In case you haven’t already noticed, I’m a huge fan of small businesses, and I’m always looking for new ways to support them.
Here are a few easy things you can do to support your favorite local small businesses.
1. Follow and share their social media.
Seriously— all it takes is the click of a button to support a small business. Most small businesses heavily rely on social media to get the word out about their products and services. If you take a second out of your day to share a local small business’s latest Instagram post on your page, you’ll be doing them a huge favor at no expense to you. Even just a like and a supportive comment goes a long way.
2. Leave reviews.
If you’ve shopped with a small business before, make sure you take the time to leave them a review on their website and social media. All of the small business owners I know do a little happy dance inside when they receive a positive review— it really makes their day. This is one of the easiest and most helpful ways to support a small business without spending an extra dime.
3. Spread the word.
It costs nothing to tell your friends and family about your favorite small businesses. Simply spreading the word is an effective way of supporting local businesses and helping them reach new customers.
4. Shop with them at local markets.
This is really a bonus for you because you can skip paying for shipping and go right to the source. Keep up with your favorite small businesses’ social media accounts to see if they’re going to be at markets or festivals in your area. If you do go out and shop with them at events, make sure to take pictures and tag them on social media for extra exposure and support!
5. Don’t ask for discounts.
I don’t know why, but it seems that people are way too comfortable asking small business owners for discounts. You wouldn’t ask Target for a discount on your groceries, would you? The same applies to small businesses. Most small business owners have their rates and prices down to a science, and they’re charging what they’re charging for a reason. Respect your local small businesses and support their hard work by not asking for or expecting discounts.