When people ask if their small business should do pro bono work, I say YES! No business, big or small, can afford to give everything away all the time. But the occasional bit of free work offers so many benefits.
People argue that “you get what you pay for” – and that free work tells others that it’s worth very little. I believe it says just the opposite. Providing your work for a deserving charity or non-profit tells the world you’re proud of your work and your success lets you help out. After the sense of pride washes over you for helping out a good cause, you gain from adding something worthwhile to your portfolio. You potentially open your work up to a new audience. And people who give to charities spend money… on for-profit businesses as well. Getting your name in front of them is an excellent way to find new customers.
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