Yes, the economy has been really sucky the past few years. You probably—hopefully—had nothing to do with that. But don’t let your personal economy suck as well. You can help boost the economy on a small-scale, personal level.
You’ve heard that you reap what you sow, you get back what you give, etc. If you can’t be generous with your money (and few can), then be generous with your time or your talents, especially this time of year. Designate a percentage of your time that you’ll do work for non-profits, or start-ups that could really use your help.
Pick something that’s close to your heart. Is it a children’s charity? Offer your creative services on a project. You get a little peace of mind, and a tax deduction. Is it music? Maybe you can donate design work for the debut CD of an up-and-coming band (I do this—it’s fun!). You get a great portfolio piece out of it. Or, look to barter for something you could use. I once traded a logo for a lifetime of haircuts from my favorite stylist!
Slightly riskier, but you could do work pro-bono for a start-up, with a written agreement to be the company’s exclusive designer once the company grows or once a specific goal has been met. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
You’re doing your part to help the economy and, thereby, funding a wealthier personal economy. And getting richer by the minute!
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