5 Ways to Support Your Friends’ Work for Free (or Cheap) for the Holidays
It’s 2019 and we have the internet — you probably have a friend or seventeen who sell their wares or work online as a home business. I have friends who sew, make vinyl decals, deliver babies, write, create jewelry, perform, coach, farm, and consult. I support these friends with purchases — but also by sharing about them when others are in need of their products or services.
- Share Their Posts: While you’re scrolling your social media, take a moment to react, comment, and share social media posts to help your friend’s business get more reach. (PS. All of my Medium stories go out on Twitter).
- Talk About Them: If you’re in a conversation that’s relevant and you can organically mention a friend’s business or work, bring it up! A conversation about leaving out cookies for Santa can easily lead to “I have a friend who makes custom Santa plates for Christmas, do you want her information?” without being invasive or demanding. You’re sharing a resource and they can ask for more information or decline.
- Make a Post: Make a social media post about how much you love the work of your friends. Share their links for people to follow them. People can take it if it’s relevant and keep scrolling if it’s not — but for the person who has been wondering where they can get a custom made dress for a holiday party, you might be the way the stars are aligning for them to discover that you know just the person for the job.
- Request Their Book at the Library: If your friend is an author, you can support their book (and read it too) without spending a dime. Ask for your local library to order it for their shelves and you’ll help get their work in front of your local community for free!
- Buy Their Stuff: I know I said free, but if you can afford to, support your friends’ businesses! You can buy for yourself or buy as a gift — be sure to include your buddy’s business card with the gift and write a personal note about how much you love the artist.
In the next month, I’ll be:
- Ordering a custom dress from a sewist friend
- Going to a burlesque show produced by a performer friend
- Talking up the budget services of a consultant friend
- Ordering most of my holiday gifts from crafter friends
- Providing autographed copies of my book for people who are excited to have an author friend
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to share someone’s business post to help spread the word about their work this week. Get ahead of the commercial craze for mass produced presents and recommend the passionate work of your friends.