Are you the type of person that seeks out a local small business when making a purchase or do you head right to the big box stores?
Many people do not stop to think about the many benefits for shopping locally or supporting a small business. Some main reasons that stand out are:
1. Boost Local Economy - in an article by The Guardian they state that research shows that for every dollar you spend locally .63 cents stays within the local economy compared to only .40 cents with a chain store.
2.. Unique Products - if you are looking for something that not everyone will have a small business is a great place to search. Typically a small business has one of a kind products you won't find anywhere else.
3. Personalized Service - Local business owners care about you and the community and are going to go the extra mile to make you happy. Your purchase truly makes a difference to a small business owner.
4. Giving Back - an article by The Local Good makes a great point that many local business owners often donate to local charities. By purchasing from these small businesses you are also making a big difference local non-profit organizations.
5. Your purchase MATTERS - your purchase helps a local entrepreneur put a roof over their head and food on their table.
So next time you are looking to make a purchase try shopping locally or supporting a small online shop before a big box store.