Friday, 5 August 2011

How to recruit volunteers

To recruit volunteers is very challenging, more so that we live in competitive times for both financial support and volunteer assistance. The people that are active feel they are too busy with their growing families. Demands on their time and energy are enormous as people work long hours or live in different locations.
Because we are living in changing times where people lead different lifestyles try to ask your volunteers what their interests and backgrounds are. Then give them choices. Offer activities that utilize their skills and provide personal fulfilment. Hours and locations should be flexible for your volunteers.
No one volunteers simply because you’re a worthy course, so make volunteers aware of your services. Define the type job to be done. This will help ensure that you get the right person to fill the position. Identify your reasons, which mean making them know what your volunteering message is, in that way you will increase your chance of success in recruiting the right people for specific duties. Consider the types of personalities that match activities and positions your recruitment materials may reflect e.g. social interaction.
Try to attract volunteers you need by advertising your activities. Ask anyone you talk to why they do or do not volunteer, be open to them. Make a lot of speeches and send out lots of press release. Be prepared, willing and enthusiastic about personal appearance i.e. on radio or TV. Volunteers need to know about your activities, that is, what you do and how you do it. Never assume that people know everything, take into account your potential volunteer’s point of view if you want to succeed.
Do not reject anyone as volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, retired, school age, young people, and or parents. Retired persons are skilled and reliable; most of them are as active today as they were yesterday. To many of this people leisure time is designed to fill with worthwhile activities. Minority groups and people with disabilities are underutilized but these very people are the ones who are going to participate in the similar events. Approaches may differ from age to age.
There are several methods you can use to recruit volunteers, but not all of them will be appropriate to your specific needs. They include media (newspapers, radio and television), individual (one to one contact through mailing or flyers) and personal (word of mouth). Each one of the bringing about advantages and disadvantages based on your resources and needs along with those of your volunteers.
Volunteers efforts help improve the quality of life to everyone as their good works increase visibility of their firms. These people have various reasons for helping. They give their time freely and would like to make sure their contributions make a difference. Volunteering may benefit people by making them learn new skills and develop their experience, meet friends or make valuable contributions that may lead to employment and new careers

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

How to start a home business

A home business is a good way to make as much money as you need, depending on the business you select and the effort you put into it. Be your own boss and take the advantage of the skills you have.
Proper preparation and planning may reduce the risk of both failure and loss of money. Put your ideas on paper. This helps you to focus your thinking and help your customers understand what, how, where, why and when you will do what you intend to do. Don’t do this alone; create a planning group to help you.
Figure out who your market is, that is, with whom you want to do your business. Specializing on a single product may bring better results. Clarify what you want to sell for example, men’s clothing
You can’t identify the needs or wants of your customers by just looking at them. The best way is to talk to them to identify their main concerns. Most people spend a great deal of their time and money trying to understand things about the people who buy their products, to help them make decisions on selecting their products.
A good location makes it easy for customers to get to your business place thus become aware of your business, for example, a flea market or craft show. You must have a detailed business plan showing where you are.
Make your customers aware of what you offer. Advertising is one of the coolest methods of promotion to start with. Once you know your audience determine which media (radio, TV, brochures) will work well for you, based on your products. You advertisement have to be narrow on the media that will reach your customers. Be careful not to overspend on advertising.
However starting a home business is not easy as there are often problems that could come up with any new business. For example working long hours or a need for employees as your business grows. It takes time and energy.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

How to start a charity

Starting a charity is not easy but a rewarding kind of business as it makes the difference in the lives of people by meeting their needs. Having passion for the cause is very crucial. You need to plan properly for this program.
You need to have a clear statement of mission for your Charity. This should describe the purpose of your business, the reason why it exists. Know your audience, the target group and be in a position to satisfy their needs for example economically disadvantaged people. It should be short and easily understandable.
Charity is a business so government legal matters such as registration, filing report, licences, employment laws and tax issue should be taken in to consideration. Handling procedures are very simple when you understand them. You should seek for a professional legal advice.
By laws are rule books that govern your charity, you must comply with them. They determine who has the power and how to apply it and how your board of directors will operate. Help prevent conflicts and protect misuse of funds. By Laws are tailored to meet the needs of your charity. Decide how you want your charity to function.
There has to be the kind of funding strategy that will keep your organization operating. Who will fund your activities and how do you approach the funders successfully; you have to identify the best sources.
Charity requires the use of volunteers at every level. Look for volunteers and train them on how to help you in things like asking for donations from people. Well-trained staff do their jobs better. Provide them with job descriptions. Make sure they are involved with other aspects of the business know your policies or programs.
Advertise or avail what you are doing to the community that your program is designed to serve. Make them aware of the service you offer, who is going to benefit from that. This can be done through newsletters or brochures for example. You may partner with other charities that have done it before.
Starting charity benefits those in need and your just feel honoured when you know that you helped someone