6 Ways to Help Out Small Businesses

Posted on May 22 2020 Posted in  Charitable Shopping
6 Ways to Help Out Small Businesses

Face it, sitting in quarantine these last several months has made you miss your normal routines. The trips to the hair salon. The Sunday breakfasts at the diner. The non-virtual visits with friends and neighbors. Even the too-small office desk at work!

But if there’s one thing this experience has taught all of us, it’s that we know how to be resilient. We adapt to the difficult circumstances life’s thrown at us and we support each other. In fact, according to a recent TopCashback survey that polled over 1,000 adults, 47% of Americans are helping out small businesses more than before.

It’s no secret that local shops, restaurants and services have been hit the hardest. So, many patrons have decided to step up. When asked how they are supporting these affected businesses, 74% of the people surveyed revealed they are ordering takeout. Others say they tip more or shop their local stores online.

With these findings, TopCashback’s Consumer Expert Rebecca Gramuglia put together a list of ways we can assist small, overlooked businesses going through financial hardship. Since they’ve always been there for us, it’s time for us to be there for them.

1. Buy Local

Drop name-brand products for locally made goods. Ground coffee, for example, can be purchased from your local independent coffee shops instead of packed grocery stores.

Also, be on the lookout for restaurants selling their supplies for purchase, such as produce, beverages and meat. Many local shops have transferred their business online, so you can show your support by ordering from their websites.

2. Order Takeout or Delivery

Your favorite eateries might have closed their doors for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t chow down on their delicious cuisine. Check to see if they’re offering takeout or delivery. Not only will that help keep the business going, but it provides income to delivery drivers!

Enjoy your food and maintain a healthy distance by paying with your credit card over the phone (or through an app), tipping your driver and asking for contactless delivery.

3. Donate

If you can. These suffering businesses will even appreciate your volunteer efforts.

4. Buy Gift Cards

Give a much-needed boost to your favorite café, theater, boutique or restaurant and buy gift cards where possible. You could also ask to purchase some credit to cash in later. This is an immediate way to aid your local businesses now, while giving yourself something to look forward to when everything reopens.

5. Tip More Than Usual

Again, if you can. Meal carriers, restaurants and staff are doing a potentially dangerous job. Their income can drop due to fewer customers or changes in public health restrictions – at any time!

6. Simply Say ‘Thank You’

People who do thankless work, like stocking shelves at the supermarket, deserve to hear that they are appreciated. And don’t forget, many of these employees are working harder than ever before to keep shops clean and full.

If you can’t say thank you in person, do it on social media. Tagging, sharing or posting about a small business will mean a lot.

 

What are you doing to help out? Sound off below!

Comments
Member1122957023939Jun 01 20 - 18:29На да помогать друг другу . Просто быть простой . Спасибо
eviewMay 28 20 - 13:23I am shopping local, giving the employees wipes, etc.
Hello There,

That's wonderful. Keep up the great work, every bit counts :)

Best Wishes.

Dominique