5 reasons why volunteers make great entrepreneurs
By Guest Blogger 6th July 12
Does it take more than just capital to build a successful start-up?
Here are our 5 reasons why we think volunteers also hold the right mind-set to become successful entrepreneurs…
1 – Passion is at the heart of everything volunteers do
To be a successful entrepreneur you must believe in the business you’re building and that the idea behind it excites you. Volunteers relentlessly give their time to support causes that they are passionate about in order to make a positive impact.
If you find a business idea that ignites your passion - nobody will be able to stop you.
2 – Volunteering requires being a people person
Starting a business is never a one man/women job. It’s all about building strong relationships and making the most of the skills available to you. Volunteers and entrepreneurs alike are confident and comfortable with talking to strangers and building meaningful relationships.
In the business world this is a vital asset in creating a loyal customer base and making sure that people not only like your products – but they also like YOU!
3 – Volunteers have an ability to see the bigger picture
Volunteers, like entrepreneurs, have a unique perspective when it comes to seeing the bigger picture. Volunteers understand that their small actions are part of a larger purpose. This is a key attribute for becoming a successful entrepreneur as it easy to get disheartened when we only focus on the finish line.
Remember: small steps lead to bigger goals.
4 – Volunteers are opportunity spotters
Volunteers are hugely empathetic. Empathy allows entrepreneurs to spot problems and gaps in the market in order to create new products and services that are valuable to their customers. Volunteers go out of their way to create positive change and in doing so open themselves up to a world of opportunity.
After all, ideas come from experiences.
5 – Volunteers are actions-orientated
It’s easy to talk the talk but volunteers and entrepreneurs can also walk the walk. People all too often state the problems within society but never actually do anything about them, volunteer’s ‘can do’ attitude makes them the perfect candidates for becoming successful entrepreneurs.
“Actions make more fortune than caution.”
Take action! Check out volunteering opportunities on vinspired.com.
vInspired Cashpoint is handing out grants of up to £500 to turn young people’s ideas for community projects into reality. Apply now!
StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading businesspeople to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.
Young Enterprise do great work to inspired the next generation of enterprising young people
Young Entrepreneur Society provide a network of resources, tips and advice to empower budding young entrepreneurs to succeed