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How to Support Local Businesses That Are Closed Due to COVID-19

In this trying time, it’s important for everyone to pitch in to help with the fight against the coronavirus. One way to do this is to do your part in supporting local businesses to ensure they can reopen when the quarantine is lifted. Due to the quarantine, though, supporting a local business isn’t as simple as just walking in and making a purchase. To help your community stay strong, here are some creative ways to support local businesses that are closed due to COVID-19.

Buy Gift Cards

Even though most businesses can’t conduct business-as-usual, many of them are still selling gift cards. Buying a gift card now helps give a business some much-needed cash flow without having to immediately provide anything to you in return. Once the quarantine is over, you can celebrate your freedom by using your gift card to purchase an item that you’ve had your eye on. This ensures you get what you want and helps the business get what it needs.

Support on Social Media

Beyond a lack of cash flow, another risk that local businesses face is a lack of awareness. Since people aren’t out and about on a regular basis, it can be easy for small businesses to be forgotten about. To keep these businesses top-of-mind, though, you can share information about the businesses on your social media channels. This will help everyone remain aware of the businesses and possibly help new customers discover the businesses, as well.

Be Ready

Given the extra free time you have, you may want to attempt to do on your own things that you previously paid for. For example, professional manicures may have been something you paid to have done in the past but now have learned how to achieve similar results at home.

To help local businesses, though, you may have to give up some of that independence and once again patronize the businesses that provide these services. Even though it may cost a little more to have someone provide you with a service like a manicure, you can be happy knowing that you are pumping money into the local economy.

Stay Aware

In the coming weeks, different cities and states will begin to relax some restrictions at different times. Therefore, to help support small local businesses in your community, it’s important that you stay aware of these changes so that you can be quick to support the businesses that need your help. Once you determine that it is safe for you to get out and visit newly re-opened businesses, it’s important to do so as quickly as possible so that they know they still have the community’s support.

Stay Healthy

While you wait for local businesses to re-open, it’s important to take care of yourself so that you can stay healthy. It’s difficult to patronize a business if you have to isolate yourself because of the coronavirus. Therefore, work hard to follow restrictions and listen to expert advice to help keep you and your family safe.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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