A Guide on How to Continue to Support Local Businesses During COVID-19
Small businesses need our support now more than ever. As a consumer, there are many ways you can continue to support small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. Here are a few ideas you can start with right now.**
Buy gift cards
Gift cards are a great way to support a small business now by getting yourself something in the future. This is a great idea for your local retail shops, restaurants, and personal services. Plus, most small businesses offer the option to purchase gift cards online.
Shop local online
If your favorite local small businesses offer online shopping, consider getting a head start on any upcoming birthdays, holidays, or “just because” purchases. Do you have a favorite shop that hasn’t, in the past, offered the option to make purchases online? Check again. Many businesses are making the switch to online stores as a result of coronavirus and you may be surprised to find they are now listing the products you love online.
Order takeout or delivery
All local restaurants are closed for eat-in options, but many are still offering takeout or delivery as the safer and more sanitary alternative. Consider supporting a local restaurant near you by ordering delivery. For a complete list of local restaurants and grocery stores that are offering takeout or delivery click here.
Tip a little more than you usually would
Coronavirus is deeply hurting service and hourly workers financially. Without the steady flow of tips they usually see on, say, a busy Friday night, these employees are finding themselves short on cash.
If you are in a place to do so, tipping a little more aggressively right now would go far for service workers who are trying to make a living during unsure times. If businesses near you are offering discounts or free delivery in response to coronavirus, take the money that you are saving and instead add it on to your normal tip. The delivery workers or kitchen staff will appreciate the help and you’ll be doing your part to make sure that you can continue enjoying your favorite restaurants and small businesses once we return to business as usual.
Leave a positive review online
This one is completely free, takes only a couple of minutes, and can be done from the comfort of your couch.
Small businesses rely heavily on reviews. Think about it — when you’re looking for a new place to try in your neighborhood and you see they only have two stars on Google My Business, you’re probably less likely to stop there than one with five stars.
If you’re finding yourself with a little more free time than usual while social distancing, now is the perfect time to hop on Yelp, Google My Business or Facebook to share a kind note about your experience with a local business. Be sure to include photos of the delicious food you ate or the beautiful layout of the store to add even more value to your review.
Donate to a local nonprofit
In so many ways nonprofits are the backbone of our community.
With everyone practicing social distancing and staying mostly at home, nonprofit organizations are suffering from a sudden decrease in volunteers, cancellation of fundraising events, and, for some, a decrease in donations. Chipping in, when you can, will mean a lot to a nonprofit near you.
Want to do double the good? Buy a gift card from a local shop and donate it to a nonprofit that can use it. For example, your local pet shelter would likely love a gift card to the small pet supply shop in town. You’ll be providing the pet supply shop with immediate revenue and giving the shelter resources they desperately need.
Share, share, and share some more
Everyone loves a good recommendation. And, sometimes, advocating for your favorite small business is as easy as clicking ‘share’ on their latest social media post.
We are all missing the hundreds of events, festivals, arts gatherings, and craft fairs that entertain and inspire us. Let us remind our community and ourselves all the things, places and people we love about our community.
Show your love
Donate to the Nevada County Relief Fund and support our most vulnerable neighbors and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
**Source: Constant Contact