As America huddles down, small businesses around the US are struggling to make ends meet….although customers have disappeared, bills and wages have not. Just how long these businesses will have to scale back operations due to the coronavirus outbreak whether it’s weeks or months is unclear at this time.
For those self-isolating in their homes worried that their favorite local bookstore, small eatery, boutique or coffee house will be decimated by the time it’s safe to resume regular life, or those who want to keep supporting service-oriented workers who can’t simply do their work remotely, there are a few things you can do.
1. Buy online.
If you have a solid source of income during this time, it might be worth taking the night off from cooking once in a while to support workers and business owners in your area who aren’t sure how they’re going to get through the next few months.
2. If you can, keep paying your house cleaner, dog walker, or anyone who depends on regular income from clients like you.
3. Buy locally whenever possible.
If you’re thinking of stocking up on household staples like coffee, eggs, meat for example…..pick up those things from local retailers before clearing out the shelves at Whole Foods or Price Chopper.
4. Leave good reviews.
If you are financially unable to keep paying as usual, consider leaving great reviews online for services you’ve used, or refer them to others. Things like promoting them on social media sites help tremendously and are greatly appreciated by business owners.
5. Tip extra generously if you can.
Delivery workers are especially vulnerable to contracting Covid-19 given the nature of their jobs. If you can afford to tip 40% or even more, delivery workers would appreciate it. It’s also best to order takeout directly from the restaurant, since third-party apps can charge fees that put a squeeze on workers and businesses at a time when no one can afford it.
Remember, we are all in this together and WILL get through it. Let’s come together and support one another!
-The Deich Team of Keller Williams Diamond Partners, Inc.