The Coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered the lives of almost everyone in the country, but small business is being particularly decimated. Mandatory lockdowns, social distancing, and overall panic mean that some small businesses have seen their sales drop by as much as 90 percent. There are ways that you can help your local small business during this crisis so that they can still operate after this is over.
If you have a regular house cleaner, dog walker, babysitter or maintenance person, consider paying them a portion of what you normally pay them during the pandemic. Some people are paying a regular salary with the expectation that the workers will make up the work when the pandemic is over. If you know of someone who could still use their services during the outbreak, refer them. This is the time to help keep these service people working so that they will still be able to operate when this is over.
Hire Teachers, Tutors and Instructors
Tackle Home Improvement Projects
Ask for Remote Services
Your tax accountant, financial planner, attorney and insurance salesperson may all work remotely. Ask them if they can still provide the same services from their homes. This is the time to start reviewing your estate plans, wills and financial plans. These small, independent businesses are especially vulnerable so talk to them about how you can support them during this time.
Small businesses are taking a huge hit in the wake of this unprecedented virus. Many will close their doors, never to re-open. Support your favorite small business by buying online, shopping locally and helping them to stay open for the long haul.