I know you’re aware that today is Black Friday. Sure, I might go out, but it’s really just so I can hang out with my mom. What I’m most excited for is Small Business Saturday, which is tomorrow. I’m a far bigger fan of this (and obviously Cyber Monday) than Black Friday so today I want to share with you 7 ways to shop small.
Large corporations rack in millions and billions of dollars a year. And there is nothing wrong with that. But consider this…..it is very attainable for a small business to profit 6 figures a year. With a 6-figure income, not just millions and billions of dollars, lives are changed in major ways.
The way this happens is when we all support the small business and shop small, as often as possible.
As a small business myself, I am constantly supporting other small business’ almost daily. In fact, I have other posts that show this support:
I think it’s important to support the small business year-round, but for today I’m sharing 7 ways you can shop small on the official Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday, Nov 24, is the annual holiday shopping tradition that gets communities everywhere out in support of their favorite small businesses. Because when they thrive, we all thrive.
7 Ways to Shop Small
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- Share everything on social using hashtag #ShopSmall. Other common hashtags include: #SmallBizSat, #SmallBusinessSaturday, and #DineSmall.
- Eats and drinks. While you’re out shopping, choose the local coffee shop or restaurant for food and beverage. Mom and I will grab something TRIO and then head downstairs to Zinnia’s today. I love this partnership the two local business’ are doing this weekend!
- Keep out. Vow to not set foot in any big box store for one day.
- Plan ahead. Make a list of everyone you plan to buy items for. Consider how many of those people and what you could buy from a small business; even gift cards.
- Go online. Even if you don’t want to step foot outside, find some small business places online to shop. Personal websites? Etsy? The mom-and-pop shop down the street with an ecommerce store? During this time, many of them are offering deals and discounts plus free shipping (like THIS :)).
- Support a charity. Not wanting to do a ton of gift giving this holiday season? You can still give back, locally, buy supporting a local charity. I still have big goals to start something for children who have less (and/or foster children), but in the meantime, one local organization I love is Transitional Housing of Steele County. These local organizations need all the help they can get.
- Buy something other than a gift. Just because Small Business Saturday happens to land amidst the holiday shopping season doesn’t mean you only have to buy holiday gifts. Most small business’ offer something, so take advantage of anything you might be needing; services to home items and food to personal care items.
These are just 7 ways to shop small in order to have your tax dollars stay local, help create jobs in the community, and support other people (many who are just like you – working hard on a business they love).
You will heal. I will help.