Small businesses, local restaurants and the gig economy are one of the most affected areas because of the Coronavirus pandemic. You can help them and be a part of the collective efforts to keep them afloat!
A very good way to support your local stores is by buying their products online. While personal contact during this pandemic should be avoided, there are many ways to safely receive your order. With as much as a phone call, you can see whether your local businesses provide delivery services or require you to pick the products yourself.
Local restaurants are also having a rough time, economically speaking. The first step towards helping them is to avoid big fast-food chains. They aren’t as heavily impacted by this pandemic as small businesses, so redirecting your money won’t change a thing for them.
Just like local stores, small restaurants may be providing a platform for online deliveries or takeout. If they don’t have delivery services of their own, there are food delivery platforms through which you can place your order.
These delivery workers usually live off this gig economy and they could really use a generous tip! If you’re able to pay it, it would show your gratitude and support to them. Some apps allow you to include tips in your online payment, which would mean less unnecessary contact between you and the worker.
Food couriers, online freelancers and online assistants are only a few examples of jobs that are also struggling. If you employ any of these and can’t afford to pay them, consider reducing their working hours and their salaries instead of cutting their contract entirely.
You can also lookup your local businesses on social media and share it with your friends and family! This way, you’ll be informed about some new services they might be providing, as well as helping them expand their sales to other customers.