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Local Business Etiquette: A Growing and Thriving Community

Invest in Local Business and Create Magic Inside

Every community around the globe has the ability to thrive in a magical manner when the majority of the community chooses to invest in their local businesses. People will watch the stock ratings closely to see how their local business is doing. There are so many benefits that are associated with local business investing:

  • Local diversity enhancement: all people within the community will prosper because “people” will be the top priority. Good business etiquette involves mingling and getting to know each other. Diversity and the embracing of it will be the core of the community as opposed to consumers feeling like a number.
  • Improved business service: every business would like to discover the unique needs of their citizens. Service will increase when a business has the chance to get to know its customers and meet all of their needs and desire with superior services and quality products.
  • Perks and freebies: most local businesses will want to reward their valued customers with some perks and added freebies. Perhaps a free coffee on the house sounds good? This is a business incentive that rewards the customer every now and then. A cost-effective surprise to thank you for the business.
  • A sense of community; the local business will always know your name and offer its customers a sense of belonging within the community.

How to Get Started

You might be thinking that it is always better to shop online, especially with the global pandemic running rampant. Keep in mind that all consumers can take necessary precautions as they try to maintain a sense of normalcy in their lives. What if all of your local businesses went belly up and could not afford to serve their community any longer? Online shopping does indeed offer many benefits. Does society really want to bankrupt their local establishments and eliminate the many benefits that are associated with their local businesses? If you are interested in getting on board of the local business boat, the following tips and ideas ought to get you started:

  • Consider purchasing gift cards from local establishments: the holidays are right around the corner and gift cards make excellent gifts. Restaurants will need to cook for the prospective recipients. Everybody enjoys a good meal cooked by experienced professionals. Most communities have a beloved shop that provides the consumer with unique offerings at fair prices. Contact local businesses and see if they offer gift cards and keep the holidays uncomplicated with gift cards.
  • Allow your loved ones to pick their own presents this year.
  • Maybe you have extra cash this week: treat your household to a delicious takeout dinner from a local establishment. Break up any isolation with local takeouts.
  • Hire a handy person for small projects: small household projects offer smaller businesses extra cash and will keep them afloat. Even a painting project is going to be beneficial to you and a business. The person who does this for a living will come prepared with their own equipment and expertise.
  • Spread the word and keep talking to others in the community: advertise for local businesses with word-of-mouth listings. When a local business offers quality products and services, tell the neighbors because you will want to keep the business in the community. Encourage others to support local businesses too.
  • Donate if possible: nobody likes to be viewed as a beggar. If you can contribute to the success of a local business, give any amount because a business has bills to pay and contributions are appreciated regardless of the amount. Every penny can add up.
  • Pay in advance for purchases: save your own pennies and pay in advance for your items. Cash will always help any business. If you have extra cash in the bank, pay for your future items with cash ahead of time.
  • Inquire about online local shopping options: your local businesses might miss the interactions with their customers, they will most likely still provide quality online services and products to their customer base.
  • Create a local community shopping day: this idea will get everyone in the community a chance to converse and get ready for the holidays too. A community shopping event might hit the spot.
  • Try to be a source of encouragement to your community: the business owners in your community might become discouraged because their livelihoods are weaved in with their business. Encourage business owners to hang tight and ask your neighbors to do the same.

A Happy and Thriving Community

Keep in mind that the pandemic must end at some point. Cheer on your local businesses and support them today and keep your community buzzing and thriving. Local business etiquette and thriving communities pair nicely together.

By Todd Smekens

Journalist, consultant, publisher, and servant-leader with a passion for truth-seeking. Enjoy motorcycling, meditation, and spending quality time with my daughter and rescue hound. Spiritually-centered first and foremost. Lived in multiple states within the USA and frequent traveler to the mountains.

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