Shop Small: 5 Local Businesses You Need During the Holidays

When people think about Small Business Saturday and shopping small, they often only think of traditional retailers or local eateries. However, there are plenty of opportunities for local businesses that may not sell holiday gifts to get involved in the shop small mentality.

Here are five local businesses everybody needs during the holidays:

1. The Doctor or Emergency Room

The holidays are a wonderful time filled with family, friends, and food, but unfortunately, the holidays can also be filled with germs, kitchen accidents, and illnesses. The fact of the matter is that most families will visit the doctor at least once during the holiday season for various reasons.

2. Landscaping Businesses

The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year, so many homeowners opt to hire landscapers to help them with their yards, and even with hanging Christmas lights. The winter season can be slower for many landscapers and yard care companies, so if you need help with lawn maintenance, winter plant protection, or holiday light stringing, consider calling your local landscaper.

3. Plumbers

No one wants a plumbing emergency, but it’s especially catastrophic during the holidays when family visitors and overuse may contribute to problems. As a homeowner, you’ll also want to find a good, local plumber before any problems happen in your home.

4. A/C & Heating Repair

Another potential home emergency that can happen during the holidays is your power or heat going out. No one wants to be freezing in their home during the holidays, so finding a good A/C and heating repair company before disaster strikes is important.

5. Car Maintenance

Winter can be tough on cars – from snow to just the cold weather in general – so car maintenance is often needed. A great local repair shop can help you keep your car in tip-top shape, and it’s always a good idea to get your regular preventative maintenance, like oil changes and tire rotations, done during the holidays when there may be specials.

For These Businesses During the Holidays

Even if your business isn’t a traditional retailer, you can get involved with the shop small movement by advertising your holiday specials through your PPC campaigns or Facebook ads, sharing holidays tips on your social media pages, and regularly updating your website to reflect any specials you’re offering.

Find businesses near you participating in Small Business Saturday on the American Express website, and let us know your shop small plans in the comments!