COVID-19 has had a significant impact on small businesses, especially in the retail and restaurant industries.
According to the National Restaurant Association through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 71% of full service restaurant owners don’t expect sales to return to normal within the next six months. Almost half don’t expect to survive unless business improves.
Clearly, local small businesses need your support. Luckily, there are many ways to do so. Here are 7 simple ways you can help your local businesses survive the pandemic.
Buy Gift Cards
Gift cards put money in the hands of a restaurant or retail business helps them immediately. They can also better estimate how much business and sales they will receive in the future for encouragement and planning.
You might be tempted to order online from big box retailers, but your local grocery store and farmer’s market need your help.
Every dollar means a lot to them and without your support they’ll be swallowed up by major chains. Buying fresh, local products is better for your community and often better for your health.
Think Before You Cancel
Understandably, many people are trying to save money at this stressful time. Nonetheless, before you decide to cancel subscriptions or ask for a ticket refund, consider your alternatives.
Some services allow you to temporarily pause subscription payments, while arts and non-profit organizations would welcome your ticket refund as a donation if you can afford it. They need your support more than ever.
Local Take-Out & Delivery
Social distancing and coronavirus fears shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the food you love from a local restaurant. Most offer safe take-out and options such as contactless doorstep delivery or curbside pickups.
Most people are working less hours and struggling to make ends meet. If you visit a restaurant or order delivery, don’t forget to tip well. These people are on the front lines and without them, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy many of our favorite meals.
Support Local Services Online
Many local businesses are offering online options through videos and online conferencing apps. You can still practice yoga, train, take a music lesson, speak to your therapist, lawyer, or financial planner via the internet. You’ll stay safe and they’ll benefit from your business.
Share the News
Many local businesses are offering unique promotions and services during the pandemic. If you see something you love, share the news with your friends and family on social media or through word-of-mouth.
Your support is badly needed at this time and it could make the difference between a business closure and survival.
You may not think that you can find a product or service nearby, but you won’t know unless you look. Search engines like Google are great at finding “near me” businesses to fulfill almost any need. You might be surprised to discover what you’ll find very nearby and it may become your new favorite.
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