With city-wide shutdowns spreading across the nation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for small businesses to stay afloat. They still have rent and other overhead costs to cover, not to mention supporting their staff as best they can. If you are looking for ways to support your favorite small businesses like restaurants, hair salons, gyms, and the like, keep reading for creative ways to give back during this crisis.
Purchase Gift Cards
While you likely cannot patronize your hair salon or your favorite spa to get your hair and eyebrows done, you can still help them financially by purchasing digital gift cards. This option is a win for everyone since you’ll be looking out for your post-quarantine edges, while doing what you can to keep a small business afloat. If your salon doesn’t have an option for digital gift cards, consider sending the price of a service, like $50 for lash extensions, to your technician. This way, they can pay their bills and still be in business when this crisis is over.
Order Takeout or Delivery
In many cities, restaurants are still open for business but at a limited capacity. You can do your part to keep your local eateries alive by ordering your favorite plates to-go or via a delivery service. Many services like Uber Eats, PostMates, and GrubHub are offering no-contact deliveries to your doorstep to keep you and delivery staff safe. At least while you can, give your local restaurant a call and give your kitchen at home a much needed break.
Make Donations to Support Individuals and Families in Need
With many small businesses closing their doors indefinitely, some of the hardest hit are those staff members who have been laid off with limited options for employment.