Giving back by donating your time and expertise to your community has many benefits. Not only can volunteering as a small business owner help out your community, it can also help your business grow and further your own personal development. Below are four ways that volunteering can help boost you and your small business.
It can top up your skill set
As a small business owner you are always thinking about your bottom line. So you don’t often get the chance to make alternative decisions as there is always the potential that it negatively impact on your business.
Volunteering gives you a chance to try out something new and pick up new skills in the process. There’s more room to experiment then you would normally have running a business where profit is the main driver.
You can make new contacts
Sometimes it can be challenging connecting with your peers. Networks can be insular and getting past gatekeepers can be tricky. However volunteering within your industry or a related industry can be a great way to connect with peers you otherwise wouldn’t get the chance to meet.
It can help with employer morale
Helping others can spread real good feel factor across your business. By allowing all employees the chance to volunteer, there’s a greater chance of building a solid team that enjoys turning up for work.
It can raise your profile in the community
When you give back to your community, they can give back to you by supporting your business. Making money won’t be your main aim when you set out to volunteer but you could see some trickle through as a result of your endeavours.
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