Starting a non-profit organization is a good move if you are feeling passionate about a certain cause, regardless of whether your life has been turned upside down by its effects.
Raising awareness, vital funding, and providing mental support to those in need is a very worthy pastime.
However, as with all things, it is wise to make sure that you are going in with your eyes open before you take the final step.
#1. Choosing the Right Premises
You must choose the right premises for your non-profit. There is an advantage to locating your business in a permanent office. However, this could prove to be expensive and take a chunk out of your revenue. The cheaper option could be to rent a desk or a room when you require it, and obtain a mailbox for your post, or a far cheaper option might be to convert an area or a room in your home to run your non-profit business.
#2. Technology That You Will Require
Regardless of where you choose to locate your business, you are going to require some technology to help it run smoothly. You are, for instance, going to require a computer, a cell phone, and some sort of printer. More than this, though, you are going to need nonprofit fundraising software to help keep your business organized, cut man-hours, and keep all of your supporters, followers, volunteers, and employees up-to-date and pulling in the funds that your cause so urgently needs.
#3. Achieving Your Online Presence
Of course, it is not all about your physical space and what you choose to fill it with. You are also more than likely to need an online presence for your organization to stand the test of time.
Your website should look professional and have areas where you can add special up-and-coming fundraising events and receive donations. There should also be an area where those that visit your website can sign up for more information or newsletters to make sure that you catch their email address or cell phone number for text messaging. A professional web designer is likely to be the best person to talk you through what you need and make sure that it is user-friendly.
#4. Recruiting Help
Most people, when they think about non-profit businesses immediately think of volunteers. However, in most, if not every non-profit organization, some are employed and get paid for their time. When you first start, you will likely be trying to do as much as you can to save money and filter as much as you possibly can through to help your cause.
However, you should take into account your health, over doing it or stressing yourself out trying to get everything done can eventually backfire. Asking for help is okay. Some businesses offer their services on a subcontract basis so you can have important areas of your non-profit business covered, such as HR, accounts, marketing, and personal assistants by experts without having them permanently on your payroll.
#5. Promotional Ideas
Getting your non-profit organization noticed may seem like an uphill struggle. However, with the help of company swag featuring your organization’s name, web address, and cause (with logo) is likely to be beneficial. Even more so if they are items that are going to be used in public places and are of good quality.
It is also a good idea to tap into the billions of people on social media platforms so that you can start placing posts and videos to support your cause and get your story, as well as what you are trying to achieve within the public domain and get it talked about by the many.