Did you know that Small Business Saturday is a really wonderful way to help support people in your real life? That’s right! Small businesses cover every genre of business out there in the world today.
Small businesses include:
- Network Marketing/Direct Sales companies (Usborne Books, Thirty-one Gifts, Pampered Chef, Young Living, Plexus, and many others) that pay their members/consultants based on specified criteria
- Vendors that sell at vendor fairs or on personal websites and sites such as Etsy (handmade: soap, health/beauty items, crafts, food, clothes, blankets, jewelry, etc.)
- Many small businesses have a brick & mortar store (local: pharmacy, book store, ice cream shop, coffee shop, boutique, consignment, restaurant, hardware store, plant nursery, vehicle repair, carpenter, etc.
You probably already frequently shop small in many areas of your life, or maybe you need some ideas to help you transition into supporting small businesses.
Here are some of the ways we shop small, year round, in our family:
- If I do not already have a “consultant,” I seek out friends/acquaintances any time I am looking for a product from a direct sales company
- I purchase from our local book stores when possible
- I have a favorite local coffee shop (and spend too much money there!)
- When we eat out, we try to eat at local establishments
- I try to shop at our local thrift stores instead of the big chain ones
- We have our winter/summer tire changeover done by a local company
- I try to remember to use friends’ Amazon links anytime I place an Amazon order
- I try to find friends or family members that have the skills to do specific work we might need to have done
When you shop small business you are providing financial support for many families. Single moms/dads that want to spend more time with their children, single income families, homeschool families, families whose children have medical needs that rack up large medical bills, military families, teachers/emergency workers who don’t get paid nearly what they are worth, and the list goes on.
Why is shopping small important?
When you purchase from a small business, you are telling that person/business owner that what they are doing is valuable. You are commending him/her for working hard to support his/her family. You are helping bring overworked, underpaid, or undervalued spouses home to spend more time with their family.
Shopping small is personal for me. I would NEVER stake my name or my reputation on a company or product I don’t fully believe in. When I make a recommendation or share a product or service I love, it really is because I love it! If someone makes money on me loving their product or service, that’s fantastic! Big box stores make money selling other companies’ wares. An individual should also receive adequate compensation or benefits for sharing their skill or product.
** Most of us who share our businesses or products online aren’t trying to pressure you into purchasing or using our products. We are, however, sharing with you in the hopes that if you want or need what we have, you will contact us.
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