Local businesses are the lifeblood of the economy. They are a great part of the community and I always support them as much as I can because I would much rather help a local family to eat than support some rich CEO any day. I’m going to go over some of the advantages of buying local.
Local Experience and Expertise
A lot of the people running these businesses have years of experience and expertise in the field and know the area very well. For example lets say that you need a carpet cleaning company in Cornelius NC. I would rather hire the company in the link, than some huge mcdonalds style chain that might not clean as thoroughly because they have a ton of jobs that they have to do that day. Most local companies that specialize in one industry have years of experience and know not to take on more jobs than they can handle. I’ve had all kinds of companies that say they’ll show up at a certain time and end up being hours late which can be extremely annoying when you have stuff to do.
When you use a good local company over and over you start to develop a good relationship with them and could even end up getting a discount down the road. They’ll also be more motivated to give you free tips and pointers if needed.
A lot of the time the item or service that you need to purchase is closer than you think. It can be way more convenient to go to a local stand or shop that’s just down the road than getting in the truck and driving all the way down to the big department style store. I have a small hardware store that is right down the road that I go to all the time instead of the huge local brands that are farther away and sometimes more expensive.
It’s no big secret that huge companies have a big carbon footprint and use a lot of natural resources. When you use local companies this is drastically reduced. Given how many problems there are with the environment I think it’s time that everybody plays a part to reduce carbon and other environmental problems before it’s too late.
I’ve read that for every $100 that is spent on local business, upwards of $65 will stay with the community. This is a pretty significant statistic! Not to mention that small business accounts for 65% of all new jobs.
Some food for thought. The next time that you go to the store of hire a service, pick the local one and the community will be better off for it.