Support your local business: Buy part for yourself

If you have a favorite book store, restaurant or other small business that you go to but the business is failing, here's an idea to keep it going: Buy a share of it.

More entrepreneurs are turning to their communities for support, and in return for an influx of cash the small businesses are giving credit toward services, among other benefits, according to a CNNMoney.com story. For example, one restaurant owner was giving patrons $600 in credit toward meals at the restaurant for every $500 they gave him.

While it might feel good to support a favored local business, don't expect to get rich, let alone see a return on your investment.