Let’s face it. Times are tough at the moment, with the recent devastating bushfires and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It hasn’t been a great start to 2020.
Every person and every business has been impacted in one way or another. But it isn’t all doom and gloom. We know this will pass. Restrictions will be lifted. People will start travelling again. Business will recover and life will continue.
But in the meantime, while you are self-isolating, one of the most important things you can do is continue to support local business. Now more than ever, local businesses across the country need your support.
Sharing a social media post, making a purchase or buying a voucher from a small business that is struggling makes a HUGE impact.
Here are 8 ways to support local business during the COVID-19 crisis.
1. Shop local
Local boutiques may have shut their doors, but they may still have an online website where you can shop. If you are a regular customer, keep shopping with them. This helps them to keep their business running and will allow them to be back up and running as soon as they are able to.
2. Avoid buying from overseas
Where are you buying your products from? Are you drinking wine from Argentina? Why?
Not only does it have to be imported, hence increasing your carbon footprint, it is sending profits offshore that Australians need more than ever.
With every product you purchase, ask yourself, where is this coming from? Can I get it locally? If you can, please do. Australian businesses need your support now more than ever.
On our Instagram page, we’ve listed some of our favourite local businesses that also stock our gourmet nougat.
3. Book experiences in advance
Travel has come to a complete stand still, but it will resume. We don’t know when, but we do know that it will.
Booking and paying for an experience now that you can enjoy later is a great way to inject cash into a business that needs it, while knowing you will reap the benefits when the time comes.
In fact, you may even be able to secure an experience of a life time by booking in advance.
Have you been considering a trip to Margaret River? Book your stay with us. During this period, we are offering free changes on reservations so that you can travel when you are ready.
4. Buy vouchers
Gift vouchers are a great way to treat yourselves and your loved one, without spending hours having to decide on the perfect gift, the right colour or size.
With a gift voucher, your loved one can choose what you want, when they are ready. Easy.
Bettenays are now selling gift vouchers. You can purchase a gift voucher for any amount you desire. This is the perfect gift for Mum this Mother’s Day!
Joining a subscription is a great way to show businesses that you are going to continue spending money with them. In return, they are going to be able to continue serving you well into the future.
We now have subscription boxes available so you can have something to enjoy over the next 3, 6 or 12 months. The subscription boxes will be sent out to you monthly and include surprise treats that are guaranteed to make self-isolation better.
6.Takeaway from your favourite café/restaurant
Many restaurants and café are closed for dining, but they are still open for takeaway. You can still support them by ordering delivery or stopping in for a takeaway coffee.
7. Like, comment and share
If you can’t afford to support businesses in the ways mentioned above, a social media like, comment or share is a great way to help a business. This will expose the business and their offering to new audience (your friends) who may be looking for exactly what they are offering. Win-win.
8. Shout-out on social media
Word-of-mouth goes a long way. When you receive a product from a local business, do a shout out.
Re-post a photo of your wine or nougat with #margaretrivernougat
We love to see you enjoying our products.
To find local businesses in need of your support, follow @spendwiththem on Instagram. Spend With Them was started during the bushfires and continues on during the COVID-19 pandemic. It showcases Australian businesses impacted by the current crisis that need your support.