While it might seem like the world is going bonkers right now, my little buisness is continuing to grow and I couldn't be more grateful for that. This is a one woman show, but your support makes it possible and I am so thankful for you. Even if you've never made a purchase or placed an order, just by reading this blog, you are giving my website attention and that helps. Want to know some other free ways you can help mine and other small businesses? Here are five free ways to show your support in 2020 and beyond.
1. Follow on social media. Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest all use algorithms to determine who gets seen. When people actively follow, like and interact with posts it drives more traffic to those places. Leaving comments and reposting are great no cost ways to interact and stay connected.
2. Visit at in person events. Yes, we are all still social distancing and most places require masks for everyones safety, but we can say hi from six feet away. After months of self quarantine and isolation, getting to see other people in person is important. Farmers markets, tent sales and craft shows are starting to open backup. Come show your support by being there, safely, and letting small business know that you are glad to see them.
3. Giving feedback. Maybe you've made a purchase in the past, but never thought to leave a review. It's not too late! Reviews help small businesses rise through the ranks online. If you purchased online, the site you ordered from usually makes the process easy. If you bought something in person, look to see if they have a Google Business or Facebook Business listing. You can usually leave a review there without proof of purcase as well. Maybe you haven't made a purchase, but want to show you care? Send them a direct message or leave a comment on one of their posts.
4. Talk about them. People are way more likely to seek out a company if they have heard about it from someone they know. Unfortunatly, people are more likely to talk about a bad experience than a good one. Let's make more of an effort to spread some good! Word of mouth refferals have strength. If you see a small business that you are inspired by or impressed with, tell somebody! If you are still social distancing, reposting their social media and adding your own words is a great runner up to in person discussions.
5. Let them know your'e thinking about them. If you made a purchase in the past and post about it, be sure to tag them so they can see! Maybe you aren't shopping right now, but you can post a wish list, showing what small businesses you'd like to shop at when you are able to again. Have you bought supplies from a small business and used them to make something? I promise you, thay want to see the final product! Remind them that what they are doing matters and that their work exists outside of their home office.
Every one of the things in this list is something that my community has done for me. Each one of these gestures makes me smile everytime. We have all had to adapt to new norms and change how we interact and shop these past several months. The continued support my business has seen is something I will be forever grateful for. Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you have done for mine and all the other small businesses out there. I appreciate you.