You hear it all the time. Shop Local. Have you given it much thought?
Some time during your life you have probably toyed with the idea of starting your own business. Be your own boss. The thought of working when you want, doing things your way and pocketing all the money is very appealing. However, that’s not how it works.
Working for yourself is the hardest job you will ever have.
It takes a special mindset to pass up the steady paycheck and opt into investing your own time and money building your own business to the point of finally paying you back for all your blood, sweat, tears and money. It is a battle with more downs than ups most of the time.
Your family member, friend, neighbor are working doubly hard to make a go of their own business. They need your patronage to make it work.
They are already vested in rent or mortgage for their operation. Then comes insurances, licenses, inspections and taxes. Next comes equipment and stock, maybe employees.
When you patronize your local businesses, you keep the money local. You keep the taxes local. You keep a healthy local economy. You keep local jobs. Not all business operators will become rich by any means but they may be able to put food on their tables and care for their families comfortably. That makes for a rich neighborhood.
Once you get the hang of shopping local, spread the word. Be vocal. Let others know about the deal you got on back to school clothes, the tasty fresh fruits and veggies from Farmer Joe, the perfect life insurance policy from neighbor Fred. Not only will you be helping local businesses, you’ll be helping your community all around.
* Photo was taken by me.