Are You Ready to Reopen Your Business? A Checklist

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Many states have already begun or are preparing to reopen after lengthy shutdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic. No matter what your business is, you have been affected. New safety guidelines, remote working, employee furloughs, even complete temporary shutdowns.

But what do you have to do to get back up and running again?

That’s the question on everyone’s mind, and here at GoSmallBiz, we’ve been working on a checklist of the essential items you need to take care of to successfully reopen your business.

These items are designed for business owners, so go through the infographic checklist below to see what is most relevant for your company, and what you should do, from preparation all the way to operations.

We’ve also put together a list of resources that will help you better navigate these items:

Planning: Business Plan Software, by GoSmallBiz

Competitive Review: Guide to Competitive Analysis, by Buffer

Health and Safety: Guidance by Businesses and Workplaces, by the CDC

Human Resources: Covid-19 Preparedness Center, by ADP

Customer Interest: How to Create a Survey, by HubSpot

Sales and Marketing: Reevaluating Your Marketing after Covid-19, by GoSmallBiz

Management: Return to Work Checklist, by ADP

For additional resources designed for your employees, especially if you’re anticipating an increase in relocation activity, look at Corporate Relocation International.

Download a PDF version of this checklist here!


GoSmallBiz offers small business consulting, CEO advice, and an extensive online learning center for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The mission of is simple – to improve the lives of its customers and give them a better chance at success. The GoSmallBiz business specialists have hundreds of years of combined business experience in both private and public companies, and represent all major industries and professions, including CPAs and specialists in finance, sales, marketing, HR, IT, and operations.