In our culture, super-sized business – from the big-box retail store to the behemoth financial institution – continues to thrive. However, the cries of “go local!” are growing louder in many sectors, whether you’re buying fresh produce, shopping for a loan, or seeking out an exterminator for your complex.
Some might wonder if it’s worth utilizing local, independent vendors – after all, sometimes it costs more upfront, and isn’t just to easier to go with what you know? I say yes, it’s absolutely worth it to patronize local vendors – for so many reasons.
I think you’ll find that you’re surprised at how beneficial it can be. Here are just a few of the ways it can help you and your business, and community:
- It’s Personal: When you “go local,” you’re very likely to establish relationships with vendors, and there’s a certain accountability inherent in those personal relationships. When you trust a person and support his/her livelihood, they appreciate it – and are likely to return the favor by providing personalized, top-notch service.
- Quicker Response Time: A big chain might not be able to service major appliances at your facility for two weeks, but you need the service in two days. Odds are, a local vendor will be able to get you an appointment on the books much more quickly.
- Easier Access, Communication: You can wait on hold for an hour for a customer service operator at a chain store call center. When you call a local business, you’ll probably be dealing with a lot less red tape – the person answering the phone may even be the company owner.
- More Benefit to Local Economy: When you support local businesses, more money stays and circulates in the local economy – that’s always a good thing, especially in the arena of real estate and commercial property management services.
Of course, choosing to work with an independent business doesn’t mean they get a free pass – you should still practice due diligence, making sure they’re established and reputable.
As local property managers in San Diego, we work with numerous reliable, hard-working local business owners. Check out some local vendors for your company, and see what they can do for you!