How to Support Small Businesses (Without Spending a Cent)

by Lydia Dohnt October 31, 2020 1 Comment

How to Support Small Businesses (Without Spending a Cent)

With so many small businesses and individuals struggling right now it's easy to feel a little helpless if you don't have money to spend at local and small businesses. We have come up with a few ways you can support your small and local businesses that are free! Each of these things can help a small business big time.

Social Media 

  • Follow them on Social Media 
  • Repost their Posts on your own social media 
  • Share their Profile to all your friends and family 
  • Like, Comment, Share, Save their Posts 
    • Liking a post can help big time with the algorithms on social media. To help the algorithm even more do all 4 (like, comment, share and save posts) its a quadruple threat which is the most helpful!  
  • Post photos of their product or service on your own social media! For us we love when customers share photos of them wearing their Fair Trade Clothing or Ethical homewares around their house! Its especially special for us at Uplift Fair Trade as we can then pass on the images to the amazing artisans who made the products! 

     Free ways to support local businesses on social media

    Subscribe to their Newsletter 

    Subscribing to a small businesses newsletter  can keep you in the loop of what they are up to and it will keep them in the back of your mind, when you are ready to spend! 

    Write a review on Google or Facebook 

    According to a Forbes article "92% of consumers read online reviews of local businesses in order to determine whether these businesses are good or not, with 80% considering reviews just as important as personal recommendations."

    So if there is a small business you love and want to support, taking two minutes to write a bit about what you love about them can really help them out with potential customers! 

     

    Tell a friend!

    Word of mouth and networking is one of the best ways to promote a small business! 

    • Grab some of their flyers and hand them to your friends that might be interested. 
    • Connect the small business with other businesses that might be able to work together. Maybe a retail store might be offering wholesale or an office needs a new air con and you know another small business that fits air conditioning, maybe you can recommend them to each other! These are just two examples but there are so many ways businesses can connect with each other and work together.

    Give Good Honest Feedback 

    Tell businesses what you would love to see from them! This could be related to the products they sell, the content they post on social media, how their website runs or their customer service. This could be done by a simple email or chat face to face. Pointing out even the small things that might need a bit of fixing can be super helpful as the small business owner has lots on their plate and can often miss the small things such as spelling mistakes on their website. 

    Small business owners are doing it tough at the moment so if there is something you love that they are doing, let them know! They could definitely do with the encouragement and reassurance.

    Write a blog post about them! 

    This is a bit more for the people who have a following on their own platforms. Blogs can help larger groups of individuals grain awareness of businesses as well as linking businesses websites can help bring them up on the google ladder and hopefully get more traffic to their website.  

    Organise an event

    Obviously not everywhere can be doing events or markets at the moment but when we can, markets can be a super effective way to gather lots of people to support a bunch of small businesses at once! At Uplift Fair Trade, we love doing events to speak and connect people with our range of Fair Trade goodies! 

    Volunteer Your Time

    Most small businesses have limited staff and resources to achieve things they need to. A great way to show your support might be to offer a skill you have to your local small business. Skills might include designing a new logo or poster, fixing a light, offering to give them a bathroom break if they are in a physical shop (random but very helpful), fixing up a website glitch and so much more. 

    Support Uplift:

    Facebook: Uplift Fair Trade 

    Instagram: uplift_fair_trade

    Sign up to our newsletter: here

    Write a review: here

    Organise an event: read more

    Contact us: here

    Wholesale details: https://upliftfairtrade.com.au/pages/wholesale 

     





    Lydia Dohnt
    Lydia Dohnt

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    1 Response

    Carolyn Cowling
    Carolyn Cowling

    November 01, 2020

    Great blog post Lydia. Good reminder of the simple ways we can support Uplift Fair Trade & other small businesses.
    I love the way Uplift has persevered through this difficult year, through impact of bushfires and now COVID, and sought to make providing work and income for its producer groups, a priority. Well done! May you continue to Uplift many through this business.

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