Let’s be honest. Good jobs are hard to find. Good paying jobs are even harder to find. Good paying jobs that offer flexibility and setting your own hours are nearly impossible to find. So, why not take matters into your own hands and use what you have to start your own thriving fundraising business.
Whether you are looking for something to supplement your allocated finances for your college expenses or are looking for some spending money to enjoy life while in college or maybe you are saving for the time when you get out of college – starting your own fundraising business could be a great move for you.
First, you have a lot of resources at your disposal while in college. Most importantly, your exposure to tons of groups that need to raise money can be your greatest asset. Sororities, fraternities, clubs, bands, dance teams, sports teams, theatre groups, special interest groups, religious organizations – all of these are in your college world and chances are you know people who are in these groups just in your circle of friends and classmates. It’s safe to say that most of these groups will need to raise money at least once this year.Growing budget cutbacks are leading more and more groups to turn to fundraising and many want unique or creative fundraising ideas that are easy, and profitable. You can be these groups and teams go-to source for all things fundraising.
Second, you have access to email, phones, computers, copy machines and other tools that make starting your own business that much easier.
Third, you are gaining skills daily as a college student, not just in classes but in your life as a student – communication skills, negotiation skills, writing skills and more that will be very helpful to your fundraising business.
The next step is to find a fundraising company or companies that you can distribute products for that people might be interested in. Common profitable fundraisers include candy sales, Auntie Anne’s Pretzel sales, the Scratch and Help Fundraiser to name a few. Additionally, it would be great to brainstorm some creative non-product based fundraisers that you could help execute. Examples of these are Service Auction Fundraisers, Pancake Breakfast Fundraisers, Jog-a-thons. For these, you could arrange either a flat fee or percentage of profit that would be paid to you for your work in organizing the fundraiser.
You can increase the success of your business by forging relationships with local businesses to act as sponsors to various fundraisers and offer that as a great reason to work with your business rather than competitors.
Use your resources, get motivated and start your own fundraising business today. Look for a reputable company to team up with that offers support, training and great profitable fundraisers and you will be making money in no time. You will be able to enjoy working when you want, where you want and see the money and profits from your hard work directly.