We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
Getting involved in charities in your community isn't just about passing the hat and raising cash. Often, it's about you making the effort and establishing a reputation for giving back. There's nothing that will help build your reputation faster than to be involved in charitable events in your community.
This isn’t rocket science and it's hardly revolutionary, but in all honesty, for most photographers, especially those new to the industry, the concept hasn’t been in their thought process. I get it - you're buried and just trying to get your business off the ground is taking up all your time, but think about this...
You're looking for your community to be good to you. So, what are you going to do to be good to your community?
People like buying products and services from companies they perceive as giving back. You can’t just sit on the sidelines and watch life go by. You need to be directly involved and that doesn't necessarily mean with your camera.
As we start out this new year think about things you can do to give back:
Remember too...There's no such thing as a gift of giving back that's too small. What's important is simply doing something.
“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody,
instead of something for somebody,
you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.”
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