It’s called Small Business Saturday, but there’s nothing small about its goal to rally shoppers and support local businesses.
The initiative continues to gain momentum in this, its sixth year, with a focus on encouraging shoppers to think outside the traditional (gift) box by purchasing not just products, but services (in the form of gift certificates) from local businesses.
With more than 28 million small businesses in the U.S. chances are you probably have at least one entrepreneur on your holiday gift list. And what better way to give Small Business Saturday even more meaning than by giving your favorite small business owner a gift certificate from a fellow local business?
Shopping small achieves two outcomes with one thoughtful stroke: it shows support for Small Business Saturday and addresses the needs or wants of your favorite small business owner. After all, many small business owners are so busy running their company that they often don’t have time to reach out for professional services that could take their enterprise to the next level.
A “trip” through any local chamber of commerce or even Laptop Lounge’s own coworking community directory offers a wealth of gift ideas. Many of our members’ professional services make great gifts for the entrepreneur on your list:
- A consultation with a bookkeeper, accountant or financial services company
- A strategy session with a business attorney
- A marketing or business plan from a marketing consultant or business coach
- A computer systems/security review from an information technology expert
- Web hosting from a web host service
- A meeting with a business coach or time management expert
- A new website or site refresh from a website designer
- A coworking community membership for anyone who works from home
If your ideas are coming up as short as a roll of ribbon on Christmas Eve, it’s a rare entrepreneur who wouldn’t enjoy such “creature comforts” as a relaxing massage, manicure/pedicure, 18 holes of golf, or dinner at their favorite local restaurant. These are services that are sure to be appreciated by a grateful entrepreneur while supporting your local small business community.
Laptop Lounge’s Coworking Community makes a great gift for entrepreneurs, freelancers, independent agents, sales reps, or employees who work from home. Studies show that professionals who join #coworking communities are more productive, profitable – and happier! We have gift certificates available for membership! Click here to learn more and get a $50 discount now!
If you’re a small business owner with a service that would make a great gift, let us know! Leave a comment below telling us what your offer is and how to contact you. We love supporting local small businesses!