We don’t have to be wealthy to change the economy of our neighborhood. A business degree isn’t necessary to lower the unemployment rate. If we have money in our pocket and buy things, we are job creators. That 1% at the top would like for us to believe that they are the job creators in this country and that to enable them to open up more jobs, they need more tax cuts and benefits. But think about it, even if they choose to expand and hire more workers instead of lining their pockets, it is not sustainable unless enough of us are purchasing those products. You can read more about this here. We hold incredible power in our hands.
Even if our budget is limited to the basic necessities of life, we can choose who we help create jobs for by choosing where we spend our money.
We can frequent your farmers market to ensure local farmers and bakers stay in business.
We can choose to eat at the taco truck or local diner to ensure that families in our home town can keep paying their bills.
We can meet our friends at a coffee shop run by a mom and pop nearby instead of lining the pockets of some CEO at the head of a large chain.
Hire the electrician who is just starting his own business.
Somebody’s got to cut our hair every now and then. Why not make sure it’s a local business owner?
Buy our bicycle directly from someone who actually cares about your neighborhood.
Order coffee beans from someone who knows the farmer who grew them.
Buy gifts from the quaint little shop in town where the owner loves to tell you stories of the people who crafted them.
We must stop waiting for someone at the top to make this country great, improve our neighborhood, make our lives better. It starts with us.
Let’s be thoughtful…be purposeful…spend with intent…love our neighborhood well.
Photo courtesy of Adrienne Gerber Photography.