Buy a voucher from your local café
While you may not be able to pop down to your favourite coffee or lunch spots while working from home, you can make sure they have money coming in by purchasing a voucher to use in the future. Visit their websites or social media channels to check if they are already offering a similar scheme. If not, perhaps drop them an email to suggest it and let them know you’d love to help support them. It will be sure to brighten their inbox.
Sign up to a video yoga class to support your teacher
With gyms and fitness venues closing across the country, many independent studios have turned to technology to help deliver your daily dose of zen. Signing up to a paid video class will help protect your teacher from unemployment, as well as contributing to any studio rent that will of course have to be paid. It also means that you can participate in classes from anywhere in the world – I’ve loved being (virtually) back in my favourite Milanese studio BaliYoga!
Share the work of your favourite freelancers
With bigger businesses making cuts, and freelancers facing some uncertainty as to any sick pay they receive, there has never been a better time to support those who are self-employed. Many of us surround ourselves with the work of independent artists every day, from the music we listen to on Spotify to the beautiful graphics we admire on Instagram. Use social media to share some of the creations of the self-employed workers you are loving at the moment – you'll help them spread the word about their services and hopefully find future clients too.