Independent Businesses and Coronavirus - How You Can Help!
We all know the Coronavirus is going to have an impact on our day to day lives, but it’s a particularly scary time for independent shops, restaurants, businesses and artists.
Here’s some things you can do, right now, from the comfort of your self-isolation to help your favourite indies:
Shop Small - Online Or By Phone
Most of your favourite independent shops will have their own little piece of the internet. If you can’t go out and pay them a visit, they’re likely to have an online store for you to peruse at your leisure.
If they don’t, give them a call, they’ll be more than happy to talk you through their range and arrange a delivery or collection.
Share And Interact With Their Social Media
This is the easiest way to show your support for your favourite Indies. There’s a reason we small businesses are so active on social media - It helps you get to know us! A simple comment, reaction or share helps spread the word.
Buy Gift Vouchers
Buy now, indulge later! Particularly for small restaurants and bars, the option of a gift card may ease the cashflow pressures caused by social distancing. Plus, it gives you something to look forward too.
Use Your Local Greengrocer, Butcher or Convenience Store
We’ve all seen the supermarket chaos on Facebook. Avoid the melee and go direct to your local produce market, if you’re able. It’s gonna be fresher anyway.
Oh, and stop stockpiling toilet roll.
Word Of Mouth
Tall, talk, talk! Tell your friends about the amazing customer service you experienced from the last small business you bought from! Recommendations and word of mouth are some of the best support you can give a small business. Maybe they didn’t realise that business offered that product or service?
Leave A Nice Review On Facebook, Google or Trip Advisor
It’s easy to not leave a review, but with all the uncertainty in the world right now, it’s a great time to spread a little positivity! Reviews can make or break a business. It lets new customers know what a fantastic service to expect, and helps the business know they’re on the right track!
Most importantly, be safe and be sensible!