With the current outbreak of COVID19, now is a more important time than ever for us support small and local businesses. It will be these smaller, self-run businesses who will be taking the biggest hit during this difficult time and we need to pull together and think about how we can support each other as best we can.
Whatever you next go to buy, think about how you could shop “smaller”. Rather than buying eggs from Tesco’s, could you be buying them from a local corner shop instead? (Most likely shorter queues too!) Rather than buying a Mother’s Day or birthday card from Moonpig, could you be shopping on places such as Not On The High Street or Etsy to support independent designers? (They’ll be much prettier too!). And if you’re luicky enough to be in a position to be in a secure job, still earning your full salary, if you would usually be getting your monthly beauty treatments but unable to make it out; could you be using that money you set aside to pay your nail lady, hairdresser etc anyway, or at least pre-pay as a credit for when this is all over?
Over the next few weeks, and beyond I’ll be sharing some of my favourite small businesses over on my Instagram stories, but as much as I want to share and help every single one of you, it’s not quite possible – especially as I still need to keep up with my own job. So, I thought a way to hopefully help you get out in front of each other would be by dedicating the comments of this page to sharing small businesses. So if you have a business or service you would like to offer then please pop them in the comment box of this thread using the following format:
INDUSTRY/BUSINESS TYPE e.g. ILLUSTRATOR
LOCATION e.g. MEDWAY or ONLINE
DESCRIPTION – a short description of the services you offer
CONTACT DETAILS – your name, website, IG handle etc
Please do keep these short to make it as easy as possible for people to find any services they need.
I know this isn’t much, and I’m sure there will be some fantastic websites out there who can help promote a lot better but I want to do what I can with this platform and hope this can even help just one person gain one one extra order. I’ll also be keeping an eye on this page and sharing as many as I can over on my Instagram.
Sending you so much love in this difficult and uncertain time,