For small businesses

Prepared for businesses without IT staff
You’ve got more than just IT to think about, so we’ll stick to the essential information you need to know to effectively operate your business when employees are working remotely.

Set up your business for remote work

The foundational tools for working remotely include:

  • Online meetings software that enables people to meet and videoconference virtually
  • Group chat that make it easy for people to communicate in an ad hoc way
  • Cloud file storage that allows everyone to access and edit the same information

You can piece together all this from separate vendors, or use a single tool designed for communication and collaboration: Microsoft Teams.

Get the tools: Microsoft Teams is included as part of Microsoft 365. You’ll also get access to 1TB of cloud storage (per user) plus familiar Office apps including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Compare and choose from a variety of Microsoft 365 plans designed for businesses like yours.

Make the shift: With Microsoft 365 in place, learn how to use Microsoft Teams to keep employees productive, continue serving customers, and keep your business running.

Setting up your small business for remote work

Read this blog to understand the overall process of going remote

Learn more

Small business help and learning center

How-to instructions for enabling remote work, including videos and training

Learn more

Leading your business through the storm

Advice from six business owners on how to weather the COVID-19 crisis

Learn more

Step up your security

When employees work remotely, new security risks emerge. It's easy to take proactive steps to close security holes and keep cybercriminals from taking advantage of you and your employees

Keep files and data in cloud storage

Besides making it easier for people to collaborate, keeping files in Microsoft 365 helps keep data safe

Learn more

Warn employees about phishing attacks and scams

Read the Create a Security Culture chapter of this eBook, and use the free email templates or slides featured there to educate your employees

Learn more

Set up multi-factor authentication

By requiring employees to use more than just a password to log in, you can keep cybercriminals out; even if they get someone’s password.

Learn more

If your business is in an industry that requires additional attention to security, browse this web site with advice from a (fictional) chief security officer to get a deeper understanding of security threats and how to address them.

Set up your business to attract customers

Building your online presence is more important than ever and below are a few resources to enable you.

Get the tools: To help you get more customers, you can get $100 in search advertising when you spend $25 in Microsoft Advertising. See the details of this offer (US only)

GoFundMe and Bing Places

Bing is partnering with GoFundMe to help small businesses (U.S.-specific)

Learn more

Evolving your digital marketing strategies

Consumer behavior is shifting. Learn 7 strategies to navigate the new digital marketing landscape

Learn more

Changes in search trends and behavior

As consumers remain home, search has grown in importance. See the latest insights and trends.

Learn more

For medium businesses

Prepared for businesses with IT staff
You’re responsible for keeping all of your company’s technology up and running – and that’s especially challenging when employees are working remotely. We’ve prepared the following guidance and best practices to help you succeed.

Enable remote work

Here's our guidance for setting up meetings, group chat, file sharing, and phone system so your people can work from home effectively.

Support remote workers using Microsoft Teams

This IT-oriented resource pulls together all the best resources for Team adoption

Learn more

Help your business survive and thrive with a cloud-based phone system

Don’t leave out telephony as you set people up for home-based work

Learn more

Secure your devices and data

After you’ve got remote work up and running for your company, take time to figure out how to manage and secure things for the longer haul. Here are some of the best articles on how to approach the task.

Helping businesses rapidly set up to work securely from personal PCs and mobiles

Focuses on devices connecting to your environment and how to stay in control

Learn more

Practical guide to securing remote work

An IT-focused guide and checklist for securing employees who work from home

Learn more

Many of the capabilities described in these articles—conditional access, device management, advanced threat protection, etc—are packaged at a special price for business with 1-300 employees. If you decide to deploy these features, Microsoft 365 Business Premium may be your most cost-effective subscription option.

Have questions?

Ask your questions in the SMB Tech Community. Thousands of experts with practical experience are ready to share their wisdom.

For small businesses

Prepared for businesses without IT staff
You’ve got more than just IT to think about, so we’ll stick to the essential information you need to know to effectively operate your business when employees are working remotely.

Set up your business for remote work

The foundational tools for working remotely include:

  • Online meetings software that enables people to meet and videoconference virtually
  • Group chat that make it easy for people to communicate in an ad hoc way
  • Cloud file storage that allows everyone to access and edit the same information

You can piece together all this from separate vendors, or use a single tool designed for communication and collaboration: Microsoft Teams.

Get the tools: Microsoft Teams is included as part of Microsoft 365. You’ll also get access to 1TB of cloud storage (per user) plus familiar Office apps including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Compare and choose from a variety of Microsoft 365 plans designed for businesses like yours.

Make the shift: With Microsoft 365 in place, learn how to use Microsoft Teams to keep employees productive, continue serving customers, and keep your business running.

Setting up your small business for remote work

Read this blog to understand the overall process of going remote

Learn more

Small business help and learning center

How-to instructions for enabling remote work, including videos and training

Learn more

Leading your business through the storm

Advice from six business owners on how to weather the COVID-19 crisis

Learn more

Step up your security

When employees work remotely, new security risks emerge. It's easy to take proactive steps to close security holes and keep cybercriminals from taking advantage of you and your employees

Keep files and data in cloud storage

Besides making it easier for people to collaborate, keeping files in Microsoft 365 helps keep data safe

Learn more

Warn employees about phishing attacks and scams

Read the Create a Security Culture chapter of this eBook, and use the free email templates or slides featured there to educate your employees

Learn more

Set up multi-factor authentication

By requiring employees to use more than just a password to log in, you can keep cybercriminals out; even if they get someone’s password.

Learn more

If your business is in an industry that requires additional attention to security, browse this web site with advice from a (fictional) chief security officer to get a deeper understanding of security threats and how to address them.

Set up your business to attract customers

Building your online presence is more important than ever and below are a few resources to enable you.

Get the tools: To help you get more customers, you can get $100 in search advertising when you spend $25 in Microsoft Advertising. See the details of this offer (US only)

GoFundMe and Bing Places

Bing is partnering with GoFundMe to help small businesses (U.S.-specific)

Learn more

Evolving your digital marketing strategies

Consumer behavior is shifting. Learn 7 strategies to navigate the new digital marketing landscape

Learn more

Changes in search trends and behavior

As consumers remain home, search has grown in importance. See the latest insights and trends.

Learn more

For medium businesses

Prepared for businesses with IT staff
You’re responsible for keeping all of your company’s technology up and running – and that’s especially challenging when employees are working remotely. We’ve prepared the following guidance and best practices to help you succeed.

Enable remote work

Here's our guidance for setting up meetings, group chat, file sharing, and phone system so your people can work from home effectively.

Support remote workers using Microsoft Teams

This IT-oriented resource pulls together all the best resources for Team adoption

Learn more

Help your business survive and thrive with a cloud-based phone system

Don’t leave out telephony as you set people up for home-based work

Learn more

Secure your devices and data

After you’ve got remote work up and running for your company, take time to figure out how to manage and secure things for the longer haul. Here are some of the best articles on how to approach the task.

Helping businesses rapidly set up to work securely from personal PCs and mobiles

Focuses on devices connecting to your environment and how to stay in control

Learn more

Practical guide to securing remote work

An IT-focused guide and checklist for securing employees who work from home

Learn more

Many of the capabilities described in these articles—conditional access, device management, advanced threat protection, etc—are packaged at a special price for business with 1-300 employees. If you decide to deploy these features, Microsoft 365 Business Premium may be your most cost-effective subscription option.

Have questions?

Ask your questions in the SMB Tech Community. Thousands of experts with practical experience are ready to share their wisdom.

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