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12 Simple Ways to Support Businesses Owned by Family and Friends

If you are a family or a friend to someone who owns a business, be sure to show your support. Although they may not express it to you verbally, your support to them matters to a great extent. Showing support is extremely valuable and there are more than one way to do it. In this article we outlined 12 ways to show your love and support. Only two out of the twelve are monetary. The others just take time and effort! If family or friends ask how they can support, be sure to share the to this link to this article to make it easy.

LIKE

This by far is the easiest. If you see a post on social media with someones product or service click the like or heart icon. This simple acts allows other you’re connected with to discover the business.

SHARE

By sharing or reposting a social media post you further help spread the word about someones business. Now other people you’re connected to will be able to discover a product they’ve been looking for.

FOLLOW

By following someones business on social media you help them get more exposure. You’ll also be able to readily see their content so you can like or share it.

COMMENT

Comments are huge. Did you know that Instagram will rank someones picture higher if they have several multi word comments under a photo? Take a quick second to say something.

RATE

If there is a way to rate a business on any platform take the time to do it. If it’s a physical location rate them on places like Google Maps or Yelp. If it’s a podcast rate them on iTunes. Better yet, if you love what they’re doing offer to give them a testimonial for their website.

MENTION

When you’re out and hear someone talking about a topic similar to the business of your friend/family be sure to mention their business. Spreading the word can be as simple as mentioning the business name and encouraging them to Google the company to find out more information.

PURCHASE

If you like the product, buy it! What better way to say you believe in the product. Try not to get freebies. That can sometimes devalue what someone is doing.

VOLUNTEER

Sometimes business owners just need a helping hand. Be there for them if they need you to help make something, man the booth, or help plan/host an event. That can really help someone who is just starting out or overwhelmed. Also, don’t expect payment if you’re doing it out the kindness of your heart.

PARTICIPATE

If your friend/family is having an event, class, being awarded or are part of a show try to be there for them. Show up and participate in the event.

ENCOURAGE

This is HUGE. You might be tempted to say this is a bad idea or you shouldn’t be doing this, but remember sometimes people just need your encouragement to succeed. Just because it’s not a choice you would make, doesn’t make it a bad choice.

BELIEVE

believing in their plans and dreams can be the best contribution you can bring as a supporting friend or family.

INVEST

if the opportunity present itself, why not invest in their in their business. You might collaborating on an additional source of income with your investment.

We sincerely hope you like these quick tips on how to support businesses owned by your family and friends.