Updated: December 17, 2020
Becoming an entrepreneur is still out of the norm set in the academe. Most do still teach you to become employed immediately after going through the university.
But, more and more people are joining the business bandwagon. And if you’re one of them, then we’re sure you’re now busy with building your brand, getting new clients, and connecting to the right network. So that ultimately, you can succeed in your business.
There are tons of institutions, startup programs, and self-help guides out there to help you with the things that you should do, and the pitfalls to avoid. Making your way is definitely not easy. It takes a relentless and agile spirit to even start one, much more to succeed in business.
But despite all the things that make you busy, you should also think about doing time to give back to society. It’s not a perfect world out there. Just look at that traffic causing you loss in productive business time, right?
But perhaps, it also needs you in some way or another. What role have you played to actually contribute to the betterment of your everyday workplace or residing community? So let’s give this a try — here are some examples of how we can actually give something back to society:
Join a charity event.
Run or join a triathlon, or just participate in events whose proceeds go to a worthy cause. It can be your college organization raising funds for a scholar in your alma mater, or perhaps a professional organization doing their part to help and promote local livelihood businesses.
Do something good for the environment.
The world is always a better place if you do your part in conserving energy, minimizing waste, and helping others to do the same. If you want to do something unique, then maybe go back to the beach you frequent and organize a clean-up project. That’s a good way to do something different during your vacation.
Be a mentor or a business coach.
Help other entrepreneurs succeed by offering guidance to new ones about the lessons you’ve learned so far. You can even initiate joint ventures. In our company, we try to collaborate with co-entrepreneurs and join tax orientation sessions. We know that most business owners are not well-versed about taxation, that’s why we’d like to help them.
Teach your passion.
Ever tried sharing your talents with others so they can make a living out of it? Baking, calligraphy, dancing, sewing; or even a notch higher like, graphics design and photography or event organizing are some of the things you might be able to teach. It may just be a hobby for you, but it can be a source of income for other people once they learn it.
Volunteer in colleges or universities
You can be a panelist in the students’ business feasibility studies. It would also help the professors obtain a different angle on the viability of the student’s project.
At the same time, it gives you leverage as to what ideas are being brought to life out there. Just make sure that you back yourself up with real-life application inputs to make a wealth of contribution to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
It’s not rocket science, so make it a point to give back. You’ll be surprised how much you can do to change the world we all live in for the better.
This article has been contributed by startup founder and entrepreneur, Rodel Mendoza.