With closures, social distancing guidelines, and stay at home orders, these past few months have been extremely hard on all of us, but especially those who have lost their job or business because of the economic downturn due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a small Christian business, we have leaned on the support of our loyal customers to help us stay strong and in a position to continue producing Christian t-shirts and apparel during this time.
Even still, it is not always easy, and we know many other faith-based companies and small businesses are experiencing financial hardships.
Do you want to support small, local, and Christian businesses during COVID-19? Check out these nine ways to support small businesses and faith-based companies today.
1. Shop Small Christian Businesses Online
While many businesses have had to close their physical doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this does not mean you have to stop shopping with them. Fortunately, many companies that sell products and services have the capacity to do so online.
At All Things By Faith, we are a completely virtual Christian t-shirt and apparel store, so you can shop with us from anywhere at any time. And like us, many small businesses have adopted an e-commerce structure, especially now that health guidelines and regulations are in place. Even if a company doesn’t have a website, check their social media pages like Facebook and Instagram to see if they have purchasing options available there.
Stay at home and social distancing orders don’t have to stop you from shopping at small Christian businesses. Instead, get creative and shop online.
2. Buy a Gift Card or Certificate
If you visit a small business online and don’t find anything you need or want at the moment, you can still support them during this time. Consider purchasing a gift card to use at a later date. Or purchase a few to hand out to family and friends as a small act of kindness--everyone could use one of those right now.
You can purchase an All Things By Faith gift card and spread kindness with Christian shirts for women and men.
3. Write Stellar Business Reviews
Do you have a small business or Christian company that you love but don’t have the means to support financially right now? That’s ok! You can make a big difference by leaving a stellar business review. Simply search for your favorite small businesses on Google, Yelp, and Facebook and give them a 5-star review today.
The more positive customer testimonials a small Christian business has, the more likely other people will trust the company and make a purchase. Your opinion matters, and you can write a great review to help your favorite small businesses flourish during this time.
4. Follow and Engage with Small Businesses on Social Media
Another way to help small, local, and Christian businesses during COVID-19 that does not cost you any money is to support them on social media. Recent studies show that over 90% of companies use social media to further promote their business and this number is only increasing. So, there is a good chance that the small business you want to support has an Instagram and Facebook page.
You can support small Christian companies on social media by…
- Liking their posts
- Commenting on their posts
- Sharing their posts with your followers
- Encouraging others to follow them on social media
Engaging with small businesses on social media increases their brand awareness which results in more sales for them.
5. Spread the Word
Whether it is on social media, over the phone, or in person, you can support small Christian businesses by telling your friends and family about the company and encouraging them to purchase something today. Word spreads fast--the more you share with others, the more traffic your favorite small business will have.
6. Order Takeout or Delivery from Local Businesses
If you are looking to support local restaurants and other service-based businesses in your area, order takeout or delivery when possible. States such as California have called for all indoor restaurant seating to close until further notice, and other states are considering doing the same. But you can still support these small businesses by placing an order over the phone or online and eating in their outdoor areas or elsewhere.
7. Increase Your Tip Amount
If you are supporting local businesses by ordering takeout or delivery, consider increasing your tip amount. While this may not benefit the business directly, it will benefit the dedicated service workers who are working hard to adjust to the new norm of the service industry while ensuring you have a great customer experience.
8. Pray for Small Christian Businesses
Your prayers are extremely important, as small Christian businesses are leaning on their faith to get them through these times more than ever. Consider sending an email or direct social media message to the Christian companies you support letting them know you are praying for their business during this time. A word of encouragement goes a long way.
9. Gather Support From Your Church and Other Christian Organizations
If the small Christian business you want to support has products and services that apply to your church community or a Christian organization you are part of, consider starting a church fundraiser or campaign to increase widespread support of the business.
At All Things by Faith, you can purchase our products in large quantities at an affordable price. Consider buying Christian t-shirts for your church small group or getting a large number of Christian face masks to hand out at your next church service. Contact us today for more information about discounts for large orders.
Whatever You Do, Your Support Matters
During the COVID-19 pandemic, your support of small, local, and Christian businesses truly does matter. If you are looking for a Christian business to support now, check out our latest Christian t-shirts for women, faith-based apparel, and Christian face masks today!
Thank you for shopping with us and supporting small businesses during this time.