Due to social distancing there have been huge ramifications on the economy. In particular, local businesses that depend on in-person foot traffic for their revenue (restaurants, bars, nail salons, etc.) are seriously hurting. Unlike major retailers, these local businesses generally don't have the cash reserves themselves during these times.
But we all want to see our favorite local establishments survive so that we can patronize them when it's safe to be back out in the world. So, here are a few things you can do as a consumer to help those businesses stay afloat!
1. Buy Gift Certificates
When you can't visit a local business now, but you know you will want to later, everyone wins when you buy a gift card! Those businesses can record some revenue on their books, and you have something fun to look forward to later.
2. Reschedule Events
Small businesses that hold events rely on event income to stay in business. With event cancellations happening daily, it can be a tough time for locally owned event spaces.
3. Social Media Shoutouts
Thanks to social distancing, people are spending more and more time on their phones and computers. That means more eyes on social media pages. When you highlight a local business on your social media, it can have a catalytic effect.
4. Get Delivery
Having out in your favorite restaurant is not a good idea at the moment. Luckily, most restaurants and shops have stepped up options like delivery or curbside pickup so you can minimize contact with humans.
5. Say Thanks
Everyone is very stressed right now, send a thank-you note or an email to let them know that you see them and you're thinking of them. A little compassion and connection right now goes a long way.