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Join Date: Jun 2010
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| | Re: Doing things for charity?
Originally Posted by gen Y advantage
Though I think more lately, it's starting to hit home - that everyone needs to eat and pay their bills.. I love contributing to the community, but also my business is suffering because I spend most of my time doing this - is there a way that you could make it a win-win?
As Wendy said, you're getting nothing for it. So while it may be a win-win in many ways, unless you shamelessly market your charity work, it will never be a financial winner for you. You just have to work within those parameters.
I have one organisation I treat as one of my tier 1 clients, even though they never pay a cent. They do however pay all travel expenses and incurred costs. They get scheduled when work is required, and other jobs don't take priority. I do it because I personally believe in their mission, and they appreciate the assistance I give them. They see me as a partner, rather than someone who can give them something for free.
I know that the work I do could be so beneficial to a lot of organisations who can't afford my services, but by helping them all, I will end up in a position not able to help anyone.