Last week, I wrote about involving your staff, partners and employees in the entire volunteering cycle, from getting their feedback at the initiation to providing them with results after the event or program. So naturally, this week, we will be taking a look at the other part of the equation. You.
We all know and understand the struggles of running a small business. Trying to juggle staff, clients, finances and marketing along with your personal life can be daunting to say the least. And oftentimes, you just don’t know if you have the time or patience for it all.
As the person running the show, it is key that you understand what volunteering can do for you, not as a business owner, but as an individual. What you may find is that volunteering becomes the set of scales you desperately needed to find that delicate balance between your work and your personal life.
First and foremost, volunteering can often double as a form of relaxation. Being able to move around outside and take your mind off work for even just a day every month can do wonders to clear your mind and help you re-focus your thoughts. Volunteering can serve as an outlet to relax, both mentally and physically.
Secondly, volunteering can also serve to hone some of those skills so necessary for entrepreneurship, such as networking, communication, agility, prioritisation and adaptability. These are probably skills that you put to use on a day-to-day basis, but being able to practice and develop these skills in a completely new environment allows you to stretch and experiment with them even further.
Lastly, it can serve as an immediate sense of achievement. As a small business owner, you should understand the importance of celebrating quick wins. Being able to go out and do something for a day, immediately understand the impact it is having can be a hugely empowering, especially if you are currently feeling like you aren’t making much headway.
These are just some of the reasons I found for volunteering. What are some of your own experiences? Touch base in the comments below!