5 Ways to Support Local Businesses While Social Distancing (1 is Free!)
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5 Easy Ways to Support Local Businesses While Social Distancing

During this time of economic downturn and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses. Although dining out at restaurants, shopping at boutiques or taking a class at the local gym isn’t an option right now, there are still ways to support these businesses that could end up keeping them afloat during these challenging times.

5 Ways You Can Help Keep Local Businesses Afloat

  1. Purchase a gift card

    Whether you want to help out your favorite local restaurant or the yoga studio you’ve been missing, gift cards are a great way to support the local spots. now to ensure they’re able to stay in business throughout social distancing.

  2. Order takeout

    Now that we all have a little more time on our hands, it can be difficult to justify ordering takeout over cooking a homemade meal. However, ordering takeout once or twice a week from a local spot could be instrumental in giving your favorite restaurants enough business to keep them going. Be sure to order directly from the restaurant rather than a third party to ensure all of your money goes directly to the restaurant.

    If you’re in Columbus, Cleveland, or Detroit, check out those links for our favorite local restaurants.

  3. Make a donation

    If there’s no way to support your favorite local business through purchases right now, consider making a donation instead. Some businesses have easy ways of doing that on their website, or you could go at it the old-fashioned way and mail in a check – any way to show your support will be appreciated.

  4. Share on social media – it’s free!

    Another easy way to show your support for your favorite business is to post about it on social media. Check out their social channels to see what they’re promoting and either reshare their posts or create your own. People tend to trust recommendations from friends or people they know, so your post may end up being a huge help for that business.

  5. Order local products online

    If you’re doing online shopping on Amazon or another site, consider buying locally sourced products when possible. For example, if you’re ordering beer, choose to order from a local brewery rather than a mass-produced domestic brand.

Need more ideas for getting through these challenging times? Read our ideas for 10 fun things to do if you’re bored at home.

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