How to Help Small Businesses Coming Out of Lockdown

It’s been almost one and a half years since the Covid-19 pandemic started and changed our lives forever. The new virus turned out to be highly contagious and started to spread in humans at an extraordinary rate. In an attempt to control the coronavirus outbreak, people were asked to wear masks and observe social distancing. But, when things started to get out of hand, lockdown measures were introduced in countries around the world to forcefully restrict social interactions and public activities.

Like many other countries, Pakistan has also remained severely affected by the global pandemic with hundreds of infections being reported on a daily basis. Ever since the beginning of the virus outbreak, the nation has gone through at least three different waves of the coronavirus pandemic with the number of cases constantly going up and down. 

However, with vaccination drives in full swing, the situation is getting better slowly and gradually. But, prolonged lockdown measures have already had a very negative impact on economic activities nationwide. Unlike large-scale industries and businesses that have higher stakes and recovery measures involved, small business owners and entrepreneurs have been facing a really tough time getting things back on track, even after the easing of lockdown.

The good news is that there are actually many different things you can do right from the comfort of your home to extend your help to these small business owners. Want to know how? We’ve got you covered. In this blog, we are going to detail some of the best ways to support small businesses coming out of the Covid-19 lockdown.

How to Support Small Businesses Post Covid-19 Lockdown

Some great ways for helping and supporting small businesses coming out of lockdown have been listed and discussed below:

  • Shop from a Local Platform
  • Don’t Forget to Leave a Good Review
  • Recommend a Local Business in Your Social Circle

Shop from a Local Platform

Instead of shopping from large, well-known brands, you can simply opt for local businesses

Nowadays, every other large and small business has an online presence. They sell different types of products and services to facilitate people, providing them with doorstep delivery services. 

Instead of shopping from large, well-known brands, you can simply opt for local businesses that are using different types of small-scale and free platforms to run their operations. Social websites like Facebook and other platforms allow people to market, even if they have a very limited budget.

Buying products from these small-scale online shops is one of the best ways to support them. Along with Facebook, there are also many small retailers and sellers who use the platform of OLX, Pakistan’s largest online marketplace. You can also buy products and services from these local businesses, but make sure to order items only from sellers verified by OLX to be on the safe side.

Don’t Forget to Leave a Good Review

Don’t Forget to Leave a Good Review
Use groups and communities on social websites to recommend a particular product or service from a local business

If you are satisfied with the quality of the product/services you have ordered from a local business, never forget to leave a good review about them. Letting others know about your satisfactory experience is one of the best ways to support a small business post Covid-19 lockdown.

You can also use groups and communities on social websites to recommend a particular product or service from a local business to spread the word among a larger group of people. Also, if a particular business you are supporting has a page on Facebook or presence on Google maps, you can rate them and leave your comments on these public platforms.

Recommend a Local Business in Your Circle of Friends and Acquaintances

Recommend a Local Business in Your Circle of Friends and Acquaintances
Spread the word about a local business in your social circle

We live in a society where a lot of people still rely on word of mouth. So, if you want to truly support a small business recovering from a setback due to lockdown restrictions, let your family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues know the products and services they offer. The people who know you are likely to consider your recommendation. 

You can even ask them to do the same thing if they also have a satisfactory experience with the products and services offered by your recommended local retail outlet or online shop. This will create a chain of recommendations, which is needed by almost every other small business owner in these uncertain times to keep things afloat.

These were some great ways to support small businesses post Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. We hope the ideas we have shared above will help you with your humanitarian mission. With these small efforts, we can make a difference and our support could make it easier for small business owners to recover from the economic setback they may have been facing for the past several months. 

If you know about some other amazing ideas to help a small business coming out of lockdown restrictions, feel free to write to us at blog@zameen.com. Your valuable feedback will help us make our piece more informative for our readers.

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