(TargetLiberty.org) – Americans faced more than their fair share of hardships in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The country faced its worst health crisis in a hundred years, and the pandemic’s resulting economic crisis rivaled that of the 1930s Great Depression. Despite all this turmoil, American small businesses stepped up and helped the country in its time of need.
For instance, several companies refit their factories to supply much-needed items like face shields, respirators and hand sanitizer. Other companies suspended usual operations and began manufacturing personal protection equipment, ventilators, and spare parts for medical machines.
Let’s take a look at a few ways you can help support small businesses in 2021.
Purchase From the Source
Many people are using delivery these days to avoid going out and increasing the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus. People often use delivery services or online portals to surf for goods and have them delivered. However, if you go directly to the source, often you can save them from paying the high commission fees to those companies giving them more profit for themselves and their employees.
Sure, Amazon is convenient. But does Jeff Bezos really need any more money? If you like to shop online, check out the websites for local businesses.
If you’re not concerned about going out, consider purchasing items from local businesses instead of large chains. You can always call ahead and ask what times of the day are slowest for them so you can minimize your exposure to other people.
Charity Begins At Home
A lot of people regularly donate to national charities, and that’s a good thing. However, you can also help people in your local community and show support to local businesses at the same time.
For example, you could purchase meals for essential workers from local restaurants to show your appreciation for their valiant efforts to save lives and keep local services operational.
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