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Does Anyone Know Any Ways Of Making Some Cash While Benefiting Others?
Posted 18 July 2008 - 04:50 AM
Thanks in advance!
Posted 18 July 2008 - 05:55 AM
That said, you can make a good living online if you're prepared to put in the work. Once you're making the money, the 'helping others' bit is much easier. The obvious one is donating some of your profits to a good cause, but you could also choose a business that has good karma built in from the start. For instance, one of the sites I manage sells cat products. The primary objective is to make enough money to pay everyones wages (obviously), but built into that is a concerted effort to promote cat welfare, cat rescue centres, trap/neuter/return programs and good ownership principles. With this business, as long as we manage to reach out to people we're able to do some good from the start.
Hope that helps give a little perspective on it.
Posted 18 July 2008 - 06:57 AM
As Rolf already pointed out there are tons of get rich quick or make loads of money online with minimal work schemes out there. And for the most part you want to steer clear of those. The only solid key to making money online is the same key that applies to an offline business, which is Needs based selling. At the end of the day if you're selling some product or service real people really need, you're going to stand a lot better chance of making money from it. The larger the pool of people who actually need what you're selling, the bigger the potential to make a lot of money from it.
So if you approach your business from a Needs basis, you pretty much have to be actually helping people who buy something from you. Whether you know it or not.
FTR, I completely agree with Rolf's idea of setting aside some of your profits to a charity that's near and dear to your heart. I've done this with my business from the very beginning, giving a percentage of my profits to a local domestic abuse shelter. I don't even advertise this fact on any of my web sites, though I've been told time after time I should because it's a good way to overcome certain objections when selling online. I agree it makes you more human to buyers who don't know you from Adam so could help sales and conversions, I just won't do it though. The decsion to give a portion of profits and to whom I'm giving it is a personal choice I've made, having nothing to do with my business plan. Though after all these years the local shelter and other things I support have become accustomed to getting a check from me twice per year to help fund their operations.
Besides in my mind it would look silly if I listed 'em all these days, since I give to more than just one or two good causes today. I've tried to add a new one every year or two as my lot in life has continued to improve. The next one is going to be a scholarship fund to assist a couple of local high school graduating seniors each year with their college funding. To me it would look silly to see a web site saying a portion of the proceeds are going to a dozen different good causes. It would look fake or forced, even wihle being completely true.
Posted 18 July 2008 - 06:49 PM
I help others every day...my clients...while making money at the same time.
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