I recently took an overdue break for a couple of weeks and decided to go on a road trip down the east coast of Australia. Travelling through towns I often
stopped for regular breaks to stretch my legs and to fuel up both for my car and body.
As I made these stops, I often started friendly chats to many local business owners about some of the frustrations they are dealing with on a regular basis, and it made me think more into the very heart & soul of who we are as a nation. Most businesses around country and specifically the ones I spoke to, are small businesses that their annual turnover is of around $50k to $70k per year, with employing one or two staff (maybe more in some cases).
As I continued my discussions and walked the main streets of the the town I was in, I noticed many empty buildings (shopfronts). This concerned me as I often think of the reasons why theses shopfronts are empty & remain empty. Is this due to increased rents, lack of regular customers, change in market, lack of business skills & education of the owners, or all the above and more?
As a small business expert, I understand & acknowledge what we all need to do to continue to help the 'little guys' in business. This has ripple on all aspects of the local community & their families.
So in essence....support the local businesses and in turn they will support you.
I encourage everyone to spend an extra $10 per week in a different business each week. Imagine what this would do to the local economy.
Until next time...make everyday count!