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  • Writer's pictureThersa Couch

How to help small businesses in the time of CoronaVirus

It feels like we are living in a sci-fi movie where we are advised not to leave the house, go to work, and stand 6 feet away from people. No hugs, no high fives. All the kids are being homeschooled instead of the odd few.

As a small business owner, I know that this temporary crisis could possibly tank my fellow small business owners. Here are a few ways you can help small businesses while sitting at home.

  1. Post a 5 Star Google Review for a business you have used! Instead of scrolling through Facebook to find the next coronavirus meme, take a moment to leave a 5-star review for one for your favorite small businesses. This small act boosts their SEO and the business owner's confidence during this uncertain time.

  2. Take advantage of local business and restaurant to-go specials. To stay in business, some creative business owners are offering discounted meals-to-go.

  3. Purchase gift cards now for an experience later. This gives the business owner a current cash flow during their slow time and known business in the coming months! You can purchase a gift card for flowers, a portrait session, and dinner out for the mom in your life now. She will appreciate your thoughtfulness and the business owner will have a little cash coming in now.

  4. Support local musicians, creatives, and artists by purchasing merchandise and works online.

  5. Call your favorite business or send an encouraging note. For many small businesses, their future is uncertain. How long can they go without income? Will their customers return? What will the economy be like once we can return to our normal lives? Send your favorite business and people an note of hope. This one small gesture can make someone's day.

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