While most fears and tensions amid the coronavirus pandemic crisis are out of our control, there are small steps that we can take to contribute however we can during this hour of need.
Remember that small steps go a long way. One of the most effective measures to adopt, and work towards, is to support local businesses in your community.
New York is home to hundreds of thousands of businesses that have literally been forced to shut down overnight. Nobody was expecting it, some are still struggling to wrap their heads around exactly what has unfolded.
Amid the fears of contracting COVID-19 and practicing social distancing, from going weeks without seeing or hugging our loved ones a few doors away, to stepping out of the house only when it’s absolutely essential – life as we know it has changed.
While we can hope this change is only temporary, there’s no sure-shot way of knowing how long this could go on, and more importantly, how permanent the consequences of this lockdown could be.
In the meantime, we should all make efforts based on our own capacities to support local businesses during one of the most difficult times New York and most of the world is witnessing in decades.
Let’s look at a few ways you can support local businesses and show them they’re not alone.
1. Order for Delivery
One of the safest and most convenient ways is to simply order food and supplies for delivery online.
This not only includes ordering food and drinks for delivery from your favorite local restaurants and bars that are still operational, but you can also order all your basic toiletries and other supplies online through local businesses.
Of course, make sure that the local businesses you’re ordering from are exercising best hygiene practices to ensure their products are free of any harmful infections or germs that may be transferred accidentally.
2. Purchase Gift Cards
While we may not know exactly when or how, but we are all hopeful that this too shall pass.
Keeping that in mind, you can support local businesses that you otherwise visit on a regular basis by purchasing e-gift cards that may be available following the COVID-19 lockdown in New York.
These gift cards are generally free of an expiration date right now so you can avail the products or services offered whenever your local businesses do reopen.
3. Advance Payments
Similar to purchasing gift cards online, you can support local businesses in New York by booking paid appointments in advance for services which you can avail later.
These can include services that you’re likely to continue making use of once the situation betters itself, such as getting a haircut at your local salon, or signing up for a class they may be able to execute some time in the future.
4. Support Other Services Available Online
Similarly, while you may be done shopping online in an attempt to support local businesses in your community, another great way to contribute is by looking for other services that they may be offering online right now.
These can include online yoga classes that can be done through signing up on their social media pages. A lot of gym enthusiasts are making the most of technology during these troubling times to ensure they’re still in business and that their clients are staying fit at home.
Other classes include arts and crafts classes, pottery making, and cooking. Once you start looking – you’ll realize the options are endless plus you get the chance to support local businesses!
5. Spread the Word
Owing to the fast-paced world we live in – which, yes, has slowed down tremendously for now – we can make use of the entire spectrum of mass social media available to us which is more important now than ever before.
Spread the good word and support local businesses through publicizing them to your entire network, and urging others to do the same.
This will not only help establish them further in the now, but it will also boost sales when they do finally return to offering their regular products and services.
As helpless as this situation makes us feel when it really comes down to it, there is so much that we can do to support local businesses in New York right now. Around 98% of businesses that currently exist are small scale and the chances of them surviving this massive hit look slim.
It is our responsibility as citizens of New York, and generally as human beings, to help each other out whatever way we can – supporting local businesses in the city seems like a great start!