The world is full of businesses, which can range from large corporations all the way down to simple small businesses that are ran out of somebody’s home. Each business provides a service to others and you, as a fellow community member, have your own needs that need to be fulfilled as well. Most people have the trend of fulfilling their needs at large trusted corporations because they know they are safe and the service they need will be taken care of. However, here are a few reasons why you may want to consider changing up that habit a little bit and find a way to support small businesses while looking for a service.
Giving to Your Community
A small business is generally made up of employees and owners that are also within your community. By supporting them, you are also supporting where you live and helping create a sustainable economy as well. Nearly 50% of purchases at local businesses are circulated back into the local economy, which goes on to benefit the public schools, parks, roads, and neighborhoods in which you live.
Receiving Better Service and More Diversity
As you likely know very well, large corporations, despite their greatest intentions, are often hard to communicate with when you have a problem with their service. It may not necessarily be because they do not want to help, but more that they have so many people they are already trying to service. When dealing with small businesses, you will have a higher chance of receiving greater customer service. Additionally, you will likely receive a more diversifying array of services or product from locally owned businesses.
Finding Ways to Support
With all of this said above, it can be a little daunting to begin thinking about ways to start supporting small businesses. One of the easiest ways to start supporting is by finding locally owned restaurants, rather than the big chains, and trying what they have to offer. You can also find super markets that are often locally owned as well as attend farmers markets to support local community members. Additionally, if you are looking for non-perishable items, there are often many places you can go to that are locally owned in order to purchase what you need without having to bother a large chain.
Supporting businesses that are owned locally is often a great way to support your community. There is often a feeling of doing something good when doing this as well. If you can do your part in supporting your local community, then consider this your invitation to do so.