- Zoho is providing it’s small business customers free access to existing Zoho applications
- The company had recently launched Remotely, a virtual productivity platform of 11 collaboration applications
Zoho Corporation, a global company that offers a suite of business software applications in the industry, has launched its Small Business Emergency Subscription Assistance Program (ESAP). The company informed that this program will help it’s customers worldwide during this global crisis. For up to 20,000 qualified paying customers with 25 employees or less, Zoho is waiving the cost of every single application they currently use, for up to three months.
“Businesses are hurting. They already face tremendous pressure on revenue and cash flows. Not knowing when things will get back to normal is even worse. Every bit of help we, and other companies, can offer to keep these small businesses afloat will go a long way, not just financially but emotionally as well. We are in this together, and contributions from every business help our community get through this pandemic,” said Sridhar Vembu, Zoho co-founder and CEO.
“Certain industries have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and we strongly encourage our customers in these industries to please apply for this Small Business Emergency Subscription Assistance Program. While we want to provide relief for as many small business customers as possible, we will prioritize those who are most in need and hope that others who are adapting to market conditions will help us by allowing program availability to those struggling to stay afloat,” continued Vembu.
Zoho had recently launched a virtual productivity platform
Earlier this month, Zoho launched Remotely, a virtual productivity platform of 11 collaboration applications, provided to businesses of all sizes around the world for free. Since its release two weeks ago, more than 5,000 new companies are running on the platform, and that number is increasing every day. We have seen an average of 500 per cent growth in usage of our collaboration apps and 1,000 per cent growth in daily new users of Zoho Meeting.
“Our business has been extremely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. We were on the leading edge of the impact. We work delivering custom presentations in our clients’ trade show booths, and one by one trade shows have been canceled leaving us with little to no income for the next 4 months or more. Last week, we were forced to lay off one of our employees. At the moment, we are taking extreme cost-cutting measures and many of our month-to-month subscriptions are on the chopping block,” said Anders Boulanger, founder and CEO of The Infotainers, a Canada-based event entertainment company.
Boulanger continued, “We would definitely consider our business a ‘Zoho Shop’. We will touch at least 2 or 3 Zoho applications on any single work day, so they are mission critical to our business’ long-term success. It means a lot to us that Zoho is reaching out and supporting their loyal customers. Having 3 months of complimentary services means that we can survive that much longer and we can put off laying off another employee. Every little bit helps when it comes to finding savings and this gesture goes a long way!”