Small businesses sit at the heart of our local communities. Not only do they offer a unique and diverse range of products, but they also provide excellent customer service and attention to detail. So, the next time you need to buy a unique birthday present or memorable Christmas gift for your friends or family members, rather than running to your nearest shopping centre, consider shopping local and supporting a small business instead.
1. Supporting a small business is good for the economy
In Australia, small businesses account for 35% of Australia’s gross domestic profit and employ 44% of Australia’s workforce. When you shop local, you’re also supporting the local community, boosting the economy and keeping people in jobs. Small businesses also like to support each other and generally recommend their products or services to each other. You will also see small business owners within the local community at community events, donating to a cause or charity.
2. Unique and personal gifts
One of the best places to shop for unique gifts or experiences is from a small business. They breathe their heart and soul into their products and often their products showcase their individuality and personality. Rather than a high street gift or mass-market product, why not give your mum, husband, sister or friend a meaningful gift or lasting memory instead. This could be a custom-made piece of artwork or a fun painting experience that you can share together. Although this may cost more, you often get greater value for money with the one-to-one interactions, expert advice and the knowledge that your money goes straight back to the owner and into the local community.
DIY Painting Experience Kits are available to buy from $40 AUD (inc. P&P).
3. Eco-conscious options
Going green is at the heart of many small businesses who care about the world and environment around them, with a lot working towards being carbon neutral. Today, many small businesses like Enjoy And Paint focus on reduced packaging, using minimal or no plastic or buy local produce from local suppliers. At Enjoy and Paint, we adopt the reduce, recycle and reuse mantra in our paint materials and packaging to help reduce wastage whilst keeping products affordable. We chose Sendle to post products to you because they offer fully carbon neutral delivery services.
At Enjoy And Paint, we care about the environment and supporting local businesses wherever we can. We use eco friendly options with minimal packaging (no bling I am afraid!) and include items that can be reused.
4. Work with an artist
When you support a small business like Enjoy And Paint, you get to work with the artist and creator of the product rather than a chain of people. This adds a more personal touch with higher attention to detail and level of craftsmanship. They can work with you to create a product or experience tailored to your exact needs, whether that’s a unique painting party for a Hen Do or a custom-made portrait drawing for a wedding anniversary present.
5. Small businesses are innovative
To compete with larger businesses and changing levels of demand, smaller businesses need to constantly evolve and offer new, innovative products to attract their customers. This usually happens a lot faster compared to larger businesses, allowing smaller businesses to stay ahead of the competition and remain flexible with the current and future market trends. This gives you, the consumer more diversity and fresh styles or services before the mainstream markets catch on.
6. Small business owners care
When you work or shop from a small business, you know who you’re buying from. Small business owners treasure their customer relationships and rely on excellent customer service and word of mouth to spread the good word about their company. Because of this, you will receive a more personal, caring service and likely deal with the owner. They take great pride in their products and work and no request is ever too big – in fact, often they will go that extra mile to ensure that everything is just right. To them, you are not just a number and no matter how big or small a purchase you make, each order is truly appreciated.
Unique Gifts & Experiences from Enjoy And Paint
Did you know Enjoy And Paint provides a great selection of gift options that are special and personal? Shop our Custom-Made Digital Drawings for a memorable gift or treat yourself to some much-needed self-care at home with our DIY Painting Kits, to enjoy solo or as a group.
Alternatively, if you are organising a Hen Party or looking for a unique birthday idea, then you should consider our intimate Sydney Painting Parties. Ideal for any celebration, choose from our range of paintings at any of our venues in Surry Hills, The Rocks and Paddington. Alternatively, let us know if you have a venue in mind and we can come to you.
With special thanks to the talented Fiona Bennett at FB Copywriting for putting my ramblings into this inspiring and informative blog post!