Were you aware that 20% of Canadian startups fail within a year? 60% don’t make it to see three, let alone in a worldwide financial crisis… It goes without saying, local businesses need help from their townspeople more than ever, especially as this pandemic drags out. So what’s in it for you? Read on; there are more benefits than most consumers realize.
While big names and large chain companies tend to saturate the markets they’re part of, they don’t always offer the best value, nor do they offer the best service. These companies are able to push their names to such an extent due to advantageous marketing budgets, making it more likely for them to capitalize off folks who “buy into” their tactics. Don’t be one of the individuals that buy in; Instead, help give small local businesses a voice! Pay-it-forward and strengthen your community by hiring local small businesses for whatever your needs may be, as this is going to be your best bet for the many fruitful reasons below. Remember, all you have to do is Make A Request on GetAssist to be connected with LOCAL small-business professionals that truly and genuinely know how to best serve your needs!
Health of Local Economy
Thanks to data gathered by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), we know that 54% of grocery shoppers prefer buying locally sourced food because they want to support farmers and other producers in their area. The same holds true for homeowners opting for small, local contractors for house projects and beyond. Hiring from your local talent pool signals to your customers and clients that you’re a true citizen of your area, according to Forbes. In addition, your investment goes straight back to the community you reside in! It is vital for everyone to do their part in investing in their community’s economic growth and assist in enhancing the overall well-being of its laborers. Whether you need a handyman for a quick and easy project, or a small army of professionals for a larger project, your needs will be met and surpassed when you make a request on GetAssist to be connected with your choice of top local pros for the job.
Strong Relationships & Network
When you hire a local pro from a small business, you’re helping them build their clientele, thus benefiting both of you equally. While you have peace of mind from a job well done, they gain more exposure and another potentially long-term client. Sure, the project is still an expense, but it’s exceptionally worth it knowing you’re helping feed a family’s stability as they grow their beloved business. Most importantly, through these strong relationships, you know exactly who to contact if future issues arise! Perhaps you will depend on the great services of this individual for many years to come.
We’ve provided some simple tips that will help enhance your relationship with your preferred local professionals. If you’re happy with their services, be sure to:
- Leave them a great review
- Call them after the project to say just one more “thank you”
- Tell your friends! Word of mouth marketing is extremely valuable for small businesses in your community.
- Let them know you would be happy to provide a testimonial or have your project serve as a case study
Personal Touch of Community
When you reside in the same community as the individual you embark on a project with, you have a connection right out of the gate that will help foster trust throughout the project and beyond. At GetAssist, we believe that hiring nearby small businesses is the most logical, worthwhile route when scouting out professionals to tackle a job. By investing in local talent, the notion of a strong & thriving community remains at the forefront. Further, when you are part of the same community, you have a joint understanding of the local culture, initiatives, resources, hurdles, etc. Nothing feels better than comradery and a sense of comfort when you make a request to connect with the same team that remembers you and your project. In fact, “the personal touch is one of the best things that a local contractor can offer; the feeling that your project matters to them and that you as a customer matter to them,” according to National Home Improvement, Inc.
When it comes to the personal touch of community, we can’t forget to mention these two crucial areas of safety that are best instilled in knowledgeable locals:
- Local professionals are up-to-speed with building codes, permit requirements, zoning rules, etc. in your area.
- Local professionals are more familiar with the types of builds and structural integrity of homes and properties in the area.
Simpler to Choose Your Preferred Professional
Choosing your preferred professional for projects is easier when you eliminate large names and companies from the line-up from the get-go. Since they reside in the community they serve, local contractors are compelled to perform quality work that satisfies their customers and creates a good reputation in order for their business to survive and prosper. Whatever needs arise, be sure to support your local community and #MakeARequest to connect with top locals to execute your project flawlessly.
Emergency Service / Availability
How many times have you been given the run-around with inconvenient service time windows or flat-out unavailability after regular business hours? Life is full of surprises, and we certainly can’t anticipate the issues that occasionally arise at vexing times. When you #MakeARequest for services on GetAssist, you’re connected with multiple choices of professionals to tackle the job, so at least a few of them are bound to offer more flexible service hours! And/or, when you build rapport with the professionals that we help connect you with, they will be more likely to lend a helping hand at the drop of a hat.
It is our hope that you, too, see the immense value in investing in small businesses and local talent. Join all of us at GetAssist in our continued efforts to lift up the communities in which we reside and help them to not only function, but thrive! Whatever your needs, Make A Request and we’ll handle the rest.
Keeping up with lawn and garden care is quite a worthwhile task, especially considering plants and flowers are so beneficial to the environment. It’s truly a win-win; your property looks excellent while simultaneously contributing to good air quality. However, not everyone has a “green thumb,” nor does everyone understand the hard work that goes into maintaining a bountiful outdoor space. If the latter applies to you (or if you just need an extra hand this Spring), simply ‘Make A Request’ on GetAssist to be connected with your choice of top lawn care, gardening, and landscaping pros in your area. If you are willing to give it a try, here are some task to tackle to prepare your lawn and garden for Spring!
It’s time to start thinking about what you’d like to accomplish around your home this spring. We likely all have some general spring cleaning to get done, but is there anything that has been on your wishlist? Perhaps new flooring? If so, you’re in luck! You’re bound to find ideas and inspiration from this overview of spring 2019 flooring trends brought to you by GetAssist. Whatever your flooring needs, just Make a GetAssist Request to be connected with your choice of top-rated flooring professionals near you!
Happy New Year! Now that you’ve had a chance to relax and celebrate a bit, are you ready to dive back into productivity? January tends to be a month filled with newfangled goals as you embark on fulfilling your resolutions or simply adjusting old habits. As you reflect on the past year, can you think of some areas in your life that you could use assistance with? The answer is likely “yes”, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! We all need a helping hand sometimes. Likewise, we could all use more time to focus on the things that light our personal fires.