We all have our crosses to bear in life. We know that, in this workaday world, there is an overemphasis on looking after your own interests, and everyone else should look after theirs. But this attitude can inevitably breed so much selfishness, that one day, we wake up and realize that all we do is take. What is the solution? Well, in this case, it’s about finding ways to redress the balance. And what ways can this be done, especially when life is so damn busy?
With time and budgetary constraints, we can’t really take the opportunity to give back. In which case, working within your community isn’t just one of the simplest ways to give something back as far as logistics are concerned, in fact, it’s a great way to re-engage with your immediate surroundings. Local charities, community trusts, and anything that works to establish a sense of community within your local area is one of the simplest ways for you to generate a grassroots approach to being charitable.
Make It A Part Of Your Working Life
If you are a business owner, and you feel that it’s got to the point where your business is only working to sustain itself, and nobody else, there are a few reasons why you should work with nonprofits and organizations that benefit others. Firstly, it’s a great way to, again, integrate yourself with local organizations, which will show your constant support of local needs. But also, bearing in mind that a lot of customers choose to buy from suppliers that have a more ethical mindset now, will help you to keep this approach at the forefront of your business ethos.
Of course, you shouldn’t do it for the kudos, but it’s certainly a fantastic way to give something back, especially when you feel like you’ve been a single-minded entrepreneur. In fact, many entrepreneurs, like Kirk Chewning have worked closely with charities, in the wake of natural disasters, and have used their business expertise to spread the word far and wide, not just in relation to communicating the issues, but to also help recovery efforts on the front line. Take inspiration from these entrepreneurs.
Think Outside The Box
But if you don’t have the means necessary to devote so much time to worthy causes, are there things you can do from your home, or in your spare time? In fact, there are a few small approaches that can help over time.
Amazon Smile is one good example, where, upon purchasing your products, 0.5% of the price is donated to your favorite charity automatically. There are other ways to do this, such as apps like Forest, and websites like The Hunger Site. While you may make a small impact but by doing this, by spreading the word further, and encouraging people to use these sites too, every little bit adds up!
We can all feel that in life all we do is take from time to time, and if you’ve recently woken up to the fact that this isn’t benefiting anybody else in life, and you are looking to give back, these are a few simple approaches to take. Naturally, over time, you will develop your own savvy with regards to giving back and it will become second nature.