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Business Through Volunteer Work
Volunteer work can jumpstart
your home business. Build your portfolio, get noticed, and have
by Lisa M. Roberts
Volunteer work can jumpstart a home business
by offering immediate focus, tangible results and the opportunity
to showcase the quality and repertoire of your services to the
Volunteering is often a back
door pass to front row seats at business attractions. With a
little work at first behind the scenes, you will move further
and further ahead to the front-line action. There in the front-line:
- Your picture is taken...
- Your name is made...
- Your business starts growing...
Not only will your vocational
skills develop, but equally important so will your interpersonal
skills. The right organization will offer business contacts in
a pleasant, pressure-free context, helping you develop your style
and rapport as an independent contractor.
For the busy parent, however,
working for non-financial gain can feel indulgent. The pull to
spend whatever spare time you have with your children and spouse
is so strong that it's hard to believe there'd be room at this
point in your life for auxiliary activities. And your instincts
are right, there's not! But what you can do is choose
volunteer efforts that bring it all together:
- Your business.
- Your values.
- Your family.
Many organizations are accustomed
to and even dependent on the volunteer efforts of stay-at-home
parents and have babysitting programs already in place. Spend
a few hours at your local library and come up with a list of
community services that have age-appropriate programs for your
children. Then call a family meeting and decide together
which organization you would all like to become involved in.
Use volunteering as a medium
to adjoin your business and family life. Your children will see
you in a new light and grow themselves in community awareness.
As long as you keep your time and your contribution in perspective,
your family will snuggle in the charitable arm of your home business.
- © 1997 Lisa M. Roberts, all rights reserved. The above article
is an excerpt from How
to Raise A Family & A Career Under One Roof: A Parent's Guide
to Home Business, a title highly recommended by La Leche
League, Home Office Computing and the Family Christian
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