Small Business Helpers – You!
If your friend owns a business, there are many things you can do to help them grow.
Especially, when the business is small, it needs support and particularly with Covid-19 disrupting everything and everyone.
As a friend, you can support your friend’s business in many ways. So, make sure that you do these things:
1. Buy their products if they are selling
If your friend is producing something make sure you support them by buying those products.
The best thing you can do for them is to boost their confidence.
As soon as you make a purchase, this will give them a sense of accomplishment.
At the same time, when you use that product, you will indirectly promote their business.
2. Like/Share/Comment and Subscribe
Don’t be stingy. It will not cost you anything to promote someone’s business online.
You can do it for free and at your convenience. Moreover, when you do that, they will get additional views and attention from others who may be interested in buying their products and services.
Not only will it gather attention but will also help boost their level of confidence. So, be generous with your likes and comments.
3. Offer for help, ideas, honest feedback, and opinions
It is very difficult to trust people these days. Especially when it comes to business.
That is why you should give your friends honest opinions and generous feedback.
If you have any ideas that can be used to improve on their existing products and services, tell them. They will welcome your input.
Not only that but when you find that something is not right, let them know honestly. Constructive feedback will help them improve on the things that they are lacking.
4. Engage with them
They might have a lot to share. Mostly when you are managing a business of your own, there are a lot of troubles that might come in the way.
As a good friend, you should be able to give them time. Help them out with small errands.
Provide some help when needed. Attend important meetings as support if needed and offer them advice.
People need support particularly when their business is at an early stage. So, take some time out and engage with them.
5. Talk about it with other people
If you are in a business surrounding, try to boast about your friend’s small business as well.
When you let other people know about their business, you might interest someone in their products and services.
If you have tried their products, let other people know how good they were.
Word of mouth still is one of the best ways of promoting a business.
Engage with them when you are around other people who could be interested in their products or in investing in their business.
If you can help your friend get some recognition, no matter how small it is, they will be grateful.
6. Engage on their sites on their small business
Particularly, if their business is online, make sure that you spend enough time on their site(s).
If they write blog posts like this one, find more articles for them they could blog about.
And make sure you comment on their posts if they caught your attention.
Similarly, if they are vloggers, watch their videos, share, and comment.
And if they have an e-commerce site, try to use it often. This will help the ranking of their business online as well.
7. Compliment and encourage them
When they reach some kind of milestone, congratulate them.
Or when they receive any kind of recognition in the marketplace make sure you leave them some kind of compliment.
You can encourage them to continue working in the same way.
It will let them know that their efforts are not completely wasted and that people are noticing.
8. Stop Asking for Discounts/Free Work
This is so common when it comes to business. Whenever we have someone close to us, we expect them to give us some kind of discount.
But this doesn’t help them at all. After all, you don’t want your friend to start running at a loss.
When you pay your friend for their product or service, even if it is small, it will help increase their revenue and provide much-needed turnover.
9. Connect potential investors you know
If you know anyone that can help invest in their business let them know.
This will increase their connections and it just might be the best support you can provide.
You might foster the deal of a lifetime for them. So, go ahead and connect them to people you know.
10. Collaborate with them on their small business
If you’re a business person yourself then you can always offer to collaborate with your friend’s business.
You can work together which could make both your businesses better.
This support from each other’s business will help you in competing with other businesses.
So, give that some good thought and look for synergies.
And, lastly – Finance
If you know your friend could use a cash injection, tell them about us – we might be able to help them out with a personal loan. This could be used to buy stock or equipment, a business vehicle, and more. All they have to do is complete our application form which takes around five minutes at the most to complete