Easing the Transition to Work-From-Home

The Upward Trend

Work-from-home trends have been increasing for years.

  • 44% growth in the previous five years
  • 91% growth in the previous ten years
  • 159% growth in the previous 12 years

And in a post-COVID-19 world, these numbers may see their most substantial spike ever.

The Reason for the Rise: Technology

Internet bandwidth and speed, faster mobile data transmission rates, as-a-service conference and communication platforms that allow for low barriers and the increasing adoption of easy to use videoconferencing technologies are just some of the architectural reasons behind the trend. But technological evolution alone doesn’t explain the pace of growth.

The Reason for the Rise: Employee Behavior

Employee behavior around these technologies influences the trend as much as the technologies themselves. A recent survey of employee behavior at an international Fortune 100 company compared meeting behavior over the last five years. Interestingly, when employees are all in the same office building, on the same floor, they are eight times more likely to attend by ‘dialing in’ from their desk as opposed to assembling in a conference room than they were five years ago.

Employees that might be sitting only feet away from each other are still connecting using meeting technologies. Since they are using the technologies as a primary medium of connecting anyway, it becomes far easier to leverage those technologies in a work-from-home culture without losing productivity.

The Reason for the Rise: Travel Trends

With a focus on cost efficiency and productivity, travel just isn’t what it used to be. In-person client meetings that were once a necessity are moving to Teams, Zoom, and other platforms at an increasing rate. Gone are the days of wasting two days with travel for the product demo when a quick screen share and Q&A gets the job done in an hour. Even events are exploring virtual venues with webinar growth reaching nearly 2300% growth in participation rates since 2007.

The Reason for the Rise: Employee Satisfaction and Recruiting

Employee satisfaction scores increase when they have flexible work arrangements, and they average more hours worked per day when they work from home. Less time in transit and ease of access to quickly check in on business activities before and after hours can lead to enhanced productivity and happier employees for some roles.

Finally, there is the recruiting consideration. To be an employer of choice for the years ahead, flexible work arrangements will be essential to specific job functions.

Getting up to Speed

Now is the time to examine your company’s technology infrastructure and the tools your employees need to work effectively in remote environments. Tablets, laptops with reliable cameras, fast routers, and larger/extra monitors are just some of the near-term technology needs companies may need to invest in to enable a more decentralized working environment. And if you are anything like most business leaders, you haven’t planned or budgeted for this shift in office dynamics.

A strategic approach to technology financing can not only help you gear up to meet the rapidly growing demand, but also preserve cash, protect limited budgets and assist in keeping you on the cutting edge of rapidly changing technologies.

Kingswood is committed to helping small businesses and ready to provide easy access to the equipment and technology you need. We’re all in this together. Let us know how we can help.

Paycheck Protection Program

Submit Your PPP Application

Applications for funding are being processed on a first come, first served basis so please complete your PPP application today.

The Paycheck Protection Program is back. PPP’s federally guaranteed loans are intended to keep America’s businesses going during the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The second round of PPP loans have new eligibility guidelines and many businesses and independent contractors may qualify, even if they received a PPP loan previously.

First-time borrowers in general, can have no more than 500 employees and their business must have been in operation as of February 15, 2020. The first loan can be up to 2.5 times the business’ average monthly payroll costs, up to a $10 million loan maximum.

Second-time borrowers can apply for a second PPP loan if they’ve spent or expect to spend the full amount of their first PPP loan before they receive funding for the second loan. In general, second-time borrowers can have no more than 300 employees. The second loan can be up to 2.5 times the business’ average monthly payroll costs, up to a $2 million loan maximum.

Restaurants and Hospitality companies with NAICS code 72 can borrow up to 3.5 times the business’ average monthly payroll costs, up to a $2 million loan maximum.

These highlights will apply to many borrowers, but there are some exceptions. For full program details, visit SBA.gov and Treasury.gov.

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What is the Paycheck Protection Program?

The Paycheck Protection Program is a specific type of federally guaranteed loan intended to keep America’s businesses going during the temporary turmoil of the global pandemic. The SBA will empower businesses to borrow money based on the average cost of their monthly payroll. The money can be used for payroll costs, employee benefits, insurance premiums, mortgage interest, rent, utilities and more.
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Paycheck Protection Program Highlights

The PPP can be 100% forgivable

Get 2.5x monthly payroll (10wks), up to $10MM

Use it for payroll & other bills like rent & utilities

Businesses of 500 or fewer staff are eligible

No personal guarantee or collateral needed

How Does the Paycheck Protection Program Work?

