Hello Everyone! I had hoped that by this time the coronavirus would have faded into the past, however that is not the case. Therefore, this blog post is going to be talking about the importance of small business online shopping and social media in the e-commerce industry.
As we all know, not a lot of people feel safe venturing out to the stores nowadays, whether it be for medical reasons or for the simple fact that the virus is still around us. We all had an idea previous to the pandemic of how important online shopping can be, but now the e-commerce business is booming like never before, for big and smaller businesses.
For small businesses, this pandemic has been a fairly good thing. More revenue into smaller, privately owned businesses and sole proprietorships means more money into the hands of middle class citizens trying to make their way or trying to make some extra cash that the virus has unfortunately nabbed from us, due to layoffs and furloughs. You will even see that supporting small businesses is a surprisingly nicer experience, as most of the products that come from them are more intricate, handmade, or acquired with care instead of mass produced like the big companies such as Amazon or Walmart.
Even though there is negative twist on social media about things going on nationwide, there is another little corner of the internet where makers, creators, entrepreneurs, and business savvy thinkers alike come together to support and share each other’s gift with the rest of the world. It is a place where we can be socially distant, yet relate to each other as we support one another’s crafts and online shops, communicating in a positive way to show love to other human beings who take time, effort, and blood, sweat, and tears (in some cases) to be able to create one of a kind items with their own two hands. The sharing aspect of social media has become, in my opinion, more driven than ever before to shed light onto small business owners, especially those who call the internet their home away from home when it comes to their business.
I encourage everyone reading this, the next time you find that you need or want something, look towards this homey corner of the internet to find what you are looking for, rather than continually contributing to the billion dollar mass produced industries. No, this does not mean you have to give up your Amazon addiction. I certainly haven’t! However, I have been more conscious of where my money is going, and I have found myself spending more of my money on skilled and talented individuals and their creations. It means a lot more to that individual than it ever will to a gigantic company. As a small business owner myself, I can say that wholeheartedly.
A few of my very favorite small business owner sites I like to shop from are as follows: Poshmark.com – Etsy.com – Teespring.com . You will find sellers and makers of all kinds, especially on Etsy, which focuses on handmade items.
Sharing is caring, buying is supporting, spreading the word is priceless. Below highlighted in blue is a list of my own shops and links. I love the communities on these platforms, as well as fellow creators I get the chance to speak with on social media.
Q: What is your favorite small business platform? Who is your favorite creator?
Drop your links in the comments!