Local businesses serve as the foundation of our communities and the economy as a whole and thanks to the pandemic, many of them have been hit hard. Here we look at some of the ways that you can support local and independent businesses.
Order takeout or delivery
You can give yourself something to look forward to during the week by ordering takeout or delivery from your favorite local restaurants, cafes, and bar. You will also be supporting your community’s culinary scene by doing so. Not only will you be able to take a night off from being in the kitchen but you will also be contributing to the preservation of your neighborhood’s food culture. Build up a great relationship with them and you might just get the best picks or one of their Corporate Christmas cards!
Support your local farmers by shopping locally
In order to avoid the stress of shopping in congested places, consider buying for housekeeping and general supplies at your local grocery store or convenience store. Fortunately, many establishments are now set up to accept online orders as well as contactless delivery and pick-up, so you can skip the muddle of crowds entirely. By assisting local companies in selling their existing inventory, you will also have a beneficial flow-on impact by assisting the shops in maintaining their links with local farmers and distributors, which will benefit everyone.
Provide positive feedback
When it comes to assisting local companies, financial assistance is not the only option available; you can also boost an entire community by providing positive internet reviews about services that you have used in the past.
Great reputations are built over many years and are frequently the result of a great deal of personal effort. The few minutes it takes you to write sincere and supportive remarks about the local business owners who consistently make your day better may be exactly what is needed to attract more clients. Besides increasing the visibility of the company, your kind words of well-deserved praise will also provide a significant boost in morale to the self-employed and small business owners who rely completely on their own efforts to maintain their primary source of income.
Pay ahead of time
Pay in advance for items or activities that you employ on a regular basis, even if you are not currently using them if you have the funds in your bank account to do so. Consider cleaning services, the kids’ classes, or even landscaping and gardening. The possibilities are endless. Even if you do not live in a neighborhood where it is safe to return in-home cleaners or daycare providers to their jobs, you should consider paying them. Despite the fact that many of us associate a small company with family stores with a bell on the door, they are often the ones that make our lives so much easier. They also work on slim profit margins, so if we want them to be around in the long term, we need to help them now. If you can find the money in your budget to pay them early, do s as it can make their cash flow situation much, much easier.