How to Support Small Businesses Online Without Ever Really Trying

Some easy alternatives to big-name entertainment shopping.

A small shopping cart with bags in it sits on top of a laptop.
A small shopping cart with bags in it sits on top of a laptop.
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Libro.fm

Libro.fm is an audiobook listening service. It’s got many of the same titles as Audible (as well as some originals), a simple-to-use but totally optional subscription service (yes, you can have an account without paying for it), and competitive prices.

Bookshop.org

As a writer, there’s one thing I do more than anything else. That’s right: ignore my responsibilities and read. And if I can support my habit while helping small booksellers, I 100% will. Usually, that would mean going out to my local bookstore and buying from them, but because of…well, everything lately, I’ve had to find online alternatives.

Humble Bundle

This one isn’t small business specific, but it is a way to do good in the world. Humble Bundle is a fantastic way to support amazing causes while getting some seriously good content at a huge discount. Founded in 2010, Humble Bundle offers — as the name implies — bundles of software, games, books, and other digital content, put together with themes ranging from game development to manga to social change and more.

Supporting Small Businesses Through the Pandemic

Being the daughter of a small business owner, I will always support independent retailers when given the option because I know firsthand how difficult it is. I’ve seen the struggle to support yourself when customers are thin and large corporate automation threatens to take them all from you, and what the pandemic looks like behind the counter.

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Hello! I’m Cat, author and amateur fandom historian based out of Georgia. I write about literature, theater, gaming, and fandom. Personal work: catwebling.com.

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