On 24th March Prime Minister Of India Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide lockdown limiting movement of the entire 1.3 billion population of India as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.
While measures such as social distancing and self-isolation are vital in helping to curb the spread of this deadly disease, they also threaten to devastate local business houses.
During such tough times, while the government is doing its part to protect the economy, there are plenty of ways we people can lend our support to our favorite local businesses. If you have financial means, it’s a great idea to keep them in mind and keep using their services throughout this time. However today we are going to share with you ways as to how you can support small businesses without spending a dime.
4 ways to support small businesses for ?0.00
1. Spread the word, tell your friends and family-
People trust other people and the experiences they have to report, which means that when they hear from a friend or a consumer about a product or brand, they are more likely to avail of their services. By doing so you are giving the small business free PR. Next time you come across something you loved don’t forget to let your friends and family know about it! Chances are there they will love it too!
2. Engage on social media-
With more businesses going digital and making their presence on various social media platforms we can show our support by liking, commenting, reposting, tagging, or simply mentioning them in our story. This doesn’t take much of your time and at the same time makes the business more noticeable. Social media shoutouts are free, give them generously!
3. Write a positive review, sign up for their newsletter-
Reviews not only have the power to influence consumer decisions but can strengthen a company’s credibility. Having a solid reputation online goes a long way so if you have been meaning to write a positive review to your favorite business now is the time. Consider leaving them a review on public sites as well as when you see them next. This helps them stay optimistic during tough times.
4. Give your expertise for free-
If a small business you know is struggling, offer any accounting or computer skills you are good at for free. The rewards of donating, serving, and giving back to society are immeasurable. In addition to the joy you get from helping others, it can also be an opportunity for small businesses to expand even more.
A small business survives on your loyalty, patronage whether you’re a local or a regular. They don’t just make our lives more convenient but they are essential to our communities and our country. Buying and supporting local keeps four times the money in the economy compared to shopping at chains. Small changes create BIG impacts on our local economy. Let’s start today, let’s start with you!