Supporting Small Businesses During the Safer at Home Order
Small business owners are always top of mind for us at Motus Financial, but these last few weeks have been particularly hard. We wanted to offer a few tips and reminders to owners and community members about how we can can support each other in a time of uncertainty.
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES RIGHT NOW
Buy gift cards — Buying gift cards gives a small business an immediate cash infusion to help make it through hard times. It is essentially a no-interest loan from you, which provides money for businesses and gives you a chance to do something nice for a friend to keep a sole proprietor in business. It is fairly low risk and can mean a lot to businesses forced to close temporarily due to COVID-19.
Shop early — If you’re in a financial position to do so, go ahead and complete online shopping now that you would typically wait to do for a few months. Support local businesses early for beach season, birthdays, and .
Market for the business — We each have our own in-person and virtual communities of influence and now is the time to utilize them. NextDoor.com and neighborhood Facebook pages have become a beacon of support for people calling out their favorite small businesses in town to support. Tell your friends, colleagues, family and neighbors who to support and be vocal about it. Several other local websites have popped up to help spread the message for businesses still open – two prominent ones include TakeOutWisconsin and Madison.com’s Support Local Now.
Spread creativity — You need to do this tactfully to a small business owner, but some of the creative ways we’ve seen small businesses evolve in the last few weeks are fantastic. A local pizza restaurant is selling kids pizza kits with dough, sauce, cheese and a topping that they’ll bring to your car, so your kiddos can have a bit of fun at home. A local painting studio for kids is selling take-home art kits you can pick up at the curb. Help brainstorm how small businesses can make their products mobile or virtual.
Support Local — We’ve been a longtime member of Dane Buy Local and the majority of our business comes from businesses directly affected by the Safer At Home order in Wisconsin. Let’s stick together to do all we can to keep a message of hope alive for our communities and local businesses that impact our lives everyday.
Motus Financial, located in Sun Prairie, WI provides Point-of-Sale (POS) technology solutions and credit card processing services. Locally-owned and operated Motus Financial provides a complete suite of POS technology services to assist merchants in processing payment from credit cards, debit cards, and checks. Motus Financial can also provide a customized gift card program for your business.
For more information, please contact us at 608-819-8666 or check out our website at www.motuscc.com and we look forward to assisting you.