Effective Strategies E-Zine

Volume 3, Issue 4

Effective Strategies is devoted to sharing ideas that can improve your business performance. Last issue, we discussed the resources for getting advice and information to make your business successful. This issue, we look at business lessons to be learned by volunteering your time. If you missed the last issue,click here to read it. Feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone who can benefit from this information. To sign up to receive this e-zine, send an e-mail to carrie@soarhigher.com.

What I Learned about Business While Working for Free

Year-round, I invest time in my community in volunteer roles that I feel benefit others. One of these is my commitment to supporting the Creative Referral Network (aka the Rogers Friday Coffee) and the other local networking groups. However, I spend a good portion of the second quarter of my year in what I call my fund-raising season. The last three years, a time-intensive piece of that time is devoted to coordinating a motorcycle show and poker run called the Cancer Road Challenge. It is just one part of the Cancer Challenge (www.cancerchallenge.com), a three-day annual cancer fund-raiser in Northwest Arkansas. Other events include a massive golf tournament, tennis tournament, run, and trap shoot. This isnít any normal fund-raiser ó it raised over $750,000 this year.

You may ask, ďWhy would you sacrifice valuable time from your already packed schedule for this event? You donít even ride motorcycles!Ē Close to this June event each year, I even ask myself that question when Iím working late hours trying to make up all the time I spend on the event.

Here are the reasons that I do it and why I encourage you to do it, too.

This is part one of a two-part series on volunteering as a business strategy. In the next issue, I will discuss tips and tricks for creating a successful volunteer experience. There is a right way and a wrong way to do it, and Iíve done both. I will share ideas that will help you create a great community service experience.

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Closing Notes

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Carrie Perrien Smith
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