5 easy ways to help support your favorite local businesses starting today, according to small-business owners
- Julia Wuench is the founder of The Authenticity Guide, a positive-psychology-based career and executive coaching firm that empowers individuals to harness their authenticity to improve life and work.
- She talked to several small business owners and founders about how customers can support them during the age of social distancing.
- Buy gift cards to use in the future, and, if you had any events scheduled, reschedule instead of asking for a refund.
- If there's a small business near and dear to your heart, give them a shoutout on social media.
- Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Social distancing is the name of the game - there's ample data showing that increasing space between people will slow the spread of COVID-19. It's comforting to see the CDC and local and state governments taking steps to limit exposure.
However, there have been huge ramifications on the economy from these measures. In particular, local businesses that depend on in-person foot traffic for their revenue (restaurants, bars, nail salons, etc.) are seriously hurting.
Unlike major retailers, these local businesses generally don't have the cash reserves to sustain themselves during these times. We'll inevitably see many of them close their doors permanently.
But we all want to see our favorite local establishments survive so that we can patronize them when it's safe to be back out in the world. So, here are a few things you can do as a consumer to help those businesses stay afloat, especially if you're someone whose income stream isn't affected by the novel coronavirus.
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