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16 April 2020 | My Blog Category, Raidis Estate | Raidis Estate

Ways to support local

There is no doubt about it that people are starting to look in their own backyard more than ever now during this current COVID crisis to support local.

 

We want to help our friends and our communities get through this crisis together, and it can be hard to know how to support businesses through this time. You may be struggling yourself financially, so spending money might not be at the top of your list.

 

Here are 20 ways that you can support local during this time.

 

  1. Shop small, shop local – This one is a given, but try and shop from small producers. There are a lot of great deals going around at the moment with free delivery, discounts and amazing produce on offer so shop small and local where you can.

  2. Review love – Send a little Facebook, Google or a personal email or note to tell a business that you shop with regularly how much you appreciate them. It can go a long way.

  3. Send kindness – If a local business in your area is still open, why not buy the owner a takeaway coffee, bake them something nice or send them a little gift. They might be going through a crap time right now and will appreciate your support.

  4. Go Direct – Shop directly with wineries instead of buying your wine through big chains and online wine shops. When you shop direct, all the money goes straight to the business. 

  5. Share – Share their social media posts or emails with your friends. The more people that know about a business, the more it helps.

  6. Recommend – In your talks with your friends and family take some time to recommend a local business that you love. It spreads far and wide.

  7. Vouchers – You might not be able to dine out, travel, etc. right now, but we will be able to do all of those things again in the future. Support a business by buying a voucher so you can use it at a later date.

  8. Postpone don’t cancel – If you have a trip coming up consider postponing it instead of cancelling.

  9. Join a mailing list – Join up for your favourite businesses mailing list so you can get all their updates and news.

  10. Send a card – Old fashioned yes, but the sentiment can go a long way in making someone’s day.

  11. Plan a trip – For when things get back to normal plan a trip local. Plan to stay in family-run accommodation, use local tour guides and shop at local restaurants, shops and wineries.

  12. Gifts – We all have loved ones in our life who we want to spoil. Look to buy gifts locally.

  13. Join a wine club – Find one of your favourite locally run wineries and join a wine club. Enjoy the benefits of wine delivered to your door direct from the people who produce it.

  14. Choose kindness – A lot of small businesses are down to Skelton staff while they adapt to the new norm for now. If a business doesn't get back to you straight away, or the freight is taking extra time, choose kindness when dealing with staff in the business.

  15. Support your friends – If you have been saying forever that you are going to buy some of your friends’ products or services, do it. Don’t just talk about it, support them.

  16. Collaborate – If you run a local business, look to partner with other local businesses to increase your offering.  

  17. Take a photo – If you have bought a product you love why not take a photo of you enjoying it and post it to social media or send it to the business, they will love you sharing the love.

  18. Don’t forget small business – Once everything goes back to normal, continue to support small and shop local into the future. 

  19. Be kind – Support those still working in customer service facing roles and be overly kind right now. You just don’t know what they might be going through.

  20. Friends – If you have friends who have lost their jobs or businesses during this time, check in on them, cook them a meal and drop it off. Be that friend you would want in a time of need. Let’s look after each other.

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