“You make a living by what you get. You make a life with what you give.”
When you are just starting out, running a business can take up every ounce of energy and last penny you have. Giving back to the community by volunteering your time or giving funds to a favourite charity may seem like a luxury and something you would rather postpone to another time when you have more time and money. However, we recommend you give the idea of finding time to give back to your community consideration. Here are just some of the reasons why:
- Volunteering can actually be a stress reliever for you. Focusing on something other than your own business for a while can give you a much needed break. You’ll return to work feeling good about what you’ve achieved with greater resolve to succeed.
- By volunteering your time to community projects, you’re bound to develop new relationships with people you wouldn’t normally meet. These people may provide a completely different perspective on your business than those you meet with regularly.
- You improve your own reputation as being “community minded” and open up opportunities for promoting your business.
- You may learn new skills that will help you grow your business.
- You may find new ways of promoting your business.
- You will feel good knowing you’ve helped others.
There are many ways you and your business can donate time to others. Here are a few to get your creative juices flowing.
- Volunteer to coach or support a local sports team.
- Help out a non-profit organization with your area of expertise, i.e. web design, construction, coaching, accounting, translation, etc.
- Volunteer at special events.
There are so many opportunities and there really is “something for everybody.” Explore these websites and organizations for opportunities to get involved in your community.
- Volunteering in Halton
- Charity Village
- Volunteer Halton
- Local groups such as Kiwanis, Lions & your local Rotary Club may be a good fit
- Church groups and religious organizations
You may also consider giving financially to organizations in your community or abroad. Or donate products to silent auctions. Visit the Canada Revenue Agency website for information on registered charities. When you make a charitable donation to a Canadian registered charity or other qualified organization, you may be entitled to a charitable donation tax credit to lower your income tax.
However you choose to give back to the community, your business will benefit because when you help others, you always win.
“Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.” Barbara Bush
Do you know of a worthy cause? How do you give back to the community? Share your experience. At the end of the month we’ll submit all entries into a draw for a chance to win a voucher for one of our upcoming seminars (value $25).