With the holidays quickly approaching, people like myself are really feeling the pressure to finalize and buckle down on the Christmas shopping for everyone on the list. Since starting my own “small business”, I’ve had quite a few encounters where people want to order from me, but can find a similar product for much less on another website or at another store. People really don’t understand the cost, or time put into the products that we make homemade, but that’s a post for another time…
I’m a bargain shopper from way back, so I’m not judging people looking for a better deal, but I’m going to break down why you SHOULD be shopping small for the holidays and supporting small or local businesses.
- Quality: Anymore, I am shopping for quality products- so much so that the price rarely matters. If I am ordering a shirt, I want it to be well made and of higher standard. I don’t want something that was made in China that is going to unravel, or not even look like the product that was pictured.
- Customer Service: Generally when you order from a small business you will have better customer service. If you have a problem with the product, you have someone that you can speak directly with who is going to care enough to make it right. The one on one customer service is worth every penny of the extra cost in my book.
- Economic Impact: Potential job opportunities blossom out of many small businesses, unlike many big business/corporations who cut jobs frequently to save on money. Your purchases from small business allows for them to expand which in turn creates jobs. This is especially great if this is a small business in your local community.
- Giving Back to the Community: Many small businesses give back to the community or are at least involved in the community in some way shape or form. Whether they hold fundraisers, donate proceeds, or raise awareness- small businesses are crucial in a well-knit community.
- Supporting Your Friends & Family: These are businesses, products, and ideas that your friends, family, or even acquaintances have put a lot of time and effort into. The feeling of happiness that comes from supporting those people is unmatched to any feeling that you could get from walking out of a corporate-owned store.
So in short- do yourself, and everyone else a favor, and spend the extra ten dollars this holiday season. Get offline and go out and support your local businesses, (unless your small/local businesses are online of course).
Until next time,