While we are all trying to soldier through quarantine, it’s easy to forget the small and local businesses in our area that are struggling to keep their doors open. Whether that’s the small antique store down the block or the local pastry shop around the corner, these businesses will be struggling.
Believe it or not, even with the restrictions and social distancing, you can still do your part to support your local entrepreneurs and help them to survive.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all thought about buying the entire stock of certain stores as we sit on the couch in quarantine. Now, though, instead of buying from large corporations online, you can visit the website or Facebook page of your favorite local boutique, shop, or store, and buy something there.
These online orders will see to it that these local stores can stay afloat without putting anyone in danger of getting sick or breaking guidelines.
Many Americans have already caught on to this trend. Whether you’re using the business’s own delivery system or something like GrubHub, you can order your favorite local food and have it delivered to your door!
Several states have already decreed that no restaurants can have people dine in. That’s okay because there’s nothing like eating a fresh pizza or salad on your couch as you binge Netflix!
Be Patient and Understanding
If your town is anything like mine, there are local small businesses that are run by families. Some of these families are struggling to keep their business afloat because they now have to worry about what to do with their kids while they’re out of school.
One of my dad’s favorite Chinese restaurants is having trouble even getting food delivered to their restaurant to make. The important thing is to be patient. If the delivery takes longer than you’d like, take a breath. If the person on the other end of the phone doesn’t speak very good English, use your Jarvisen Translator to speak to them in their own language and take the stress out of communicating.
The best thing you and I can do to help our local small businesses is to remind them that we haven’t forgotten about them (because we haven’t!)