Many small businesses and creatives have already started to feel the impact of the Coronavirus—from closing their doors to experiencing reduced sales. Entire industries are now forced to put a pause on daily operations. However, you can still support small businesses during COVID-19. While you may not be able to physically visit their business, there are still plenty of ways you can help keep them afloat. Here are a few ideas.
Shop from Small Boutiques and Online Shops
Many boutiques with online shops are still shipping items. Now’s a great time to do some online shopping and get yourself a few things while benefitting small businesses. Our advice? Find items that will help manage your stress during self-quarantine, like DIY projects to get your creativity flowing, or comfy clothes to hang out at home in. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Order Take-Out or Delivery
While this quarantine is a great time to practice your cooking skills, sometimes you just don’t want to cook. Instead of getting take-out from large chain restaurants, order from a local restaurant. Though dine-in services are a no-go right now, many places are offering take-out options or delivery. Some delivery platforms are even momentarily waiving their delivery fees, so you can spend less on fees and more on good food from local establishments.
Share on Social Media
Aside from allowing you to keep in touch with friends and family and stay current on the news, social media is a great way to spread the word about local businesses. Want to support some of your favorite businesses during these hard times? Use your platforms to promote some of your favorites and help keep them afloat. You never know when sharing something might turn into a sale!
At The Westport Apartments in Norfolk, Virginia, we hope this will motivate and inspire you to go above and beyond in order to achieve your dreams.