Want to find the perfect organization to help? Well guidestar.org is a great place to start. You can search by city/state/type of organizations.
Don't have money to give to these help? That's ok because all non profits love having people with time or a service to offer.
Get out there, every little bit of help is vital to any non-profits success.
Last week I spoke about how it is important to say thanks to clients but it is also important to say thanks to everyone who helps you in business. Your clients, referrals, employees... Everyone.
I'm not saying buy big gifts and spend a lot of money. The thank you could be as simple as a phone call or just a plain old ‘thank you’. Just make sure you give that recognition when you need to.
Here is the article I came by that talks about thank you in business.
This is the month where everyone reflects on all the people, things, memories to be thankful for. People you don’t want to forget as a business owner is… your clients. Yes, they do pay you for your services but there are many other businesses out there that do the same thing that you do. Basically… you are replaceable. A small token to show appreciation is key.
Now all businesses have different budgets for client appreciation. So I have listed a few ideas that could work with any budget.
- hand written notes: In the world of quick messages, emails, tweets and such it’s always nice to just get a little note in the mail.
- special recognition: Have a client who has been with you for years? Did they do something spectacular that is newsworthy? Then give them a shot out on social media.
- baked goods: Who doesn’t love baked goods? But try to avoid the heavy ‘baked good gift’ times of the year like thanksgiving and Christmas. Make this a ‘just because’ gift and it will be remembered more.
- knowledge: Share ideas or tips. They can be about anything, business, crafts, recipes.
- personal gift for special occasion: The holidays are always a great time to send gifts to clients but everyone is doing that and offices end up with tons of gifts. Send a note during the holidays but maybe send them a small gift on their birthday or any other special occasion.
Sticking to the theme of women small business owners, I wanted to highlight a few of the amazing women owned small businesses that I have had the honor of working with over the years.
J&A Cleaning Services was one of the first start up businesses that I got to work with. I helped Christina Hasegawa create a brand that she has carried on since the start of her business. She started off as just small and now has many employees and has clients all over the bay area.
Venia Spa was another business I had the pleasure of working with when the spa was just an idea in Jessica Berlanga's head. Now it one of the best spas in Monterey County! Both of these women have made something out of just an idea that was sitting in their head. They are not only successful business women but give so much back to the community.
Last, but certainly not least, High Rise Hair Salon is a woman owned business that I have helped since the 'birth' of the business. Jessica Foronda was starting her career as a hair stylist and was eager to have her own space. She's also a mom and wanted to have the flexibility to be able to take part in all the things that come up with their schedule. She has just celebrated her first year in business and Jessica is on the fast track straight to the top!
I am proud to call them clients, colleagues and friends. I am honored to have been apart of their journey as they create their own path and blaze new ones!