The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily lives in so many ways. It has affected how we do the normal things that we do and made us adopt new means of continuing our usual activities. It has, more importantly, impacted lots of businesses worldwide. With the impact of coronavirus still ongoing, it has become such a huge challenge for most businesses to survive.
In fact, a lot of companies, both big and small, have decided to close out or downscale to recoup their losses. Some are still surviving, but with more people fearing to go out and shop for stuff other than what’s necessary, it has been a challenge for some companies to reach out to their consumers. So if you have a friend or a relative who owns a small business and is trying to keep it alive during the pandemic, here are some ways for you to help them out.Choose to buy from a small business instead.
There are many businesses out there, and in one way or another, during this pandemic, you will surely need to buy a product or service from one of these businesses. If the situation permits it, choose to buy from a small business within your area, instead of going to a large chain store. It can be a small family restaurant where you can take out food from, a small convenience store, a newly-established pet shop in your area or even a new courier service provided by your neighbor. Supporting these small businesses can help them grow, or at least sustain their business and get past the hardships brought about by the pandemic.
Share small businesses you support with your friends.
Another great way to support a small business is by sharing them with your friends. Have a lot of friends or followers on social media? Then you can use this channel to promote a small business that you love buying from. If you have friends who you think will also love the products or services a certain business you support is offering, you can recommend the business to your friends and be able to help both parties by connecting them to one another.
Leave a good review anytime you can.
Anytime you avail of the products or services of small businesses and are satisfied with what you received, see to it that you give them a good review. Reviews can do a lot in building a small business’s reputation, especially now that online reviews matter to the everyday consumer. Most buyers look at online reviews first before deciding if they will purchase from a business or not. And by leaving a detailed review of your experience, especially if it’s a positive one, you can help promote a business to prospective customers online.
If you are among the few lucky people who didn’t get too affected by the pandemic and are still able to live a convenient life, then you should make it a habit to always reward good service. If you got great service from a waiter, a grocer, a barista, or even a convenience storekeeper, see to it that you let them know that you appreciate their hard work and that you thank them by giving them a reward in a form of tips. The tip that you give them can go a long way in helping business owners keep and reward their employees.
Treat employees and business owners with kindness.
Business owners nowadays already have enough on their plates. The simplest way that you can help them is by treating them and their employees with kindness. Before you interact with a business owner or employee, try to think about their situation at this moment. With the pandemic still going on, we are all going through some hardships. A little kindness can go a long way in motivating people to do well, to persevere, to survive. We can all do with some random acts of kindness from people around us, every once in a while.
So whether you are a consumer or a business owner yourself, you should do your share in supporting the people around you, especially the small businesses that are working their hardest to make it through this pandemic. And if you are looking for some Maui business owners and artisans to support, we invite you to shop some of the lovely artwork, crafts, and other goods available in the Made in Maui County Marketplace.