COVID-19 has had a significant impact on each and everybody. Social distancing has been hard on everyone but most disproportionately affected have to be small businesses. They are at the heart of every community. For them every customer that walks in through the door is essential and if that number falls the consequences can often be very harsh for these businesses.
They play a vital part in our day to day lives and are often unlocked. If you can in any capacity support locals at this point you might invariably end up helping your local economy as well. So, what can you do to help out businesses at this time?
Try And Shop Via Local Stores Online
At this point if you want to travel your Amazon account is your vacation. The amount of random things people have picked up from there is nobody’s business. So, if you can add to the profits of a conglomerate like Amazon, I’m sure you can go online and buy things from an independent store or two.
This is also a great time to make a purchase from an indie bookstore as well. Most small stores keep an inventory online and right now they are offering free local deliveries. This is applicable to all businesses so you can get whatever it is that you want right at your doorstep.
Gift Cards To The Rescue
Most service-based businesses like movie theaters and spas have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus. Since they don’t sell products cash flow has completely stopped. The best way you can help out is by purchasing a couple of gift cards to use down the line.
Many shops are even offering bonuses on gift cards, so you can treat yourself or someone you love with a couple of them. Even the smallest purchase right now can create a massive impact on the business you love. Plus, just imagine whenever you decide to use the gift card it will be like a free purchase.
Get A Delivery
When it comes to your favorite places to eat, you really should not be seen on location. It isn’t advised in any capacity whatsoever. So no dining in at the moment. But what you can do for your favorite restaurant is that you can still enjoy your favorite meal at home. Most restaurants are taking precautions to ensure that the food is prepared with the hygienic conditions set by the CDC.
You can safely order via a food delivery service or use the restaurant’s own website, drive-thru, or avail curbside pickup service.
Whether you are ordering from a grocery store or ordering dinner because you cannot leave your house. You can assist local businesses in making their way through this economic crisis simply by tipping a little extra than what you normally would. Considering they are working fewer hours, but doing double the work, means they are receiving fewer tips than ever. If you have the privilege of being able to afford a massive tip, make someone else’s day. You probably have the option of adding the tip to the total on the bill to avoid any kind of contact with the delivery person.
Continue Paying The People Who Work for You
Everyone has taken this self-quarantine very seriously. You probably canceled everything that you would usually do. That means no housekeepers and tutors are available anymore. But just because they cannot work for you right now does not mean they can never work for you. Try and pay them their wages. If you have a service that you were scheduled to get done, instead of canceling or asking for a refund, reschedule it.
Simply rescheduling an appointment with cleaners, painters, contractors, plumbers or a salon will ease some of the anxiety caused to them by the uncertainty all around.
Shop Local Produce
Markets and grocery stores are doing a great job of keeping up with high demand. Buying grocery at local markets can help support the workers who need it the most. Whenever we want to get our hands on the freshest produce we make our way to the Farmer’s market. But during these uncertain trying times, they will require our support to make it to the other side
One needs to understand that it is not just the owners you are worried about the future of their establishments. It is also the cooks, bartenders, servers, and retail employees who work there. If you can just do a little bit for the community, it just might help them sail through.