A business be it online or offline, cannot find success without community support. Thus it is a must to give back to the community that supports you from time to time. By giving back, startups and entrepreneurs with new ventures can build a good reputation. Also, it will allow the community to work with the business and help it grow more.
Even if your business hasn’t matured yet, you can still find multiple ways to give back to the local communities the good they deserve.
In this blog, we will discuss multiple ways your online business in Malaysia can give back to the local communities and supporters even with a low budget.
Why It Is Important to Give Back to Local Communities?
People love to work for businesses and support if they share the same values. They would like to commit to businesses that take initiative to positively impact their communities.
The ‘good’ can come to businesses in many ways be it investments, enlarged customer base, loyal purchasers, etc.
There are several ways an online business can support local communities such as doing charities, employment opportunities, organizing awareness drives, and so on.
- Connecting with communities is key to long-term success.
- You can create strong personal connections with them and other local businesses.
- You can expect communities to support you during economic downfalls.
Ready to give back to your community? Explore multiple ways in which you can do it.
4 Ways You Can Give Back to Communities with Low Budget
If you are looking for ways to contribute to your local community, you can do so even with a small budget.
Partner up with local online business
If you are an online service business or selling products, partner with local businesses. It will help you create strong bonds with them and get their support to grow your business.
For instance, if you are a multi-service business offering taxi ride bookings, video consultations with professionals, food delivery, etc., encourage local businesses to use your platform. Say, you Launch Gojek Clone App in 3 different cities.
Now, by encouraging local businesses like pharmacies, grocery stores, handymen, etc., to join your platform, you can help them to:
- Grow their business
- Positively impact the economy
- Get more customers
Thus, you will be giving back to the community and making a difference in their lives.
Offer special discounts to community members
By offering special discounts to community members that deserve your gratitude, you can appreciate them.
For instance, with an app like Gojek, you can provide community heroes like doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, teachers, housemaids, etc. a much-deserved appreciation.
Here’s what you can do to extend your gratefulness to these community heroes:
- Offer discounts on birthdays or anniversaries
- Celebrate special occasions dedicated to them like Doctor’s Day, Dentist’s Day, etc.
The planet needs people to adopt greener practices. And, people love to buy products and services from businesses that take greener initiatives.
For instance, you can offer lower commission rates than standard to every taxi or moto driver registered on the app who drives electric vehicles to get their job done.
This way you can attract more drivers to go green with driving EVs and also help you build a brand that’s ‘eco-friendly’.
Besides, you can also launch a policy where every restaurant, grocery store, or pharmacy uses paper bags (with your name and logo on them) to deliver items to customers.
Raise money for charity
Since you have just started your business, it will be difficult for you to set aside money for charity. So, why not start raising it using your mobile app?
Let’s again go with the example of Gojek Clone.
As you are offering multiple services, tie up with different NGOs based on different niches that provide food to the underprivileged, contribute to solving global warming issues, etc.
- You ask people to donate an additional $2 with their order so that it helps to feed the underprivileged.
- Ask riders to donate $1 with every ride which would go directly to local NGOs fighting global warming.
As an online business owner, there are plenty of things you have to do, and giving back to the community and supporters is one of them.
Hopefully, these ideas will help you to give back ‘good’ to the community without costing a fortune. It means that even with a small budget you can still do good.
Remember, by giving more, you are growing your business.
So, take the right step today!