Volunteering and networking

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If you’re a business owner or someone trying to find a job, networking is vital to your success. What better way to network than through volunteering? Don’t know what you want to do or where to find volunteer opportunities? Here are a few simple steps to guide your quest:

  1. What hobbies do you enjoy? What are you passionate about? Are you a crafty person? Perhaps you’re good with words or have a way with animals. Make a list of your interests/talents/skills.
  2. Match those interests and skills with an organization that requires volunteers.
  3. Contact that organization and ask if you can volunteer with them.

As you begin volunteering, you’ll meet people with similar values to you. You’ll likely have the opportunity to participate in a fundraising event for the particular organization you’re volunteering with. Typically, fundraising events are advertised through local and social media.

This exposure can provide your business the chance to be associated with ‘doing good’, which gives potential clients and customers a positive view of you and your business. This positive view can lead to sales/referrals. If you’re seeking employment, consider all the potential employers you could meet!

Do you currently volunteer? Have you found it helpful in growing your business? Perhaps you’ve secured employment through volunteering. Share your story!

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