Entrepreneurship, or the idea of owning your own company and being your own boss, sounds glamorous but in reality, it’s a grind: 33% of small business owners work over 50 hours a week, and 25% work over 60 hours a week. With the extra hours and the added pressure of responsibility for all who work for them, why should any entrepreneur take on a volunteer position? Here are five reasons:
- It strengthens community ties: Potential clients see you fundraising, whether you run a charity 5K or chair a pet shelter’s dog wash. Local media post photos and write stories, and the charities post event blogs. Consistent volunteering earns you recognition.
- It opens up the possibility of branding the business with the cause: Raise your socially responsible standing in the business world by partnering your business and your cause. Offer to feature the charity’s logo on your opening page, with a brief description and donation request on your “About” page. Ask the charity to reciprocate with a sponsor ad featuring your company on their website.
- Potential employees want to work at socially responsible companies: A recent survey indicates three-fourths of millennials asked would accept a pay cut to work at a company with a social responsibility values policy. Your volunteerism attracts higher quality job seekers, and as employees, they are more likely to join you in your efforts.
- Volunteerism eases work stress and creates social diversions: You don’t know who you will meet in a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter or an after-school reading program. Your fellow volunteer could be your next big client, a major investor or the love of your life.
- Technology makes it easy: Whether you’re a one-person shop or a multi-location business, Process Donation’s fundraising platform assists in all aspects of giving to your cause. From branding your cause and your business as partners to emailing and interfacing with donors, tracking donations, setting up special events and mobile fundraising, our software is your behind-the-scenes business staff. As an entrepreneur, you’re a business leader in the community, and Process Donation provides your opportunity to stand out as a volunteer, too.