Since being a blogger, I have discovered so many small businesses that beforehand I would have never found. Over time the internet has opened up some amazing business opportunities for a lot of people. Now having your own business is something anyone could do and not limited to people with degrees. I am a firm believer in supporting these businesses.
They’ve done something that I could only imagine doing and I love how strong they are. There are some great businesses out there but without people supporting them, they wouldn’t be able to continue. Being supportive is definitely a must with small businesses. Over the course of being a blogger, I have supported some great brands, including Dorkface, The Birdhouse Calligraphy and Juniper Daze Designs.
There are a couple of ways you can support small businesses, please carry on reading to learn the easy ways to support them.
Buy from them
This tip is pretty obvious if you want to support small businesses, actually buy their products! There is no better way than buying from them, instead of going into your local stationery store, why don’t you visit Etsy and search what you’re looking for. There are some great stores on Etsy that you can buy pretty much anything. I love strolling through and seeing what’s on offer. Not only are you buying quality and handmade products, but you’re supporting them.
One great example of this is one of my recent purchases. My younger sister adores Marvel and DC Comics but unfortunately, there aren’t that many female-oriented cards. I searched everywhere on the high street, card and comic book shops, but there was nothing around. I decided to search through Etsy and with a quick search I came across a Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy card to celebrate her birthday.
Recommend them to friends and family
Word of mouth and recommending is such an easy but effective way to support small businesses, unfortunately, we don’t all have the funds to support that way but why don’t you recommend a business you’ve come across. If you’ve brought something from them before, you know the type of service and quality you’ll receive. Some people listen to recommendations and they buy everything based on them.
Blog about them
If you’re a blogger like myself, why don’t you blog about them? Blogging is not just about receiving freebies or getting paid for your work. Sometimes it’s nice to support a business from buying their products to writing about them. I have done a couple in the past and these are my favourite posts to write. Showcasing some amazing businesses out there that deserve to be spoken about.
There is a range of different posts you can write, from an introduction post to reviewing products and how about a Q&A with the creator. It’s definitely wise to do something a little different from the norm to introduce your audience to the business. Something I’ve been thinking about for a while is producing a gift guide featuring small businesses and keeping within a certain price range.
We don’t all have the biggest budget for celebrations but it’s the thought that counts!
Social media love
Once you’ve brought from a small business or even interested, you should follow them on social media. This is the perfect way to keep up to date with their work and if they have any exclusive giveaways. I love keeping up to date this way, how about sharing and liking their content? You never know who might come across their work by sharing, I know I’ve come across some great businesses this way. It’s the small things in life that make a difference.
I hope you have enjoyed this post! Do you have any
small businesses to recommend?