Supporting Small Businesses and Ministries Helps Your Community

Since 2016 I’ve worked for a Digital Marketing agency based in Melbourne, Florida. We partner with clients in many different industries all around the globe with a multi-tiered approach to help each client tell their individual stories. I’m passionate about storytelling. It says so in my work bio. I love my job for many reasons. Above all, over the years, I’ve developed a clear understanding of how to help small businesses and business owners thrive.

Today, there are many business owners and employees who are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, facing a new normal where purchasing trends are unpredictable.

As a coach’s wife, I’m acutely aware of how generous small business owners are to their local communities. They are the lifeblood of many athletic teams, PTA fundraisers, school trips, church fundraisers, recitals, community concerts, and plays. Now is the time for community members to give back to the businesses that have supported so many events over the years.

The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that there were 30.7 million small businesses in the U.S. in 2019. Freshbooks reported in 2018 that 15 million Americans were self-employed full time and estimated that by 2020 the number would rise to 27 million. Clearly, that number is shifting.

Here are a few stats from 2018 that put small businesses and entrepreneurship into perspective:

freshbooks 2018
  • 62% of small business owners don’t work with any staff.
  • 20% earn less than $20,000 per year.

Life Changes Rapidly

If you’re a small business owner, you may have seen a lot of your customers pause orders or look for ways to adjust their monthly payment structures as they have reprioritized their own spending habits in the past few years. It’s hard to know how to budget for business when you can no longer rely on projections and yearly spending trends. You’ve also likely had to make quick decisions about inventory. As spending habits shift and inventory is limited from time to time, it impacts entire distribution lines.

Consider What Small Businesses Can You Support

Will you do me a favor? Will you take a minute and think about your neighbors, friends, and family? Make a list of how many people have a side hustle, own a business, or work for a small start-up company rather than a large franchise. Now, take that same list and consider who you know who draws a salary from mission support. For the rest of this post, keep those people in mind.

Small Businesses and Ministries Need Our Support

We are still in unknown financial times. Experts declare that we’re entering a recession, and at the same time, companies are finding it difficult to hire qualified workers across many industries. It may be challenging to

We Need Moments of Delight

At some point, we will receive the all-clear to gather closely again in restaurants, churches, coffee shops, museums, co-working spaces, farmers’ markets, bakeries, concerts, and athletic events. We’ll wander around on a Saturday at the Farmer’s Market without intentionally spacing ourselves from strangers. We’ll stop at a food truck for breakfast, grab flowers and the week’s vegetables before heading out to meet friends at our favorite boutique to check out the latest trends in clothing, and we won’t think twice about hugging them.

But let’s pause for a moment. After weeks, possibly months, without income, are you sure your favorite business will have the capital to buy supplies and reopen? If everyone stops their memberships or pauses purchasing, how can we expect services to be available for us when we’re ready to resume normal life?

Businesses Still Have Bills

Just like households have rent, utilities, and loans to continue to pay even though we face a global pandemic. The same is true for businesses regardless of size. Payroll, bookkeeping, software, website expenses, inventory, and office rent are just a few typical expenses a small business owner will pay every month.

We have to consider ways we can continue to invest in the businesses we love now, or they may not be around when we emerge from the next crisis.

Ways to Invest in Small Businesses Today:

  • Find budget for memberships you believe in
  • Use date night money for take-out or delivery if you aren’t comfortable eating in a restaurant
  • Allocate money to spend on small businesses that you would normally spend on gas
  • Buy gift cards for the businesses you would normally be eating lunch or having coffee in with friends
  • If you have a monthly subscription where you purchase items, see if any of your friends want to take advantage of your wholesale discount.

Take inventory of things around your house. I don’t know about you, but I’m still in purging mode since we recently moved. It feels great to get rid of broken items and pass along things our boys have outgrown. However, as items in our house break or wear down, we always need to replace them.

As you replace broken items, check out your local businesses. Even if you have to spend a little extra money, consider the value of investing in that money in your community rather than elsewhere.

Remember, small business owners are often people in your community. When you invest in local businesses, you invest in your community.

Don’t Forget About Your Favorite Ministries

One of the ways that people often tighten their belts in times of crisis is by stopping their giving to churches and nonprofit ministries. But, just like small businesses, the bills don’t pause for ministries during a crisis. In fact, in many cases ministries, finances are stretched thinner as people rely on extra support.

If you support missionaries financially or tithe regularly to your church, it’s important to prioritize keeping these items in your budget even while we are all tightening our belts. It’s not an exaggeration to say that stopping your monthly giving could mean the difference between someone else affording their rent or paying for their groceries on a given month.

So, take a minute and review that list of small business owners. Then, I encourage you to take some time to browse their websites as you’re creating your next shopping list. Note a few items you need or want and figure out how to work them into your budget.

Are you a small business owner? Do you work with a ministry or nonprofit?

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