Erratic or limited hours are a frequent complaint about small town businesses. But how can you convince small business owners to expand their hours?
My friend Charles French sent me this very neat tool: “while you were out” notes for businesses. Here’s how it works. Customers use them to let businesses know when and how often they would likely drop in, if only the businesses were open then.
I can see a really brave local chamber of commerce handing these out. Or a smart downtown business district. You have to be brave, because some businesses won’t want to hear from customers!
Thanks to Visualingual for the idea, and the photo I have borrowed here. You can also find a ready-to-use PDF of the cards at Visualingual’s post, “While You Were Out.”
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Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband have a small cattle ranch and are lifelong entrepreneurs. Becky is an international speaker on small business and rural topics.