How to Support Small Businesses During COVID-19

Jaimee Phipps

April 3, 2020

2020 has been absolutely crazy, from Australian bushfires to a global health crisis that is crashing the economy. As the governments are taking measures to stop the spread of the virus many small businesses are suffering and starting to close. While there is no cure or concrete end in sight, there are small things that the community can do to support their local businesses.

Innovate Your Design is located on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and as the number of cases are rising small business are soon to shut and possibly not able to reopen. Our team has come up with 8 ways to support small local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

1. Shop Online

Businesses are getting quieter and will soon be coming to a close, whether that is because of an official government lockdown or they cannot afford to stay open any longer. Most clothing stores/ boutiques will turn to being just online/ ecommerce. The community should stay home and shop online, this not only keeps yourself and others safe, but it also continues the economy of the business you are supporting.

 

2. Order Takeout / Delivery

Although all cafes and restaurants are completely doing takeaway now, most are offering delivery for a very low price. Most people have gone from having fast food as an easy go-to and having a drastic change can make stress levels rise. The cafes and restaurants are still open, whether you’re craving eggs benny or brunch over FaceTime with a friend, delivery and takeout are still available! 

Some delivery services in your area may include, Uber Eats, Menulog, Deliveroo. 

 

3. Ask Businesses for Alternatives

If your favourite business is potentially coming to a close, why not ask if they might consider going online? Online guitar lessons? Personal Trainer guide online? Rather than leaving the business to suffer, try to still support the business by still continuing your interests/ education online.

 

4. Buy Gift Cards / E-Gift Cards

Most businesses offer gift cards or Electronic Gift Cards, these are a fantastic way of keeping your local boutiques alive. Whether you’re giving the gift card to a loved one, neighbour or even for yourself for later down the track. This still supports the business whether you’re exchanging the gift card now or in a month from now. 

 

This doesn’t just go for big brand stores, think of the at-home hairdresser in your neighbourhood, the small cinema, boutiques and restaurants.

 

5. Be Patient

In many cases, these entrepreneurs are now working at a dramatically reduced capacity. There is a high chance that there will be out-of-stock items, every business is suffering. These businesses want to still meet your expectations, however; if they cannot meet your needs extend your patience and keep polite. These entrepreneurs are working hard to stay open and serve the community.

6. Use your Card

As health reports are coming out more and more, we’re figuring out how this virus spreads and how fast, using a debit or credit card will keep yourself and the employee safe by stopping the spread of germs through cash.

 

7. Say Thank You

After picking up your takeaway order or paying for your gas say a quick thank you to the person behind the counter. They’re at front line risk, chances are if you say a little thank you it’ll make their hard day a little easier. 

 

8. Share Online 

Share your experience online! After all, we’re at home on our phones looking for something to do! A simple share of your food and a tag can go a long way. Maybe write agood review you’ve been meaning to write. 

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How to Support Small Businesses During COVID-19

Jaimee Phipps
April 3, 2020

2020 has been absolutely crazy, from Australian bushfires to a global health crisis that is crashing the economy. As the governments are taking measures to stop the spread of the virus many small businesses are suffering and starting to close. While there is no cure or concrete end in sight, there are small things that the community can do to support their local businesses.

Innovate Your Design is located on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and as the number of cases are rising small business are soon to shut and possibly not able to reopen. Our team has come up with 8 ways to support small local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

1. Shop Online

Businesses are getting quieter and will soon be coming to a close, whether that is because of an official government lockdown or they cannot afford to stay open any longer. Most clothing stores/ boutiques will turn to being just online/ ecommerce. The community should stay home and shop online, this not only keeps yourself and others safe, but it also continues the economy of the business you are supporting.

 

2. Order Takeout / Delivery

Although all cafes and restaurants are completely doing takeaway now, most are offering delivery for a very low price. Most people have gone from having fast food as an easy go-to and having a drastic change can make stress levels rise. The cafes and restaurants are still open, whether you’re craving eggs benny or brunch over FaceTime with a friend, delivery and takeout are still available! 

Some delivery services in your area may include, Uber Eats, Menulog, Deliveroo. 

 

3. Ask Businesses for Alternatives

If your favourite business is potentially coming to a close, why not ask if they might consider going online? Online guitar lessons? Personal Trainer guide online? Rather than leaving the business to suffer, try to still support the business by still continuing your interests/ education online.

 

4. Buy Gift Cards / E-Gift Cards

Most businesses offer gift cards or Electronic Gift Cards, these are a fantastic way of keeping your local boutiques alive. Whether you’re giving the gift card to a loved one, neighbour or even for yourself for later down the track. This still supports the business whether you’re exchanging the gift card now or in a month from now. 

 

This doesn’t just go for big brand stores, think of the at-home hairdresser in your neighbourhood, the small cinema, boutiques and restaurants.

 

5. Be Patient

In many cases, these entrepreneurs are now working at a dramatically reduced capacity. There is a high chance that there will be out-of-stock items, every business is suffering. These businesses want to still meet your expectations, however; if they cannot meet your needs extend your patience and keep polite. These entrepreneurs are working hard to stay open and serve the community.

6. Use your Card

As health reports are coming out more and more, we’re figuring out how this virus spreads and how fast, using a debit or credit card will keep yourself and the employee safe by stopping the spread of germs through cash.

 

7. Say Thank You

After picking up your takeaway order or paying for your gas say a quick thank you to the person behind the counter. They’re at front line risk, chances are if you say a little thank you it’ll make their hard day a little easier. 

 

8. Share Online 

Share your experience online! After all, we’re at home on our phones looking for something to do! A simple share of your food and a tag can go a long way. Maybe write agood review you’ve been meaning to write. 

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