As well as keeping our immune systems strong (lots of echinacea!), we need to be looking at ways to support small businesses – well, all businesses really. How can we help keep everyone going and flowing while everyday life grinds to a halt? We can all try to do our bit, even while our own circumstances feel a bit rocky. The fewer redundancies and businesses closing the better!
Where to start
Lots of small business stores have online shops that are still working. And, remember, there are still birthdays to celebrate, plus Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up in the next few months. Hacienda Blue and Originals and many of our furniture clients have heaps of small gift ideas and good online shopping sites.
Wild Rice has had to cancel all its shows, which have already cost massive amounts of money to produce. To help, you can make a tax-deductible donation to Wild Rice or become an Angel. That will help them with rent for the theatre and some overheads.
Montigo Resorts in Batam is selling $100 vouchers for $70 to keep money coming in so they don’t have to lay off any staff. You can use the vouchers for up to two years. Anything like this that you can do for your favourite regional travel spot or resort will all help.
Food delivery through Sasha’s and Open Taste is great if you don’t want to venture out – you’re still supporting small businesses. And, if you need a drink, there are quite a few alcohol delivery services you can support!
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra has live streamed its first concert on YouTube. If you’re a fan of the SSO, there are options to donate too.
There are many businesses that offer gift vouchers or subscriptions or will sign people up for future courses and sessions (yoga, fitness, cooking classes, for example). And all of that will help keep them going now.
Every little bit helps!
For more helpful tips, head to our Living in Singapore section.