Peer support and well-being
Many organisations and other providers have set up new open discussion channels or opened their services to everybody. Distribution of up-to-date and compiled information is now more important than ever, and asking questions from and talking about things with more experienced colleagues or those in a similar position e.g. in a Facebook group will not only help to understand them better, but will save an important discussion for others to read later. It is also possible to correct false information and assumptions in discussions. The downside to this endless amount of information, especially for the smaller organizations, is that there is too little time to translate it into English. It can easily be old news once it gets to the website.
Business Mentors Finland
The network of Business Mentors Finland offers SMEs free support for clarifying the economic situation. Business Mentors have long experience in challenges related to management of companies, and more than 1,000 entrepreneurs annually apply for support for business development from the Business Mentors through their website.
Link to Business Mentors’ web site
Entrepreneur’s support network and telephone service of V-S Yrittäjät association
Entrepreneur’s support network is a low-threshold confidential service open to all organised by Varsinais-Suomen Yrittäjät association in which entrepreneurs can discuss their problems with a support person. Calls are answered on weekdays from 9–16 by the staff in the office of Varsinais-Suomen Yrittäjät association who will then forward the calls to the support persons. At other times the calls go directly to a voluntary support person. The support persons are voluntary assistants of Business Mentors of Southwest Finland. Free of charge service 24h/day tel. 02 2757 112; there is also a form for requesting a contact. More information on web site (in Finnish only).
Mentor service of Suomen Yrittäjät entrepreneurs’ federation
Mentorisi.fi is a free service open to all entrepreneurs offered by Suomen Yrittäjät entrepreneurs’ federation in which entrepreneurs can find a professional to spar their business operations or help them cope through these exceptionally hard times. More on web site (in Finnish only).
Virtual community Yrittäjä.io for entrepreneurs
Yrittäjä.io is Finland’s biggest and most active virtual community intended for all entrepreneurs. The community discusses, helps and networks in its Facebook group and generates new business. The community is completely independent. Yrittäjä.io also produces the Yrittäjäradio programme together with radio channel BusinessFM.
Tästä Yrittäjä.io -yhteisön verkkosivulle (in Finnish only)
Yrittäjä.io Facebookissa (in Finnish only)
Tästä Yrittäjäradion sivuille (in Finnish only)
Suomen Yrittäjät federation’s #ostapieneltä (buy from small companies) Facebook group for sole traders and small and medium sized entrepreneurs
Suomen Yrittäjät keskittää Facebookissa vastaamisensa tähän ryhmään ja Facebook-seinällensä Suomen Yrittäjät. Vähemmän mutua, enemmän tietoa ja välittämistä. Suomen Yrittäjien lakineuvoja vastaa kysymyksiin arkisin 15-20. Koronaviikkojen ajan ryhmää moderoi kolme tuntia päivässä psykoterapeutti.
Link to #ostapieneltä Facebook group (mainly in Finnish)
Coronavirus support for entrepreneurs and artists) Facebook group (public)
In the public Facebook group you can tell about your own ideas and actions and participate in the discussion and ideation and hear what innovative projects are currently in progress.
Link to Facebook group (mainly in Finnish)
International Working Women of Finland – Weekly online networking
Online-networking hosted by Talent Turku & International Working Women of Finland every Friday from 16–17. The discussion is held IN ENGLISH.
International Working Women of Finland – Weekly online networking discussion
Mental well-being of entrepreneurs
The entrepreneur is the most important assets of their company, and mental well-being is a cornerstone of functional capacity and working efficiency. When you look after your own health and well-being, you can also better look after the well-being of your employees. Follow your own condition and remember to encourage your employees by setting an example. Many fitness gyms have been forced to close temporarily, but both paid and free fitness programmes can be found on the companies’ own platforms, on the internet and in social media. Just going out to nature will improve your fitness, make you feel better and clarify your thoughts. If worries begin to pile up and you feel like losing your strength, don’t stay alone but look for help. You will surely find it.
Mental Health Finland
Under this link you will find crisis telephone numbers that offer discussion help in Finnish, Swedish, English and Arabic.
Yrittäjäkilta (Entrepreneurs’ guild)
Joint webpages of Suomen Yrittäjät entrepreneurs’ federation and MIELI Mental Health Finland that offers e.g. podcasts (in Finnish) on different subjects. From entrepreneur to entrepreneur. Find Entrepreneurs’ guild’s web site here (in Finnish only).