There’s no doubt the coronavirus lockdown has been bad for businesses, especially small ones, and it seems many people are now realizing they need to do something to help.
A new survey finds:
- 79% of Americans say the crisis has made them realize just how important small businesses are to their community.
- In fact, 71% say they plan to avoid big corporations and shop small.
- Many did what they could to help small businesses during the crisis, with folks saying they supported an average of ten small businesses while sheltering in place.
- One of the biggest ways they supported small businesses is by ordering take-out and delivery (43%). Other ways include:
- Shop online (39%)
- Donating money (38%)
- Buying gift cards (34%)
- Writing reviews online (31%)
- Sharing their social media posts (30%)
- Posting about them on my social media (26%)
- Folks did what they could to help workers as well, with over half saying they tipped delivery folks more than usual, up to 28%.
- Regardless of what they’ve already done, 74% are worried their favorite spots may not survive.
- To help, 77% say they plan on supporting more local businesses once things go back to normal.
- The top shops folks are excited about visiting again include:
- Coffee shop/cafe (58%)
- Restaurant (51%)
- Hair salon (37%)
- Gym/fitness studio (36%)
- Local clothing store/boutique (33%)
- Bar (31%)
- Nail salon (23%)