How to Support a Local Business Without Spending Money

by Lana Sands on Feb 10, 2024

How to Support a Local Business Without Spending Money

Shopping locally is a powerful way to invest in your community, promote sustainability, and enjoy a more personalized and unique shopping experience. It contributes to the overall well-being and vibrancy of local economies. 

Supporting a local business without spending money is still valuable and can make a positive impact. Here are several ways you can support local businesses without making a financial transaction:

Word of Mouth: Spread the word about your favorite local businesses to friends, family, and colleagues. Recommend them on social media, review platforms, or in casual conversations. Positive word of mouth can bring in new customers. Sands Boutique appreciates any positive referrals, on social media, review platforms, or in personal conversations. Thank you for your support. 

Social Media Engagement: Follow local businesses on social media platforms and engage with their content. Like, share, and comment on their posts to increase their visibility and reach a wider audience. We appreciate any positive likes, shares, and comments on our social media platforms, Instagram @SandsboutiqueSB, Sands Boutique google reviews, and Sands Boutique Facebook page. Thank you for being so kind! 

Write Positive Reviews: Leave positive reviews on review websites such as Yelp, Google, or TripAdvisor. Your reviews can influence potential customers and help the business build a positive online reputation.  It only takes a few minutes to leave a positive review and it makes a tremendous difference for a small business.  If you have had a positive experience with Sands Boutique we encourage you to leave a 5 star review. We will be forever grateful! 

Participate in Community Events: Attend events hosted by local businesses or those supported by them. Your presence at community events shows support and helps create a sense of camaraderie. We love engaging in the community and we are so appreciative of your support. Thank you! 

Volunteer or Contribute Skills: Offer your time or skills to local businesses. This could include volunteering for events they organize or providing your expertise in areas such as marketing, design, or social media. We appreciate any kind of support and thank you in advance for the help. We would also like to say we are so happy to support the local community, schools, charities, and nonprofits, that we have been able to help so far. 

Share Their Promotions: If a local business is running promotions or events, share the information on your social media accounts, community bulletin boards, or with your network. This can help boost attendance or sales.  We and other small businesses appreciate you so much for doing this!

Provide Feedback: Offer constructive feedback to local businesses. Let them know what you appreciate about their products or services and provide suggestions for improvement. Constructive feedback helps businesses refine their offerings. We are always open to your feedback and it helps us understand our customers better. 

Promote Loyalty Programs: Encourage others to join and participate in local business loyalty programs. These programs often reward repeat customers, and your referral could contribute to the growth of their customer base. Sands Boutique does not currently offer a loyalty program but we are working on it! 

Collaborate on Community Initiatives: Support or initiate community projects that involve local businesses. This could include fundraisers, neighborhood clean-up events, or collaborations with local artists and performers.  DM us if you are interested in collaborating. Love to hear from you! 

Participate in Local Advocacy: Get involved in local business advocacy groups or initiatives that work towards creating a favorable business environment. Advocate for policies that support small businesses and help them thrive. We are a proud member of Visit Santa Barbara, Downtown Santa Barbara Org, and Green Certified Santa Barbara.

Create User-Generated Content: Take photos of your experiences with local businesses and share them on social media. Create user-generated content that showcases the products, services, or atmosphere, contributing to their online presence. We encourage this and thank for stopping by and paying us a visit and helping spread the word about our new boutique. 

Remember, your non-monetary support can be just as impactful as making a purchase. By actively engaging and promoting local businesses, you play a crucial role in fostering a vibrant and thriving local economy. You also bring awareness to locals and visitors of businesses where those who can support them financially will shop and keep their doors open for years to come!