STEP 1

APPLY

STEP 2

REVIEW

  • Your application will be reviewed to determine the maximum amount you are eligible to receive

STEP 3

APPROVED

  • We will reach out to let you know what amount you have been approved for and next steps

Who is Eligible?

  • Business must have been in operation as of February 15th, 2020.
  • Businesses must have paid salaries and payroll taxes or paid independent contractors.
  • Sole-proprietors, independent contractors, and other self-employed individuals are eligible.
  • Businesses with no more than 500 employees.
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit, a 501(c)(19) veteran’s organization, or Tribal business described in section 31(b)(2)(C) of the Small Business Act with 500 or fewer employees are also eligible.
  • The program waives affiliation rules for businesses in the hospitality and restaurant industries, franchises that are approved on the SBA’s Franchise Directory, and small businesses that receive financing through Small Business Investment Company (SBIC).

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

COVID-19 Relief Programs

Helping Our Customers, Now More Than Ever

Kingswood is here to help your business survive this unprecedented time. Our team has identified 4 types of programs that most affected businesses will qualify for. Your company should evaluate all four areas below:

Paycheck Protection Program

  • 100% Forgiveness available
  • Get 2.5x your monthly payroll (10 wks), up to $10MM
  • Use it for payroll and other bills like rent and utilities
  • Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees are eligible
  • No personal guarantee or collateral needed

Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance

  • Apply through the Small Business Administration website
  • Business owners economically impacted by the pandemic can apply for and receive working capital loans of up to $2 million
  • Terms up to 30 years
  • Term loans or lines of credit
  • Uses: To overcome the temporary loss of revenue
  • Applicants can request a $10,000 advance after with application

State & Local Relief Programs

States, localities, and communities of people have stepped up alongside our federal government to offer relief where they know the need is great. Grants and special term loans from $1,000 up to $200,000 are available to keep business owners going – until they can start growing again.

  • Find the information you need about your state’s programs.
  • Connect directly with your state and local funding programs.
  • We are continually working to update this page with the best information available so please check back often for changes.

Additional Aid Programs

The federal government has additional relief programs that can help business owners get through the economic impact of the global pandemic. Learn what is available and make sure your recovery plan has every benefit you can qualify for:

IRS Tax Extension for special payment relief: The Treasury Department and IRS are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak.

SBA Express Bridge Loans: Businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender are able to access up to $25,000 quickly.

SBA Debt Relief: The SBA is providing financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic by paying principal, interest, and fees on some business debt.

We're In This Together

We’re all in this together, and Kingswood is here to help you succeed as a business. We are here to help you work through today’s challenges and access the funding you need to help you get through and move forward.

If you are a current Kingswood customer, speak with a team member to learn more about assistance programs you may qualify for.

Call 888-327-8121 or email info@kingswoodleasing.com

We extend our fullest well wishes for the health and safety of you, your employees, and your family.

Information for Kingswood Equipment Sellers and Referrers Regarding COVID-19

Information for Kingswood Equipment Sellers and Referrers Regarding COVID-19

Is Kingswood open?

Kingswood’s offices are open (8am-8pm EST). All services are functioning as usual, however we are transitioning to a “work–at–home” operating model as part of our broader business continuity plans. Because the situation is dynamic, we will be adapting our plans each day while also planning for longer term implications.

What happens if Kingswood’s offices close?

We have the ability to work remotely from locations across the country, such that our day–to–day operations won’t be affected.

Where can we find the latest information?

Kingswood will update our website, KingswoodLeasing.com, your Partner Portals and will be sending out informational emails if there are changes you need to know. You should always be able to reach your account manager and you can email us at Sales@KingswoodLeasing.com or Info@KingswoodLeasing.com.

How is Kingswood settling with Sellers and Referrers?

We are settling transactions the way we always do; however, in the event our office closes there may be a delay in receiving physical checks from us due to closures or postal service delays. To avoid any interruption, we strongly recommend that you sign up for ACH disbursement. The form can be filled out and submitted online by clicking the link below:

ACH Direct Deposit Enrollment Form: Click Here

Will COVID-19 change who gets approved?

No, but all leasing and lending companies consistently reassess certain underwriting policies and practices to fully consider the current business and economic environment. It’s likely that some changes will be made for some industries. If we see changes, these will be promptly communicated.

Remember everyone at Kingswood is here to help you and your customers succeed. Let us know how we can help!