Volunteering can do huge difference for the world. The benefits of somebody’s altruism are not limited only to recipients – nonprofit causes. The positive results are being expressed also to people who DO GOOD. Entrepreneurs who volunteer may receive benefits which can build up their brand awareness, business success and, of course, personal satisfaction.
Well, not every volunteerig work is the “right one” once you realize the pain in the ass generated by lack of information, tools and so on. But, volunteeering can provide us also many enjoyable opportunities. Entrepreneurs can look for an opportunities in a field in which they are experts – they can use their expertise to deliver expensive values. They can improve their skills and lastly, they can get inspired for their businesses how to improve their own performance and outputs. For example they can try to find a nonprofit cause which needs especially what entrepreneur offers. What an easy volunteering – consultations, website development, advocacy and much more. Do you love to use your daily skills to make something meaningful? It is so wonderful to take a rest and work on something what will make somebody smile.
Doing good for others makes people feel good about themselves. If you are entrepreneur, it can create the same feel for your business. Ok, volunteerism is a relax from your ego and your persona, but what if you want to do good all the time? Everybody have to pay the bills. Fortunately, there is a business model called social entrepreneurship. Volunteering can bring soul and portion of attractivity to your business offerings, as a part of your own social responsibility program will make you and also your prospects superexcited about your business – as like as your current customers who care about added value of your product/service. There is no longer excuse to compete only with prices. Be proud of your business and your clients will be proud of your services or whatever you offer.
Time is the most expensive thing of your life
Many entrepreneurs do not have a lot of free time. They are busy with their To-Do’s, client meetings, product development, bookkeeping and blah,blah,blah. I do know it. But even if they have only 10 minutes a day, they can do good thanks to microvolunteering. Even with 5 minutes of spare time they can generate reasonable results. It is far better to spend this time by helping somebody than going to smoke a cigarette.
Benefits for current and future career
Entrepreneurs in very competetive arena can use the competetive edge of added value and partnership. You have to realize that even if the nonprofit you are volunteering for does not have enough funds or interest to purchase your commercial services, people behind, the board members, are frequently people who do have businesses and interest in your sales.
Then, you are the first person to go for them!
Volunteering can bring you much more sales than you can even imagine, all what you need is to give something back or forward – without the motivation of profit, but for your enjoyment, for benefit of cause and for better world. Then the reward will come. For example, a freelancer who will create a logo for nonprofit can get an order from board members for their own businesses. Small business can provide a service and then can generate much more sales to community members than without doing some good. Someone who wishes to do good but also to thrive can connect doing good with good margins after that. Volunteering helps you to show your skills and build up your portfolio as another benefit for you and your brand.
Potential clients can be very impressed about what are you doing, especially if they feel passionate about causes you already support. This way you can much more likely attract tough business(wo)men to close a deal with you even if they have very competetive quotes from your competitors.
Provide GOOD values and harvest GOOD margins
Volunteer projects always provide benefits to all participators. For our purpose, volunteering is a great way how to attract more customers and make then willing to pay for your services. It is not selfish calculation, it is a must in a world where “everybody needs to pay the mortgage”. It is a great way how to find balance between profit of you and profit of others. If you want to get something, you should give something at first. With enough passion and good choice of your partners, the circle of doing good and making money will never end. The more good for others, the more cash for you.
Do your best, bring something positive to causes in need and you will get rewarded. The law of attraction works desperately and reliably. Volunteering is the way how to prosper.
How to start?
Think twice what you can provide in decent time, take the commitment and offer your skills on your site as a volunteer. Share your offer to social networks like reddit or twitter. You can also create a youtube video to promote your offer.