If you’ve ever wondered why shopping local and hire locally first is so important (after all, you can often get goods and services cheaper from big box stores) then this is the post for you! Here are 4 reasons that shopping local is a great thing for anyone to do!
- Shopping local strengthens your local economy
According to a Study of Retail Economics in 2004, (revisited in 2012) when you spend $100 at a local business, $68 of that stays in your community as opposed to the $43 that stays when you spend $100 with a large corporation.
Spending money that stays in your economy enables businesses to invest in their community.
- Local owners and employees are more invested in their communities
Because many employees working for locally owned businesses come from the community, they are familiar with the inner workings of the people and systems there. They are more interested in keeping the community a nice place to be, simply because they are there too. When you hire a local service business, you are helping someone to make his or her community a better place.
- Hiring locally creates a more tightly knit community
When you hire people who live and work in your area, you are more likely to have connections with them personally, while also second handedly investing in community events and programs.
Many local businesses are involved in after-school programs, donating either time or money to organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, or youth sports. These types of programs are important because they help to create a safer, happier place for all residents to live, and spend their time and money.
Hung Right Doors helps to support local sports teams, has donated money and services to local organizations and is involved in the Olympia Master Builders. The Olympia Master Builders is an organization that is dedicated to upholding good standards of work, and is a trustworthy source while looking for companies to hire for various home projects.
- Hiring locally is an investment in your own customer experience
Often times locally owned companies are smaller businesses who rely on word of mouth from their customers to gain business. Because of this, employees are more likely to treat each customer with care and consideration. When a customer feels that they were treated with great professionalism, they are likely to recommend the company to a friend.
Local companies are often small companies. Because of this, there are typically fewer hoops to jump through when getting a service done, or a product purchased. With big box stores or companies, it can take weeks to get what you need.
Since local companies are smaller, it’s so much easier to talk to the same person more than once! This creates familiarity with you and your job, so that someone is always an expert on you. We at Hung Right Doors LOVE building relationships with our clients, and we look forward to hearing for and seeing the same people often.