Ways You Can Help Your Local Small Business Today!
Small Business in the United States have a great deal of respect. “Small business” is the most trusted department in the United States. There is a higher level of trust in small business owners than in large corporations or organized labor and even in the church and the military. Now, however, is the time for Americans to put their money where their hearts are. So take a chance on a local business. Now. Especially at this time of the year. And I’m going to guide you about it, so read on.
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The last two years have seen a significant increase in the number of people making nearly all of their purchases online. As a result, massive online communities have formed.
They made even more money than they already had. You can rest assured that a giant corporation named after a river in South America doesn’t require your services. But, hey, the founder flies his money into space.
In the meantime, your local small businesses, such as the shops, restaurants, and grocers, really need your support. So does the rest of your neighborhood. Your hard-earned cash goes to a local business.
Your town is a hotbed for small businesses, which in turn creates jobs and economic activity.
Boosting your own personal financial situation. Buying from a small business and paying taxes goes a long way.
Roads and fire departments for your community’s schools and roadways.
During the holidays, small businesses need your help and your money. We have compiled a list of seven ways in which you can support your local small businesses while having a good time.
Small Businesses Should be your First and not your Last port of call.
Shop at small and local businesses first, and you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor. But that doesn’t mean you won’t shop at big-name stores or on the internet as well! Instead, you’re simply deciding to preference small businesses when you spend your money.
Now is the time to start your holiday shopping!
According to what you’ve heard, there will be supply issues. For example, large box stores and online retailers often outbid small local businesses on price. But, of course, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on all the benefits of participating. As soon as possible, go shopping at your local small business, where you’re more likely to find exactly what you’re looking for (or a wonderful surprise!).
Remove the intermediary
By purchasing from small businesses directly, you help them make more money. DoorDash and GrubHub, for example, take a cut of up to 30%. Online retailers typically take a 50% cut. Then, whenever possible, go straight to the source and make your purchases. Many online retailers sold certain toys made in the United States that my nieces, aged 4 and 2, requested for their Christmas presents. I was able to locate the manufacturer after a quick internet search. I purchased directly from the company. The gifts were already on their way for the same price, including shipping.
Purchase gift certificates.
If you’re looking for a special and thoughtful gift, consider a gift card from a local small business. Support your local business community while also finding the ideal present for a difficult-to-please member of your family or friends.
Consider Small Business Saturday an opportunity to support local businesses.
After Thanksgiving, what will you do with your family? No more Black Friday. Saturday after Thanksgiving is still one of the best days of the year for small businesses. Take a route to your local Main Street to do some shopping, grab a cup of coffee at an independent coffee shop, browse an independent bookstore for unique gifts, and have lunch at a local restaurant. Wonderful day!
Purchase from nearby retailers via the internet
Alternatively, you can contact us by phone. No desire to get out of bed? Use the internet to buy from small businesses in your area. E-commerce websites are standard for many of them. Unless they do? Take a call to place your order.
If you are looking for a magnificent product or service that a large corporation doesn’t offer, you may have to look elsewhere. When that occurs, make it a priority to buy from a local big business, like a superstore. At the very least, taxes and jobs are kept local.
Small businesses are my favorite. Those who live in them make them interesting, unique, and lively. Your
The Little League, the churches, and the neighborhood small businesses all rely on the support of the local community.
And food banks, synagogues, and mosques. It’s “Buy Local or Bye-Bye,” as a sign I saw once said.
Businesses in your neighborhood are at risk if you don’t support them.
In 2022, Here are Small Business Resolutions to Keep in Mind.
Every year, I list all of my goals for my small business. They represent a way of narrowing down my goals for the upcoming year. Your small business is invited to join me as we prepare for the year 2022.
Before putting together this year’s list, I looked back at previous years’ lists. In particular, I looked back 20 years—to my 2002 goals.
Twenty years ago, I wrote, “The word for 2002 is unpredictability.” If you’re old enough, you may recall that the US economy was in recession just three months before the September 11 attacks. Rhonda’s Resolutions for an Unsettled Time was the title of my list. Isn’t it time for a change?
“Unpredictable” is a word that describes 2022 without a doubt. In the middle of a devastating pandemic, we’re still in the thick of things. Inflation is on its way. We don’t even know if people will return to their workplaces or if they will spend money in retail establishments or restaurants.
You are a small business owner, so don’t worry about it. We, business owners, are optimistic because we made it through the tough times of 2002, and we will see again.
Here’s a list of resolutions I’ve made this year and ones from 2002 that are still relevant today for my small business and yours.
Assisting small businesses is the first step.
To put it simply, it’s at the top of my list. In the face of arising fierce competition from giant online retailers or rapacious internet platforms that take ridiculously high percentages of sales from small restaurants or suppliers, we must all stick together. Instead, support your neighborhood small business by spending your money there.
Take care of the ideally critical tasks first.
This is one of my most significant personal goals. In the same way that most small-business owners feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks they must complete each day, I do, too. To that end, I’ve decided to start each day by focusing on the task that ranks highest on my priority list.
Improve your technology skills even further.
Because of what we’ve learned over the last two years, every business is now tech-reliant. So you have to keep up with e-rapid commerce’s advancements. In addition, remote work has become the standard. If you don’t know how to use technology effectively, you need to learn or hire someone who does.
Remember the people in your life who mean the most to you.
Make an effort to be kind to those around you by frequently saying thank you to coworkers, referral sources, and vendors. Take your loved one out to dinner as a thank you gift. Honor your children by spending a weekend with them as “honored guests” in appreciation of their sacrifices.
What about the New Year’s resolutions you made in 2002?
Keep an eye on your money.
The importance of this is undeniable today, as it was in 2002. Having money in the bank gives you a sense of security and flexibility in the face of uncertain circumstances. Make sure you send out all invoices on time and cut back on non-essentials to save money.
Maintain regular contact with your customers.
According to Rhonda’s rules, it’s cheaper to keep an existing customer than to find a new one. Make sure you’re regularly interacting with your customers one-on-one. While it’s easy to lose track of time spent on social media, that may not be the best way to cultivate meaningful connections. Toss out newsletters, make calls, and take critical customers out to lunch.
Cut back on your energy consumption.
To save money 20 years ago, this suggestion was primarily based on rising energy costs. It’s time to save the planet now, folks. More hurricanes, wildfires, and rising sea levels have been caused by climate change in the last 20 years. Even small businesses play a role in cutting back on their usage and waste.
Be prepared in case of a crisis.
You’re more likely than ever to have to deal with a weather-related emergency as a result of global warming. However, as the case of Covid demonstrated, emergencies can strike at any time. Having a disaster plan in place and using cloud-based applications can help you keep your business running in the event of an emergency. And keep track of your finances! These are essential if you ever find yourself needing assistance from the government.
Whatever goals you set for your company in 2022, I wish you all the best for a prosperous and healthy new year!