In case you weren’t aware, this week is Small Business Week! I wasn’t even aware until Google informed me, and after doing a little further investigation I learned that every year since 1963 the president of the United States announced when Small Business Week will be. The focus of Small Business Week is to shine a light on all of the hard working entrepreneurs and small business owners out there who are helping to make our economy amazing. This year, President Obama proclaimed that it would be May 1st through 7th, and so I wanted to celebrate it a little bit today and talk about why we should support Small Businesses and how to support them more often.
Most of you probably know that I am a HUGE supporter of small business. It’s something I’ve always been big on, and was practically raised with. As a child, my mother and grandmother ran a small craft business. In my early years, they had a store front and sold wood crafts out of it. When the store front became too expensive to maintain, they closed up shop and started selling their creations in a booth in the Quilted Bear (a big store that has lots of booths from different makers-think Etsy in real life) and eventually a website. The business, booth, and website are long gone-but the memories of helping them set up their displays and create products for their small business is one that remains deeply rooted within me.
Over the years I’ve had a number of small businesses myself in Etsy and Storenvy shops, and aside from my blog I’ve put most of them aside in order to complete schooling and focus on gaining an education and degree. This doesn’t stop the small business from running through my blood though, and every day I have a million new ideas that I have to talk myself down from. For now, I just support my fantastic friends who are running their own small businesses and brands as much as possible.
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Why You Should Support Small Business
There are probably a lot more reasons than these, but here are my main reasons that I feel we should support small business as much as possible.
You’re Supporting Real People
When you buy from a small business, you’re not giving your money to some large corporation that may be dodging taxes or getting huge tax breaks that make no sense in the scheme of things. You’re not lining some rich man’s pockets or helping him buy a new yacht. You’re helping a mother put food on the table for her children, a father show his children what hard work can bring, and a talented artist/crafter/creator put themselves out there further.
Small Business Owners are Some of the Most Hardworking
I know so many people who are running their own small or handmade businesses. Some are doing it on the side while they go to school or work another full-time job, and some are trying their hardest to live off of it full time. One common thing among them is that small business owners don’t get breaks. They don’t have set hours that they’re on the clock, they don’t take vacations, and they’re always working or on call. When a business is all your responsibility, and you’re small enough that you can’t hire employees, you have to put in all that work and time yourself. The people who continue to do this even when they’re exhausted and burnt out, just because it’s their passion and their livelihood, those people inspire me.
You’re Helping Someone Follow Their Dreams
We all want to follow our dreams, and we all wish someone would support us in those dreams. Maybe your dream is to travel the world, run a marathon, or to become an astronaut. For most small business owners, they’re out there going full force at their dream. Their dreams may be to make a living doing what they love, to be able to support their family with their unique skill set, to help people with their new inventions, or all of the above. When you buy from a small business, you help give them the money and encouragement they need to continue doing what they’re doing.
You Really Can Find More Unique Products
Small businesses are often the most innovative when it comes to products. Most cool new things are coming from young inventors and creators who put it out there on their own before it gets picked up by big companies. There are so many more wonderful one-of-a-kind creations and gifts out there in the small business community that just mean more than something that was mass produced in a factory.
You’re Helping the Economy
Small businesses are much less likely to outsource their products and goods to other countries than big corporations are. There are more locally made, locally sold, and locally taxed items in a small business typically than a giant company. Purchasing from small and local businesses help stimulate the local economy, either where you are, or where the creator is residing. That’s a good thing!
How to Support Small Business More Often
Okay, I’m not expecting you to always be able to shop small-goodness knows I don’t. Sometimes I really just want to go blow a small (or large) amount at Target for some retail therapy, or sometimes it’s just much more convenient when I need something in a pinch or faster than I can get it from somewhere else. It happens, and that’s okay. What I’m encouraging you to do is just make an effort to shop and support small business more often in your daily lives. Here are a few ideas to help with that…
Buy Groceries from a Local Grocer
Find a grocer that is local to you, or who supports local farmers by selling products from your state, and do your grocery shopping there as often as possible. Not only will you likely get better quality products, but you’ll be stimulating the local economy and helping small business owners (like farmers) in your area.
Hit Up Farmers’ Markets
Or, better yet, go straight to the source and buy your fresh food and handmade goods right from the Farmer’s Market. Not only do you put your money right into the hands of the small business owners in your area, but the Farmers’ Market is also a fun event. Take your friends, your pooch, or just enjoy a few hours browsing alone. I can’t wait for Farmers’ Market season to start up again here!
Shop Handmade Online
This is one of my favorite things, as I’m a big fan of shopping online and not having to go out in public (other than for Farmers’ Markets haha!). So shopping handmade online has become one of my favorite things ever. If you hit up sites like Etsy, Storenvy, or Amazon’s new handmade marketplace; you can find so many fantastic options out there and things you’ll never see in a store.
Support People You Know
Chances are you know at least one person (but probably a lot more) who has their own small business. Either they run some kind of service business, sell online, or have their own shop-in any case, you should support them more often both to show them your love and kindness, and to help support small business as a whole.
Commit to Handmade Gifts
A few years back I made a commitment to do my entire Christmas small business style. That meant I either made gifts for people, bought from handmade shops online, or hit up local gift shops and establishments for gifts. It was probably the best Christmas gifting I’ve ever done, and I think this year I’m going to do it again. All handmade for the holidays.
Treat Yourself to Something Handmade this Week
What better way to celebrate small business week by treating yourself with something handmade? Oh and I have ideas for you, I definitely do. Here are some items I’m loving lately, from some of my favorite handmade shops and creators. Hope you find something you love!
1 | Wing Scarf from Shovava
2 | Half Dozen Signature Macaroons from La Petit Delicat
3 | Purple Triangle Druzy Gold Fill Necklace from Starletta Designs
4 | from White Faux Taxidermy
5 | Custom Family Name Sign from Made in Neverland
6 | Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub from Stella Kenton Body Shop
7 | Hand Stamped Rustic Mother’s Heart Necklace from Your Charmed Life
8 | Haunted by Humans: Peacock Green Shimmer Mineral Eye Shadow from Printcess
9 | Pastel Mint Floral Clutch from Oyeta
10 | Vintage Wood Scissors Necklace from SimplistiCreations
11 | Perfect Romance Lace Shoes from Live Steamy
12 | Merino Wool Grand Punto Chunky Blanket from Ohhio
13 | Amethyst Crystal and Pyrite Ring from Violet Moonchild
14 | Treat Yo Self Holographic Pinback Parks and Rec 1″ Pin from Liana Kangas
15 | Fine Chocolate Morsels Box from Mathilde Fayes
16 | Arise from the Ashes Pink Holographic Nail Polish from Firecracker Lacquer
17 | Little Tea Party Necklace in Pink from Belle Hibou
18 | Let Mommy Eat Cake T-Shirt from Growing Up Geeky
19 | 1/2 Pound of Fleur de Sel Caramels from The Caramel Jar
20 | Drink Coffee Starbucks Iced Coffee Candle from Double Brush
21 | Lemon Buttercream Whipped Body Butter from It’s All Buttah
22 | Set of 3 Crocheted Dish Towels from Chasing Blue Jays
23 | Purple and Green Glazed Stoneware Mug from Hughes Pottery
24 | Pleated Pink and White Floral Sundress from Tammy Jo Fashion
25 | Love Charm Gemstone Bracelet from WiReD Boutique
I Want to Support Your Small Business This Month
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