How to support small businesses during coronavirus

Now more than ever the businesses that matter to you need your support. How you act now will determine the future of many companies, so be wise with who you support. Local and small business are going to be the ones that suffer the most so here are a few ways in which you can lessen the blow:

 

Shop locally (Online and Offline)

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Many businesses that don’t normally offer online services are starting to turn to the digital world to keep their shop or business afloat. Whether they have started to deliver groceries or turned their boutique shop into an Etsy store, many businesses are adapting their services to suit you. It’s a good idea to check whether where you locally shop has altered their services to fit the new normal, or whether they’re still open entirely.

 

Order Takeaway food and drinks

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Similarly, your favourite café or restaurant may have joined food delivery services such as Deliveroo or Ubereats, or maybe they deliver themselves. I’ve noticed that when you support a restaurant that’s gone online recently, they usually are very appreciative and sometimes throw in a freebee to their regular customers. It’s a win win.

 

Gift Cards

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Gift cards for your local shops are a brilliant way to show your appreciation while they’re unable to carry on business as usual. Buying a gift card to spend when they reopen means they have the cash flow to continue for you. It also makes great sentimental gift for a friend.

 

Pledge to a shop or donate

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If you do have the cash to spare, maybe you’re not spending money on travelling to work anymore, or going out for lunch, or you just really love a business, donating is a great way to help. Many smaller businesses are open to donations or pledges online, a lot of the time in exchange for a token or small gift of appreciation.

 

Tip

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Tipping is so important right now to show your appreciation. If you have that little bit extra to spare, or you just want to round up the cost of what you’ve bought, especially to people like delivery drivers, it’s a great way to show your support to the service or business.

 

Leave good reviews

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Leaving good reviews means that others will see it and be inspired to also us the service or shop there. Also, great to promote small businesses you love on social media, so they reach a wider audience.

 

Take online Classes

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If you normally take a class with someone at your local gym, or you had regular personal training sessions, many now offer online alternatives.  Most PT’s offer online sessions and many group classes have also now turned to Zoom, Facebook live and Instagram live. Don’t completely write off your routine and support these gym fanatics.

 

Reschedule don’t cancel

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Instead of cancelling that theatre show, or that trip, postpone it and reschedule instead. Normally at the moment companies are being very lenient with changing dates and rebooking and they would rather you reschedule for a later date. Many also offer you a voucher refund so you can rebook when your plans are more concrete.