There are an estimated 30.2 million small businesses in the United States. That’s a lot of enterprising entrepreneurs that have worked really hard to get their start.
With many areas still in some sort of re-opening phase or shelter-in-place, it can be really difficult to know how to support local businesses. However, it’s important to find ways to get that support flowing to the small businesses in your life that you treasure.
That’s why we’ve got 3 of the top ways that you can be supporting local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s get started!
1- Gifts and Gift Cards
The first way that you can support your local business is by buying gift cards.
Gift cards are great because they support the company right away and provide you with something you can use at a later time. A gift card will be a great surprise when places are functioning at somewhat normal capacity and also still make solid gifts for any occasion.
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You can also ask if your small business is comfortable with taking donations. Making a small gift can go a long way for that small business!
This is one of the easiest ways to continue supporting the businesses you treasure without having to put yourself or employees at risk.
2- Online and Phone Shopping
Let’s say your favorite local business isn’t something food-based like a cafe or restaurant but rather a boutique or gallery. Gift cards can still go a long way, but another great strategy for support is through online shopping.
If your small business has a website with products that you can purchase and get delivered, you can just as easily shop online to send that business your support!
If your local business doesn’t have a website you can place orders on, try giving them a call. Curbside pickup and delivery via phone calls are great ways for you to stay out of harm’s way and still shop to give your business a customer.
3- Social Media and Sharing
Finally, supporting a local business can be as easy as posting about them on social media.
Social media is a great way to promote small businesses in your life that mean a lot to you and your community. When you encourage others to utilize them you increase the business and support that they get.
This great article also provides small businesses with a resource to develop their brand during the pandemic. Sharing it and other similar resources with your local business can help them think ahead and plan for the future where they can flourish successfully.
Knowing How to Support Local Businesses Made Easy
With these three methods on how to support local businesses, you can rest easy knowing that there is something you can do to help. And let’s not forget the sunshine that comes with sending a simple Thank You card to your favorite small business as well!
Everything starts to get a little more bearable when we work together.