Supporting Local Businesses

Supporting Local Businesses

It’s no secret that the economy has plummeted since the pandemic… So, my post offers tips on supporting local businesses.

#1: SHOP ONLINE

Last year, I relied heavily on Etsy when planning gift ideas for loved ones. There are so many unique, handcrafted gift ideas to choose from on there! Using the location filter enables you to narrow down e-shops that are closer to you.

#2: BUY & SEND GIFT CARDS

“What do you get someone who has everything!?!!” It’s simple: gift cards. Support local businesses by getting your mum a gift card this Mother’s Day.

Non-essential shops are currently relying heavily on gift cards as a means to remain open, particularly nail salons… Purchasing gift cards shows your loyalty.

#3: ORDER A TAKEAWAY

Local restaurants and cafes will benefit from your orders. So, pop in or order online via Deliveroo, Uber Eats or Just Eat to “eat in, help out”.

#4: BE GENEROUS, TIP LOCAL BUSINESSES

Here’s another tip for you: get tipping. Where possible, go above and beyond your normal tip. That’s a great way to show that you value their service.

#5: POST GOOD REVIEWS

This particular tip raises awareness for the ‘support local businesses’ TV adverts by Google. Yes, the ones where celebrities (such as Anthony Joshua) showcase their local business, encouraging viewers to leave a good review on theirs.

Supporting Local Businesses

#6: CONTINUE PAYING YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS / MEMBERSHIPS

Where possible, continue to pay your memberships and subscriptions – even if they’ve been temporarily suspended.

If you’re blessed with a steady income, offer to pay your cleaners, hair stylists, nannies, etc. They need us and we need them.

#7: REJECT REFUNDS FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES

Don’t always ask for a refund. There’s no better feeling than the one after we’ve given back. So, think of your kind gesture as a donation.

#8: BEGIN A LOCAL BUSINESSES HUB

Yep, that’s right… Set up a local businesses group (via Facebook as an example) as hub for local businesses to place ads. Then promote it, getting the local residents involved. You might find that your neighbours didn’t realise such services were on offer.

#9: FUNDRAISE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

If you love a business and know it’s worth saving (which all do), create a campaign on platforms like GoFundMe or start a fundraiser to raise money. Promote it to friends, and encourage them to share it with theirs and so on…

You can also get in touch with your local newspaper as they’re readily available to help out and love to support local businesses.

#10: SHARE YOUR SERVICES WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES

If you’re blessed with a talent of some kind, share it.

Offering your services to those in need is important when supporting local businesses. 9/10 times the businesses would be so taken aback by the gesture that they’ll spread the word of how amazing you are, which may result in extra business for you later down the line. But, don’t expect this!

#11: PROMOTE LOCAL BUSINESSES’ OFFERS

If you stumble across a promotion or offer from a local business, share it on. It may well be something your social-media following or network would benefit from knowing about.

#12: PROMOTE ONLINE SERVICES OFFERED BY LOCAL BUSINESSES

If you know of people / businesses in the area offering online engagements of some sort, share it on!

Therapists, tutoring, yoga, personal trainers, coaches, financial planners, lawyers, music classes for kids are all continuing and being accessed via Zoom or other video apps.

Whatever and wherever you can, do help out, make sure you’re supporting local businesses.

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