, will also be eligible.
- Self-employed individuals are also eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.
- Employers must elect to participate in the scheme.
- You can do this by clicking here to register.
- To be eligible, an employee must have been on the employer’s books on 1 March 2020 and continue to be engaged by that employer.
- The JobKeeper Payment is open to full-time, part-time and long term casuals (employed on a regular basis for at least the previous 12 months) and stood down employees.
- Employees that are re-engaged by a business that was their employer on 1 March 2020 will also be eligible.
- Self-employed individuals will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they have suffered or expect to suffer a 30% decline in turnover relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month).
- Employers will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if:
- their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than
- 30 per cent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); or
- their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than
- 50 percent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); and the business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.
For more information on the JobKeeper Payment:
For Employers Factsheet:
To read the Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Media Statement:
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