While making an actual monetary investment is a wonderfully straightforward (and always appreciated!) way of supporting a small business or artist, there are times when you simply don’t have the funds, or really just don’t need what they’re selling at the moment. That doesn’t mean you can’t still help out! Until you’re ready to give them your cash again, here are a few ways you can show the love:
1. Click that “Share” button so your friends can learn about the fantastic work your favorites are doing…it might be just what they were looking for.
2. …then “like” and comment! While bills cannot be paid with good vibes (unfortunately), we still appreciate them! And sometimes, the simplest kind word can totally make someone’s day.
3. Write a review and/or leave feedback for previous purchases. If you’ve bought items from a seller via Etsy or a similar venue, don’t forget the feedback! You can also leave a review on their facebook page, on Google, Yelp, etc…
4. Blog about them, if you have a blog. If not, maybe just throw a nice tweet out there (and don’t forget to tag them!)
5. Offer your time if the need arises. This doesn’t seem to happen too often, but it’s not unheard of. Every now and then, an indie artist or maker might need volunteers for a project. Whether it’s setting up a show or posting fliers around town, think about setting aside a few moments for this if you can.
6. Actually tell your friends, in real life. In the virtual whirlwind of information, things can get overlooked. Don’t forget to tell your friends, in person, about that business or artist you just adore!
Can you think of other ways to support local without spending cash? I’d love to hear your ideas!