Last week I talked about the biggest shopping days of the year–Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and established in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday.
As a small business myself, being a professional blogger and freelance writer as well as a sporadic web designer and developer, I am grateful and downright ecstatic when any business, corporation, or single person decides to do business with me. They could have very well hired a huge PR firm or invested in ad space in a prominent women’s publication, or they could have recruited the help of a content writing or web design and development firm. Instead, they decided to invest in me, and by extension, in the well-being of my household.
Deciding to start a small business, take over a family business, or become a business yourself is a huge and risky decision for anyone to make. It means taking chances, resigning yourself to an uncertain financial future, and hoping everything will work out. Knowing that applies to my own life is enough to make me really want to pay it forward to support the people in my own community who have taken the same leap.
While I have my own reasons as to why I am so passionate about shopping small businesses, you may have your own reasons; and if you don’t, well, I have a few to share with you.
There are a ton of benefits to shopping small businesses. For one, the money you spend at local establishments stays local. The people who own the small business you frequent use the money they earn to support themselves, their families, and their households. They pay their monthly bills to the companies who provide services to your community; they shop at the local supermarket for their groceries, and they stop at the local cafe for a quick coffee in the middle of their days. When you shop small businesses, you know that you are providing these places with the finances they need to stay in business, and in turn, they are also helping to keep your local economy thriving.
Small businesses tend to be financially conscious. Not having the same influx of cash as the corporations we all know so well, small business owners have to make each dollar count, making them increasingly aware of the costs related to utilities, packaging, and even advertising. When you shop small businesses, you know that your money is being spent wisely, which is always a comforting thought because we all work hard to earn each dollar we bring in.
Because small businesses have to spend wisely, they tend to use less resources to run their businesses, and therefore have a much smaller carbon footprint when compared to larger businesses with more financial backing. See, small businesses aren’t just good for your local economy, they are good for the planet!
Want to help small businesses in your community? Mark your calendars for Small Business Saturday on November 24th and find a list of places to shop small that are local to you. You can also show your support and share your small business stories on Twitter using hashtag #SmallBizSat.
Do you feel passionately about supporting the businesses in your community? Why do you shop small?
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of American Express. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
14 thoughts on “Why Shop Small Businesses? #SmallBizSat”
Having many good friends that are small business owners, my husband and I are very conscious of making sure we support not only their businesses but many of the other small businesses in our community.
We are aware of the incredible amount of time that goes into running their businesses.
This Christmas season we will think small as in “small business owners”. Thank you!
I always try to support small businesses. Thanks for the reminder.
My aunt has a small business, so I know what it is to need the support. The holidays are a big time for her to make money.
I would appreciate the support. Here’s her site http://www.PetalsTable.com
Thanks for trying to help out small businesses!!!
I love small business Saturday – you can find such unique items!
I do participate in both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But, my favorite is Small Business Saturdays 🙂 I love the uniqueness of sales and products, plus it’s support family businesses… love it!
I live in a neighborhood that is made much more vibrant thanks to the many small businesses that support it. And I try to support them as much as I can!
I love this day, and I will personally be stopping by CRAFTED that day to support those awesome small businesses! =)
We love to shop on Small Saturday. It is so important to benefit the economy!
What a great idea! I love to shop at and support small businesses!
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Thanks for the reminder, especially with all of the extra hardships small businesses are dealing with they need our support more than ever.
I’m a small business owner and I have a banner in front of my shop announcing this. Thanks for spreading the word!
Near my area in a quaint little town on small business Saturdays they make it a whole event and it really gets people out. They offer carriage rides, each store has snacks (for free), and the pipe in holiday music. Great event for so many reasons!
Wow, that sounds like a blast! Love that your town goes all out for Small Business Saturday and that the businesses do something special for those in the community. That is definitely something that everyone will remember and have fond memories of.