There’s no denying the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has left many people feeling uncertain in a multitude of ways.
From doing their utmost to avoid contracting the virus and to stop the further spread, to adapting their working habits as we get familiar with working from home, the reality of sudden self-isolation has begun to take its toll.
It’s also hard to ignore the headlines that delve into the economical impacts of COVID-19, as entire cities and countries go into various forms of lockdown.
And while we do what we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, it’s important to remember that some of the people and businesses worst affected by corona desperately need our help.
Small businesses are taking a big hit as isolation rules tighten and fewer people are able to access their services – albeit online.
Of course, in times like these, it’s important to look after ourselves first and stick to the basics, but there are little ways we can assist the businesses who might be sidelined for now, in order to help them recover when things improve.
We take a look at the options.
Buy Vouchers and Gift Cards
Yes, while social isolation might mean you’re unable to dine out at your favorite restaurant right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t head back to your much-loved local when things have cleared up.
Can you even imagine that first bite of your favorite pizza from the Italian joint across the street after a few weeks’ hiatus?
Or what about purchasing that brand new blazer to wear to work, when working from home becomes a distant memory?
You can get even more excited about these prospects by pre-purchasing vouchers from your favorite businesses, which not only sets them up with some stability but also benefits you, too.
Think About Online Shopping
As businesses calculate the potential impact of Coronavirus, we’re already starting to see brands find other ways to encourage buyers to keep shopping.
The clothing industry, in particular, is staring down some confronting economic impacts, but by supporting online stores, you can help get them through this tough time.
You can’t really fault this technique – shopping for clothes while remaining comfortable on the couch is definitely not a bad thing!
Get on Board the Discount Bandwagon
You might have noticed a bit of an increase in emails from your favorite brands and restaurants offering discounts over the last couple of days.
While we’d love to think it’s just the usual end of season rollout, these businesses are actually likely dishing out the discounts in order to continue making revenue, as they feel the effects of the economic downturn.
Any purchase with these small businesses will help, so don’t be too quick to flick your promo emails straight into the junk mail folder.
Don’t Be Shy of Takeout
Often reserved for slightly, or, dusty Sunday afternoons, there’s actually never been a better time to get cozy and order in takeout.
Not only will it satisfy your stomach, but it will also help to keep small businesses offering the service afloat.
You can still do this via UberEats or Postmates, as the business will make a profit as well as the person physically delivering your meal.
Simply ask the deliverer to leave the food at your door, too, because of self-isolation and all…
Another hot tip: Make sure you ask for no knives and forks and stick to your own utensils – this will keep any unwanted exposure to the virus at bay, as well as helping the environment. Win-win!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love