There’s no doubt that our purchasing decisions are the backbone of the local economy, and whether we buy local or shop at a larger chain often helps determine whether smaller businesses survive and then thrive. Currently, as larger businesses threaten to erode small business communities and many small and local businesses are pinching pennies to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, the practice of buying local is more important than ever.
The threat of the COVID-19 pandemic restricts the way we live our lives, our budgets, and what we can or can’t purchase. It’s very tempting to give in to any conveniences that present themselves, such as purchasing our goods, foods, and necessities from the easiest, largest sellers. However, constantly taking this option can be potentially devastating to our local communities, as small and local businesses struggle to survive with reduced sales and no foot traffic.As a result, our towns and communities can suffer in the long term for it.
Local businesses, including restaurants, farms, distilleries, wineries, breweries, bakeries, retailers, and trade services, still need your business at this time. Most of them are trying their best to reach you and make their services available to you throughout the pandemic, using shipping and delivery services, curbside pickups, and other flexible innovations.
Here is a guide to get you to start thinking about how your buying habits can help to support your local economy.
Kelli Gardener is a blogger at GroomandStyle.com, a healthy lifestyle website aiming to help small businesses survive the economic downturn from the Coronavirus. This excerpt has been reposted with permission.