I have to rant here for just a second…
Owning a small business is no easy feat. A lot of people never fully understand what it takes to own a small business. What goes into it. All the “behind the scenes” stuff. No one ever takes that stuff into account. They take everything at face value.
Maybe it’s just the town my business is in (or maybe its not?), but I see time and time again people bitch and moan about how “such n such” business closed. Or about how “it’s not like it used to be”. I really could go on and on about what is said.
The fact of the matter is that in all actuality, people don’t care. People never care about anything until its taken away from them or it’s just gone.
In order for businesses to survive, one must frequent it. It’s not rocket science. You go to a business, spend money and in turn, that business can then pay bills, pay employees etc. It’s a (vicious) circle.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you DON’T frequent a business, they don’t make any money, thus they CAN’T pay bills and they CAN’T pay employees etc.
Once again, this is not rocket science.
Ever since I “officially” stated my business is shutting down and the space is being taken over by another business, all i’ve heard is “aww. that’s too bad.” or “i’m going to miss this”. or “now where am i going to get my (insert product here). All from individuals who frequent my business about ONCE A MONTH, if that.
This closure has nothing to do with me (well, a small part of it does). It has to do with the public. Like i stated before, if you don’t frequent and spend money on small business, that business will go OUT of business. Simple as that. You have no one to blame but yourself, people.
Part of me would really like to say what REALLY is on my mind, but thats unprofessional and unnecessary.
So, to sum things up: if you don’t want to see a small, locally owned business go OUT of business, SUPPORT IT! Spend money there. Frequent it more then you currently are. STOP going to BIG business.