5 Ways to Support Local Business During The Pandemic
As governments, communities and businesses pull together to try and slow the spread of COVID-19, we are dealt with battling rising uncertainty as well as the virus.
Not only are small businesses worried about their immediate future, but the servers, bartenders and retail employees they employ are also impacted and may be unsure how they will pay the bills.
Safety restrictions in place may make us feel powerless to help, but there are several things we can all do to continue supporting our favorite local businesses during these unsettling times.
With many states taking extra precaution and shutting down dine-in for restaurants, most establishments are still open for takeout and/or delivery. Check with your favorite local eateries to see if this is an option. By skipping a home cooked meal or two you could help a small business owner keep their doors open and staff working.
Eventually our everyday lives will again resemble normalcy and shops and boutiques forced to close will reopen. Why not consider purchasing a gift card now that you could use later. This is a great way to keep cash flowing when a business might need it most. It will also allow you to treat yourself to something nice later down the road.
Most of us are pretty accustomed to shopping online. While practicing social distancing it’s actually more convenient now than ever. Why not support a local business while doing so? Many store owners are creating on-line shops and many are even offering free shipping.
Buy Local Products
Grocery stores have been doing a great job staying stocked despite the high demand, but local product vendors might need support as farmers markets may be forced to close. Not only will you get some of the freshest produce, meats, or cheeses in the city, but you will be helping others in a time of need.
Spread The Word
One of the easiest things you can do is to spread the word about your favorite local businesses and products. If you love something, tell your friends and family or post on social media. Your seemingly small gesture could really help drive business.
One way to eliminate uncertainty is to take back as much control over the situation as we can. Little actions taken now could have huge impacts for these small business owners and their employees.