Donating your time for professional work is a topic that people often have conflicting feelings about — especially if you’re an individual instead of an agency with a team. It feels good though, to help a cause you believe in. Even though we may want to contribute, we often times can’t justify spending time doing something for free when we could be spending our time doing paid work.
Being completely honest, a year ago, I probably would have agreed with you. Having not broken into the market enough to have consistent work as a freelancer, giving away my time for free was the last thing I would have considered, even for a good cause.
Thankfully I was fortunate enough to have a close friend who pushed me to donate my time to Creative Good last year. She explained to me how donating my time might actually be a better way to spend my working time in the long run.
Speaking from experience, donating your services to the auction allows you to meet, network, and work with people who are completely outside of your normal professional network. Besides that, it puts your services and your name in front of companies who are actively looking for your what you are offering.
I was fortunate enough last year to have my services bid on by several of the people at the Creative Good Auction last year, and that’s why you’re reading this article right now. Donating your time and services to any non-profit or fundraising cause, even if it’s not Creative Good, can be a great way to expand your professional network and possibly make some new friends along the way.