We all know that 2020 has been a wild ride. Unfortunately, this year has been tougher for some more than others. With nation-wide lockdowns and restrictions put in place, many businesses have struggled to stay afloat. This means that it’s extra important for us to support local, small businesses this festive season. Aside from the camaraderie of supporting our local entrepreneurs, there are many reasons why buying local is super important.
Here are 7 reasons why you should shop local this holiday season:
1. Creates Jobs
Creating a demand for locally produced goods and services creates more jobs for our fellow South Africans. According to a 2018 study, up to 60% of South Africa’s workforce is employed by small businesses. Shopping local means growing these businesses, thus creating more local jobs.
2. Better for the Environment
Shopping local means you’re helping the environment too. Most large corporations use products made in other countries. The simple act of flying in products from other countries leaves a big carbon footprint. Shopping local reduces the need for transportation, which is better for the environment.
3. Improves Local Economy
By buying your products locally, you’re keeping the money within your community. You’re helping local businesses to sustain themselves and generate an income to boost the local economy. Local businesses are also likely to spend money locally, keeping more money in the community.
4. Community Upliftment
Choosing to support local businesses just because you’re proudly South African means you’re helping a local business to thrive. This applies to any country. By building up local camaraderie, you’re contributing towards a healthy sense of upliftment within the community.
5. Contributes to Community Growth
Creating demand and keeping money within your community will help encourage new local businesses to grow. It also helps you to connect with people within your community. Networking locally can also lead to further community growth.
6. Encourages Innovation
Entrepreneurship has become a growing movement in recent years. By supporting local, you are encouraging others to be innovative and create products that benefit the community. Your support of local small businesses means entrepreneurs are able to grow their income and continue to come up with innovative ideas.
7. Unique Products!
Local businesses are great at bringing a certain type of uniqueness. You’re dealing with a local brand with a local flavour. When shopping at a local small business, you know you’ll get a product made with love and care!