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In a time like this, small businesses need our help more than ever. COVID-19 has had a large impact on many small businesses—restaurant owners, hair stylists, DJ’s, event planners and so many more since its start. Finding ways to support these businesses during this time is vital to their continued success and growth.

Supporting small businesses requires the support of not just a few people, but the nation as a whole. If you see or know a small business owner, you should do your part in supporting them—whether that’s purchasing their products, sharing their pages on social media or simply giving them encouraging and uplifting affirmations during these trying times. Here are five things you can do right now without even having to leave the comfort of your home to support small businesses during this pandemic.

5 Ways You Can Support Small Businesses During COVID-19

  1. Shop small businesses online

Many local small businesses are accessible online. With that, whenever possible, take some time to give them your business through online shopping. Whether they’re selling clothing items, services or membership packages that comes with tools to help you elevate in your career, if you’re able to, make sure you’re doing your part by giving them your business. Keep in mind that you’re doing a small part by helping your local small businesses stay afloat during these times.

  1. Publicize small businesses on social media

There’s nothing like a good shout out or repost of one of your favorite local small businesses. At a time like this, it can be extremely difficult for small businesses to get the word out about who they are and what they do—so now more than ever, do your part by helping them. This is a supportive way to not only show your appreciation for the business, but to also allow others to do the same.

Share a favorite product or service of theirs that you would recommend to others. Snap a picture of you using that product and tag them on your story or caption. Tagging a business and providing the link to that businesses’ page will also bring the businesses’ attention to an audience they may have never reached before. Word-of-mouth is a powerful tool that many of us can utilize during this pandemic.

  1. Order takeout or delivery from local small business restaurants

Several restaurants have had to shut down due to COVID-19. Because of this, this has caused many servers to be out of a job and income. Many restaurants are doing their part by offering takeout and delivery services. If your local small business restaurants are still offering these things—support them by placing orders. If one of your main concerns is food handling and safety, call your local restaurant and ask them what measures they are taking to ensure everything is being kept clean. Not only will this help keep small businesses afloat, but it will also provide some sort of income for their employees.

  1. Purchase gift cards from local small businesses

Looking for a good way to give back to and support your favorite local small businesses? Purchase a gift card! Even if you can’t use the gift card right now, you can purchase it for a later time when everything calms down. This will allow your local small businesses to still make revenue and you’ll have a service to utilize in the future! A complete win-win situation for all parties involved!

  1. Refer a friend

Now that you’ve purchased your favorites and supported your local small businesses, tell a friend to tell a friend! Encourage those in your circle to do the same as they too are helping local small businesses stay afloat during these tough times. Do your part and help someone else along the way!

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