Recently, someone asked us a question that got us to really thinking on a personal level. One of our readers asked: what do we impact when we support small businesses? While it could be easy to simply offer up a cookie cutter answer about how supporting small businesses grow jobs, and such –we wanted to look even deeper.
We’re pretty sure that you, our devoted readers, would like an answer that was a bit more organic. So, okay! Here are a few things we have seen people impact when they support small businesses:
This is more than just another ‘buzzword’ that has been thrown around in the recent couple of years. Sustainability is quite important—especially for small communities. When something is sustainable, everyone benefits from it. There is a constant cycle of give and take wherein there is a fair trade.
What isn’t sustainable? This is when you buy things that go beyond your capability to earn. When large businesses raise their prices to heights that their clientele cannot afford, of course there will be no new revenue that will come in. Something that isn’t sustainable occurs also when a business peddles wares that they cannot keep up for a significant amount of time.
Small businesses often focus on presenting products that they can sustain and will always have access to. When they are patronized, they can keep providing a service—keeping the cycle going.
An Owner and their Dream
A small business isn’t just something that is started for the heck of it. Chances are, the small businesses that are opened and sustained, is someone’s dream. It could be the dream of the person that opened it; it could also be the dream of someone that they know. If you have time, talk to someone who runs a small business or a stall at a local market. Find out why they’re in the business they’re in.
Is it a family tradition? Who started the business? Who is being supported by this business? Always remember that when you support a small business, you impact the owner’s life and their dreams.
Small businesses often have a pretty colorful history to them. Take the time to ask around and you just might be pleasantly surprised at what you learn.
As You Can See…
It is simply logically sound to support small businesses. Much like watching a ripple grow, your actual effort into supporting independent firms in your area will eventually have far-reaching and positive consequences.
What do you think you impact when you support small businesses?