One way to reduce stress and anxiety is to feel you're giving back to the cause and helping things to move forward. As we get through this situation together, supporting businesses is a great way to give back and help our economy. Here are ten ways you can help without having to leave your home or car.
Not everyone is in the position to be spending right now, and if you can't, scroll down to number 9 it only costs a few minutes of your time. If you can keep your old spending habits, it's a great way to help, with minimal to no exposure to other people.
It's important to spend with small businesses because it's not as easy for them to bounce back from long periods of profit loss. If you're not able to go to a small business, don't feel discouraged, it's helping too. Supporting big businesses like grocery store chains and Wal-Mart gives job security to their large base of employees, of whom many are your neighbors.
1. Buy Gift Certificates
There are several businesses we all visit regularly, so help them out by buying a few gift certificates to get through this time. Some great examples are restaurants, nail and hair salons, boutiques, spas, and places you take your kids such as jumping world.
2. Send Flowers to Someone
Flower shops are still delivering, and they bring so much joy to the receiver. We could all use a bit of cheering up right now.
3. Order Curbside or Delivery from Restaurants
Restaurants have taken several actions to adapt to COVID-19, which has closed their dining areas. Order in food on nights you typically would go out to eat, and if they offer alcohol, think about making that an add on. Alcohol sales are a big moneymaker for restaurants.
4. Schedule Photos for a Family Porch Session
I think this is a very creative way for photographers to cope with COVID-19. This experience is something we'll all remember, so document it with a family portrait on your front porch.
5. Support Your Local Farmer's Market
There are several ways you can help out your local farmer's market. You can give them a donation. Call them and check to see if they offer curbside pick up. If they don't have a curbside option, ask for information on the guidelines they're implementing for safe shopping. If you feel comfortable, think about going there for your produce instead of the grocery store.
6. Order Clothing Online
If you haven't already, this is the perfect time to pack away the winter wardrobe and spruce up your spring styles. Boutiques' storefronts are closed, but their websites are still open for business and keeping their profits going. Do some online window shopping and order some cute outfits if you find anything.
7. Pre-order or Pay Ahead for Products or Services
Most artisans such as jewelry makers will let you pre-pay for items you can get once they open back up. See if you can go ahead and place an order for a custom item.
Lots of gyms have moved their workouts to virtual classes. See if you can pay ahead on your membership.
8. Order at Home DIY Kits
Most businesses such as painting/pottery places and bakeries have put together DIY kits for at home, and they may even deliver them. Call them for information on their package offerings and plan a fun family night indoors.
9. Share Their Posts on Social Media
Most businesses have adapted to COVID-19 and are offering services they never have, so sharing their social media posts about their new avenues of servicing customers is a great way to help them get the word out.
10. Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping
Mother's Day and Father's Day are just around the corner. Now's as good a time as any to get your gifts together. If we're still staying home and not able to celebrate together, you might want to spend a little extra time picking out the perfect gift.
It may feel like it's too early for Christmas shopping, but if you know you buy candles for your coworkers every year, why not think about buying them now? Retailers are offering some good sales right now, while you may not get Christmas time discounts, you could probably still get a good deal.
Be sure to share how you're helping businesses through this tough time in the comments below.
Until next time,
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