Giving back improves physical and mental health by reducing stress and increasing self-esteem. Aside from volunteering and money donations, supporting small businesses helps and connects you with your neighborhood.
It's important to shop small because those businesses directly impact your community with tax dollars and creating jobs locally. If you're not in the position to be spending right now, scroll down to Share Their Posts on Social Media, it only costs a few minutes of your time.
Purchase Gift Certificates
There are several businesses you visit on a day-to-day basis, so give them a hand during a slow or off-season by buying a few gift certificates. Use these on your next visit, or share your favorite place with a friend on your next gifting occasion. Some examples of places to keep in mind are restaurants, nail and hair salons, boutiques, spas, and shops you take your kids, such as jumping world or pottery painting.
Send Flowers to Someone
Flowers bring so much joy to the receiver, especially when it's a surprise. It's a lovely way to reach out and reconnect with someone you haven't spoken to in a while.
Schedule a Family Photo Session
What year was your last family photo taken? If it's been quite a few years, it may be time to get everyone together. There might be a few new faces to include.
Visit Your Local Farmer's Market
Try going there for your weekly produce instead of the grocery store. If you're not in a position to do so, make a monthly day trip with a friend to drive out to one. Pick a new seasonal recipe to try and buy the fresh ingredients to make it.
Pre-order or Pay Ahead for Products or Services
Most artisans, such as jewelry makers, will let you pre-pay for items they have yet to create. See if you can go ahead and place an order for a custom item.
Order at DIY Kits
Most businesses such as art studios, pottery places, and bakeries have put together DIY kits you can do at home, and they may even deliver them. Call them for information on their package offerings and plan a fun family night indoors.
Share Their Posts on Social Media
Most businesses have core products but also adapt to new trends by offering services they never have. Sharing their social media posts about new avenues is a great way to help them get the word out.
While you're on their social channels, leave them an authentic and thoughtful review. It can go a long way in gaining new customers.
Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping
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? Take advantage of sales during off-seasons, and you might save on your holiday budget.
Be sure to share your best tips on supporting businesses in the comments below.
Until next time,
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