How can I support local businesses in Austin during the COVID-19 quarantine period?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Texas, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 8:28 pm
A being made of money but wearing a face mask wonders how to support local business during a trying time

Local Business Support Tactics During the Coronavirus in Austin, TX

Local businesses in Austin have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s not too hard to understand why. Not only is everyone encouraged to stay home, but non-essential businesses and services have been suspended by law. The entire world economy has taken a heavy hit from nearly every angle.

But it’s no use denying the current reality. Instead, we must ask: what are our options? How can one still support local Austin businesses when stay-at-home orders are in effect?

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Buy Gift Cards Online

Even if a shop is closed indefinitely and not offering any services, it may still be offering gift cards. Check out the website of a local shop to see if they are indeed doing so.

Gift cards can be viewed as one step above a donation in terms of usefulness. You’re giving the business some money, and if they survive the current economic freeze, you’ll be able to then use that money at their shop. If they don’t survive, you will at least have helped the owners out with your contribution.

Check Small Business Websites

Check small business websites- many of them have updates related to how they’re dealing with the current situation, which may include ways you can support them. They’ll also typically provide other relevant info, such as new hours or new services. Many businesses that may not have offered remote/delivery services before are now doing so.

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Leave a Review

You can help increase a business’s online reputation significantly by leaving them a positive review. You’ll be helping to improve their image and likely their morale at this difficult time.

Share on Social Media

Sharing information or updates about a business on social media can greatly help in spreading the word of changes in hours or practices, or just reminding others to lend a hand to their local institutions.

Order Food and Services

If you order food, try to stick to ordering from local places rather than large chains. Many places that didn’t offer delivery or remote/at-home services before are doing so now.

And remember: the best way to combat this virus right now is by staying home. If you do go out, maintain social distancing and wear a mask, per the most current recommendations by the CDC.