As a millennial, you want to make the world a better place, and many times the company you work for doesn’t give you much opportunity to do so. As a result, many millennials are focused on volunteering, side jobs, or even starting their own company.
Starting a company with a social, environmental, or community-focused objective is a great way to step away from greed and ladder-climbing while still earning enough to support yourself. Social entrepreneurship is a growing segment of small business, and it’s easy to see why.
Social Entrepreneurship Melds Purpose with Profit
There’s nothing wrong with making money as long as it’s done right. If the goal of any company is to simply pile up dollars without worrying about the impact they have on the environment, people, and society at large, you don’t want to work for them. Neither would I!
Instead, social entrepreneurship allows you to make a responsible profit while doing things that really matter in the world.
Toms does this very well. A thriving shoe company, they have a one-for-one philosophy that connects their sales success with making a difference around the globe. They currently help provide shoes, prevent bullying, improve access to clean water, and more.
Social entrepreneurship allows business owners to experience a strong connection between their work and their community. One of my favorite things to do as a coach is help a small business or non-profit connect more closely with the city they operate in. I love seeing the renewed focus and determination of business owners when they realize their work really matters.
Social Entrepreneurship Does What the Government Can’t
We all know that we live in a society with many needs. While we’d love to have someone else take care of everything for us, the reality is that we have to take care of each other. It’s what it means to live as a contributing member of society.
We want the government to be responsible with its resources and help as much as possible, but there are significant limits to what a government program can accomplish. By running a small business that makes a difference, you can reach in and help where the government can’t.
Yoobi is a great example. This successful company sells colorful notebooks and desk accessories and focuses strongly on giving back. The company’s name means “One for you, one for me.” For every item purchased, Yoobi donates an item to a classroom in need in the United States.
Where we might look to local and state governments to help struggling schools, Yoobi steps in and gives what they can themselves.
Are You Making a Difference?
So, how’s it going with your work? Are you making a difference? If you’re ready to show up powerfully by starting up a side-hustle, small business, or non-profit with a close connection to your local community or to provide for a worldwide need, I’d love to help.
Let’s talk about how you can start to be the difference you want to see in the world. Contact me today at 910-493-3527!