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Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, many small businesses are faced with the challenge of staying afloat while people self-quarantine. Here are some ways you can support the businesses you care about while staying healthy. 

Buy Gift Cards 

Purchasing a gift card from your favorite small businesses is a great way to help get them through this time. Plus, you can use it later or give it to someone as a gift! 

Get Takeout or Delivery 
Many restaurants are still open for takeout, delivery or curbside pick-up. Consider helping them out and enjoying some of your favorite foods by ordering one of these options. 

Give Larger Tips 
Now is the time to be generous, if you can. Giving a larger tip to that delivery person will go a long way in helping them out. 

Take Online Classes 

Many small businesses are offering alternatives to their in-person services. From gyms starting up online fitness classes to music instructors giving vocal and instrument lessons online. There are plenty of options for you to continue your routine from home while supporting the businesses you care about. 

Say No to the Refund 
If a concert or other event you were planning on going to has been cancelled, consider refusing the refund and offering it as a donation instead. This will help performers and venues get by as their events get cancelled. 

Shop Local Businesses Online 
Online shopping is a great option, and more small businesses are embracing it, now that physical shopping is no longer possible. Check to see if your favorite local businesses are now offering online shopping and, if so, go ahead and order something. 

Write Reviews 
 
Your favorite small businesses could benefit from some good reviews. I’m sure you’ve visited a restaurant in the past, had a great experience, and forgot to write a review about it. Take the time now to go online to their Facebook pages, websites, and even review sites like Yelp, and leave that positive review!  

Give Social Media Support 
Along with leaving reviews, try heading over to a business’s social media profile and leave comments, like, and share their content. Giving them this engagement will help their social media profiles grow. Try sharing their posts with people you know who might like what they do. 

Now is a great time for all of us to come together to support each other. Small acts such as liking a local business’s post or even just reaching out and saying thank you for what they do can make a difference. Try out some of these ideas and see what a huge impact they can have on others. 


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