Are you buying from local retailers? Most people visit local retailers occasionally but don’t intentionally choose them over national stores. Not only do chain retailers receive a lot of traffic but an increase in online purchases is also detracting from the amount of money spent at local stores. Believe us. We get it. You should be able to visit whatever store you choose. But opting for a local retailer over a chain store has a variety of benefits you have probably not considered.
Whether you are shopping for your home or picking out produce, choose local. Let’s look at why you should start.
Reason #1: Support Local Businesses
Local vendors foster up-and-coming artists and retailers in the area. Not only do small businesses enhance the domestic market, but they help local companies stick around. Most local retailers are competing against the big guys. Your business at local retailers helps these small businesses stick around.
Also, local vendors are better equipped to give you the personal attention you deserve. For every dollar you spend, you are improving their business and making them a greater overall choice for everyone.
Reason #2: Keep Your Tax Dollars
Spending just 10% of your spending to locally owned businesses will keep $1.3 billion in Utah’s economy thanks to your tax dollars. While taxes always feel like a pain initially, it actually dramatically benefits residents of the state. For a clearer idea, think of every dollar that you spend. Whenever you spend a dollar, $.55 stays in Utah. That’s four times more money than if you spent that dollar at a national store.
These tax dollars go towards building the things we share, including roads, fire and police services, schools, and parks. In some communities, taxes also support art programs, after-school programs, and other benefits. Every purchase has a price, so shopping locally is one of the few ways you can make the money you spend work for you.
Reason #3: Create Jobs
Locally-owned stores create more jobs and can also provide better employment opportunities overall. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2018 Small Business Profile, small businesses added 1.9 million net new jobs during the latest year studied. Of the 30.2 million small businesses in the United States, 47.5 percent employ the state’s private workforce.
Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, but they also are the customers of other local retailers, which expands opportunities for local entrepreneurs everywhere.
Reason #4: Get Better Service
If you have ever dealt with a large corporation, you understand the drawbacks of big business customer service. You end up calling a million different numbers trying to find a solution. Even if you find the right representative, it takes much more time and effort than it should. On the other hand, when you buy at a local vendor, your business means more. The business owner values your business and cares about your experience.
Reason #5: Invest in Community
Whether you know it or not, your community is built on the backs of local retailers. Independent businesses contribute to their community. They embrace the quirks of the local community and bring new styles, trends, and products into the area. Buying local nurtures business and gives back to your community.
At San Francisco Design, we are committed to providing the best service possible. Every team member works hard to know each of our customers personally. We know our products in-depth and don’t just offer services merely for the sake of convenience. When you support our business, you can walk happy and come home to a house that feels like you.
When you support our business your home will be a reflection of YOU.