Since the rapid outbreak of COVID-19, life for many of us has changed intensely. During a time like this, it’s important that we stick together. We’ve compiled a list of ways to support small businesses and a few resources for those who are struggling as a result of these difficult times. Remember, we’re in this together.
Donate to a fundraiser that supports small businesses
Small businesses and freelancers have taken a major hit due to COVID-19. Being that a great deal of jobs lie in the service industry, a lot of them have closed or are being forced to downsize tremendously. Freelancers and sole-proprietors have been left completely jobless due to the nature of their roles. Companies are tightening budgets and outsourced freelancers have been one of the first things to go. Show your support by donating a few dollars to someone who is self-employed through this GoFundMe.
As a brand, Verb is rooted in the salon so it’s only natural for us to want to help those behind the chair. In response to all the salons and small businesses that have been shut down, we’ll be selling our T-Shirt with a Cause. All proceeds of this t-shirt will be donated to the Professional Beauty Association to aid those who are currently unemployed due to COVID-19. With options ranging between $25 and $50, feel free to pay whatever you feel comfortable with. We’ll deduct $9.49 from it and send the rest to PBA.
Buy merch from indie restaurants
Self-distancing and quarantining has caused a lot of restaurants to close. To help combat that, food writer Helen Rosner, created an ongoing round-up of t-shirt, caps and other merch you can purchase directly from various indie restaurants to help bring them business. Check out the highlights on her Instagram page to take your pick.
Be the change you want to see
Help doesn’t always have to be monetary. Show your support by backing others and help change the system. Since the rapid outbreak, resources have been scarce and unfortunately have left a lot of people uncertain about their health and overall livelihood. Below is a list of running petitions to help various groups. As always, we urge you to do your own research to make sure you’re impacting the cause that makes sense for you.
Resources for those in need
Apply to become a Verb Friend
We've opened up our affiliate program, Verb Friends to hairstylists. As a Verb Friend, stylists will receive a commission for every single purchase someone makes using their link. All it takes is answering a few questions, your salon name, cosmetology license and distributor before we can approve your account. You'll be making coins in no time with your own personal Verb link. In these times of uncertainty, it's an easy way to earn some extra cash.
Still Hiring posts job listings for companies that are currently hiring during this global crisis.
Apply for an Access HRA account
Access HRA is a resource for low-income NYC residents or those who have suddenly become unemployed. Benefits can include MTA fare reduction, food stamps, health insurance and possible emergency cash.
Free internet service for students
Spectrum is offering free internet service to students. Call 1-844-488-8398 to inquire.
Know of more ways to help? Make this a team effort and DM us on Instagram @verbproducts and let us know.