Here it comes: the holiday shopping season…whether you are ready or not.
For me, it’s almost appalling that it’s already Thanksgiving. Where did the summer go? I was busy with new job, new fiance, new-old hometown, new schedules and new worlds. But here we are, less than six weeks away from Christmas.
For the first time in nine years, I’m not working either in retail or hospitality. But a lot of people are. In this economy, many are under-employed. Many are working 50+ hours/week in the next two weeks. On their feet. If you’ve done it, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, please remember the following:
These people are working, so that we can be shopping – please don’t forget that. Take a moment and say thank you, acknowledge their hard work. Many are overworked and underpaid and pushed to the edge of exhaustion for the next six weeks.
When you go to Walmart at 8 pm on Thanksgiving Day Eve, just remember that they are there and not with their families. So maybe consider doing something different this year. Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday (November 24th)is the perfect antidote to the hectic holidays. And it’s not just small businesses in your area. Don’t forget about the wonderful Etsy sellers, the artists and the writers online. Your purchase to them means everything. A few eye-opening facts:
* Small businesses are 99.7% of all employers.
* Small businesses employ roughly 50% of all private sector workers
* Small businesses create 75% of the net new jobs in our economy.
You can go here to find local businesses to support in your area:
So shop small and local! Show your support – shop Small Business Saturday. It’s our day.
I have created a list of some of my favorite authors, writers, artists and small businesses online. Please consider patronizing them this holiday season!
A.E. Howard (Flight of Blue) – http://amzn.to/TaOqPx
Becca J. Campbell (Foreign Identity) – http://amzn.to/TaM3wa
Cameron Lawton (Witch, Nun, Shaman’s Drum & Yours to Command) – http://amzn.to/TaPlQ3
Cara Michaels (Gaia’s Chosen Series) – http://amzn.to/TaOPBs
Diane J. Reed (TWIXT) – http://amzn.to/TaLTEN
Dionne Lister (Shadows of the Realm) – http://amzn.to/TaMkPI
Elise Stokes (Cassidy Jones Adventures series) – http://amzn.to/TaLLFi
Gary Henry (American Goddesses) – http://amzn.to/OTYlqK
James W. Hazzard (Dead Sea Games) – http://amzn.to/WmChuI
Jessica Grey (Awake & Views From the Tower) – http://amzn.to/TaLFO0
Justin Bogdanovitch (Sandcastles & Other Stories) – http://bit.ly/SANDCASTLE
Laura Benedict (Devil’s Oven & Isabella Moon & others) – http://amzn.to/TaLmCN
Sophie Moss (The Selkie Spell & The Selkie Enchantress) – http://t.co/pjp9OBlJ
Tristan J. Tarwater (Valley of Ten Crescents Series) – http://amzn.to/TaLjHp
Angie Richmond (artwork) – http://www.etsy.com/shop/angierichmond
Cindi Cusick (pottery) – http://etsy.me/TaNGtx
Rachel Stanley (jewelry) – http://tocatchahummingbird.etsy.com
Tracy McCusker (book cover design) – http://bit.ly/TaPtyS
Anna Meade (Annasongs) – http://www.fiverr.com/ruanna3
Paul Ramey (Veil & Subdue) – http://www.veilandsubdue.com
Anna Meade (Super Secret Spy Girl) – http://www.zazzle.com/supersecretspygirl*
This is not an exhaustive list, by any means.
For the first time ever, I am inviting you to include a link in the comments to the post. If I forgot to include you, my apologies (it’s almost 1 am!).
Please include your name, your talent (writing, art, music, small business, Etsy, Fiverr) and a link where people can shop for your work this holiday season.