Small businesses are all around us and we tend just to them by without a thought. Imagine your neighborhood or city without any of its small, local businesses. Coffee shops, hair and nail salons, corner stores, spas, boutique clothing stores, consignment shops, restaurants, craft stores, bars, fruit markets, shoe/bike/tire repair shops, laundromats, art supply stores, gift shops, gas stations, pet stores, and more – all gone.
Not only are small businesses great because of the hard work put into them, they actually create jobs that help our economy. Below are the top reasons why I think you should make the switch and shop small businesses.
1. Small businesses give back (more) to your community
When you support a local business, you’re also supporting your town, city, and neighborhood. Business pay sales taxes to the city and county the business is located in. Stray to a big box business elsewhere and that money isn’t benefiting your community at all. Plus, that tax money is used to support public schools, parks, roads, and sidewalks, as well as fund public service workers, like firefighters.
2. Small businesses make a major economic impact
Two to three times as much money spent stays in the local economy when you buy goods and services from small local businesses.
3. Small businesses provide better customer service Small business owners strive to survive and one of the biggest advantages they have over large retailers is the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service.
4. Keeps Your Community Unique
One-of-a-kind businesses are a big part of a city or towns character.
5. Small businesses create a sense of community
Small businesses invest more in local labor, pay more taxes, spend more time on community based decisions and create local events. In doing so, they create more opportunity for everyone in the community.
6. You’re going to feel good Would you rather feel the pang of guilt buying so-so coffee from Starbucks or a lifeless burger at McDonalds, or be entirely satisfied with your latte made with love.
To keep me on track with shopping at small business I've started a Small Business Spotlight blog post where i'll be writing about a small business that I'm loving each month. Let me know some of your favorite small businesses below and I'll check them out.