Now, more than ever it is important for us to try and support small businesses. Obviously buying from them is great but not everyone is in the position to do so and here are some other ways you can help a small business for FREE.
Leave a review
If you have purchased from a small business you can leave them a review. Facebook, Google, Etsy, their website etc all have review options and even if you just send them a message or email for them to share that can help greatly. With small businesses, people often aren’t sure of quality and delivery so leaving reviews that they can share is a great way to help and reassures future customers.
Like, Share, Comment
Engagement on social media can help a small business immensely. Having engagement on posts shows that they aren’t spam and will boost them up people feeds so there is more chance of them being seen and in turn purchasing from them.
Not only that, it could make the owners day. If they are working hard to produce content, its great to see people engaging with it and may give them that little boost they needed.
Share your skills
If you know a friend or family member with a small business and you have skills that may help them, maybe offer some time. It could just be helping them set up social media, or making them some leaflets right through to helping them set up a website. Just because you know how to do these things doesn’t mean everyone finds them easy, ask them if you can help in any way.
If you have ordered from a small business and it is taking a little longer than expected to arrive or there is a problem when it does. Just politely contact them to try and sort it out before you start tagging them on social media. It may be a genuine mistake and during the current lockdown there are a lot of postal delays for example.
If you do buy from small businesses, take and share pictures. Was the packaging lovely? Was there a cute little note included? Sharing these pictures can really help the business and show others the great service and attention to detail you received.