In our hearts, we all want to support small businesses. But sometimes that involves spending cash we simply don't have.
COVID has impacted so many of us financially. So while our intentions are good, we're being super careful with our dollars.
But actually, if you're one of those people who wants to boycott fast fashion, yet struggles with slow fashion prices, there are ways to support small businesses without spending a cent.
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Here are five ways you can give your favourite Lady Startups a boost, without evening opening your wallet.
1. Social Media Engagement.
Let's face it, our screen time is probably at an all-time high right now - so might as well use those minutes (or, let's be real, hours) to follow, like and comment on the pages of small businesses in need.
Fill your feed with Lady Startups by following their accounts. And like their posts - double taps cost nothing after all.
Leave a meaningful comment and show them some love. Every bit of engagement with their account helps the social media algorithm favour their content, so it gets placed in front of people who may just be potential customers.
2. Social Media Promotion.
If you have purchased products from a small business or have used their services, shout about it online - and don't forget to tag the business. They can use your positive reviews to promote their business in the future.
3. Word of Mouth Recommendations.
There’s no better referral than word-of-mouth. Step outside the apps for a second and talk about all the talented Lady Startups you’ve stumbled across to your friends and family. Strangers, even. Having real-life conversations where you are showing support for small businesses will help keep them top-of-mind.