The Coronavirus pandemic has affected lives all over the world, and it has affected them in many different ways. It has also impacted the economy massively. While people all over the world have done what they can to help out in their local community by making sure that the vulnerable people in society have been able to get food and medicine, it’s also really important to support your local businesses so that your local village or town will still be there when all this is over. If you’re not feeling comfortable about going outside just yet, then there are still ways you can help out and to help to boost the local economy so that you don’t lose your local shops and businesses.
Every Little Bit Helps
Small things such as liking a small business’ social media page or following them on Instagram or Twitter shows them that you have not forgotten about them. If you can afford to, then why not treat yourself to a local shopping spree? Or buy a little something every time you go out for a walk.
Give People Work
While it is a difficult time for everyone right now if you can afford to then hire a cleaner, pay for a lawn cutting service and order food from your local restaurants and takeaways. There are lots of things you could do to get your house straight at the moment, so why not go for it and get the oven cleaned and the walls painted and give someone some work at the same time.
Shop Local … Online
If you want to support your local shops, but you’re not feeling comfortable going out or perhaps they haven’t opened back up yet, then get online but forget the huge companies, find the little ones that you know and want to help. Most now have an online presence, and whether it’s shopping online or donating to them, there should be some way of showing your support.
Buy Gift Cards
While you might not need anything right now, you could purchase a gift card to use in the future. Many small shops have missed out on the sales that they would have had from important occasions this year such as Easter and Mother’s Day and they could miss out on the rest of the holiday season this year too. So, as life has been difficult for you too, then it’s important that you treat yourself. Even if a store you like isn’t currently open, it’s worth checking to see if they have gift cards you can buy now. As many businesses have had to make significant changes, you might find that shops that haven’t sold gift cards in the past now do so as a way to make extra money during this crisis.
Where you can, try and pay in advance for goods, services and any activities you would normally use regularly, even if you can’t use them now. Whether it’s cleaning services or dance classes, giving the business some cash in advance could help them stay afloat.