As a consumer, you have an endless amount of choice when it comes to where to buy your products, for both personal use and business purposes. With so many options, it can be tempting to look for the most affordable option, which often comes from overseas.
However, buying from local businesses is better not just for you, but also for your community and even the environment. In this post, we’ll share several benefits of keeping your purchases local and discuss why it’s more important now than ever before.
It’s an investment in your community
When you buy from local businesses, you’re making an investment in your community. Not only are you spending your money with small business owners in your area, but you’re also supporting the future wellbeing of your community.
Studies have shown that small businesses put much more of their profits back into their local economy than national and international chains. In fact, local companies recirculate about 52% of their revenue back into their community, whereas larger, domestic chains only contribute 14%.
In addition to the benefits for businesses, buying locally also helps keep your family, friends, and neighbours in jobs. In Australia, approximately 5 million people work for small businesses, accounting for nearly half of the people employed in most industries of the private sector.
You benefit from local customer support
When you’re buying products, whether for yourself or for your business, you want to be sure that they work as intended. If they don’t, then getting customer support should be quick and easy. Unfortunately, buying from large chains or international companies means that it’s often difficult to access live customer support.
With local businesses, however, it’s easier to get in touch with someone who is willing and able to help with your questions or concerns. Many times, you will even have a dedicated support representative to call or email if things go wrong. When it comes to local supply, you also have the added bonus of custom design solutions.
It’s better for the environment
Bigger corporations frequently outsource all or most of their manufacturing to other countries, which not only hurts jobs but also negatively impacts the environment. After they’re built, their products often have to be shipped in from many thousands of kilometres away, putting a strain on natural resources.
On the other hand, many local businesses manufacture at least some of their goods within the country. Not only does this boost local jobs, but it also means that the distribution of locally made products is more environmentally friendly.
As the globe grows more and more connected, it’s never been more important to support the shops and companies in your neighbourhood. If you’re in search of a local business to handle the weighing and calibration of your instruments, consider National Weighing & Instruments.
National Weighing & Instruments is a family-owned Australian business specialising in the sale, repair and calibration of measuring equipment. We have offices in major cities across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, offering high-quality products and customer service to our clients around the country.
Learn more about how National Weighing & Instruments can help you by calling us today on 1300 669 162 or visiting our website.