1. STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY
Every dollar that you spend at a local independent business will return 3 times more money to your local economy, as opposed to if you spend it at a chain store like Walmart.
If you’re buying something that is handmade, or locally made, chances are you know all that was put in or used to produce the good. This makes it easier to rid your body of synthetics and chemicals.
3. HELP BUILD UP YOUR COMMUNITY
When you shop at a local store where you may know or make friends with the people that own it, you gain a sense of fulfillment. [[satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one's abilities or character]]
4. GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY
It has been said that small businesses donate more than twice as much per sale dollar to local non-profits, events, or teams compared to big corporate businesses!
5. CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Independent businesses are also the customers of other local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, entrepreneurs, etc. [[once you go local, you never go back.]]
If you’re the shopper that is looking for something specific and unique, your local entrepreneur can easily customize their product to fit your needs because chances are, they are doing it themselves!
7. CONTRIBUTION TO A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL
Independent local businesses are “people-sized” or in other words, they consume less land, carry more locally made products, they are closer to other residents, and create less traffic, air pollution, etc.
8. LOWER TAXES
If you’re shopping 10 minutes from your house, you and everyone else doing so will put less demand on roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar!
9. BETTER THE LOCAL DEMOCRACY
Local ownership of a business means that residents with roots in the community are involved in decisions that shape your everyday life and the local environment.
10. GET QUALITY SERVICE
Local businesses usually hire people that, or they themselves, know exactly what it is that they are selling and why it would be of use to you. They also take time to get to know their customers and appreciate their needs and wants!