Should You Start a Nonprofit?

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Starting and working for a nonprofit is extremely fulfilling and enjoyable, especially in today’s times. You can make a difference in a cause you’re passionate about while simultaneously enjoying freedom and satisfaction.

However, nonprofit work isn’t for everyone.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a nonprofit, see if the following statements ring true for you.

1. Your J.O.B. Isn’t Fulfilling or Exciting

Working in a nonprofit means more freedom to create and pursue what you’re most passionate about.

For instance, let’s say you’re concerned about the well-being of animals. Then perhaps you could start an animal welfare organization. Or maybe you really want to make a difference in battered women’s lives. You might want to start a nonprofit assisting women as they rebuild their lives.

2. You’re Creative and Think Outside the Box

Nonprofit work is a great avenue for you to exercise your creativity and innovative ideas. It also provides ample opportunities for you to problem-solve. With a nonprofit, you’ll have a variety of tasks and challenges and every day will offer new experiences and opportunities for personal growth.

3. You Have Big Ideas AND Want to Change the World

If you’ve ever been accused of being an idealist—especially when it comes to a certain topic or cause—then nonprofit work might be just for you.

Though striking out with visions of greatness is scary, you know you can make a difference. Your dedication and passion will provide an excellent incubator for new ideas and concepts!

4. You Like Meeting New People

You’ll meet a lot of people who will be either helping your organization or benefitting from it.

If you enjoy getting to know others, and have a genuine interest in their stories, nonprofit work is a great way to make new friends who have similar interests and passions. Not to mention, you will forge intimate connections with those you want to help.

5. You Are a Leader

Being a leader doesn’t mean you have to take charge or be the boss all the time, but it does mean you encourage and guide others with your wisdom and enthusiasm.

Nonprofit organizations include all types of people. If you’re a “take the bull by the horns” type, you should consider a leadership position. Serving on the board of directors, for example, would give you a chance to really drive the direction and mission of an organization.

6. You Like Being Part of a Team

When you work in a nonprofit, you work closely with other people who either share your vision or benefit from your work (or both).

This includes people in your organization as well as outside influencers like politicians, thought leaders and other community members who can help spread your message. By collaborating with a large team, you are able to create a larger movement that really makes an impact in the lives of others.

7. You Get Excited About Inspiring Others

At the heart of any good nonprofit is the burning desire to make a positive impact.

So it probably goes without saying that workers and owners who are passionate about their nonprofit cause, get a huge sense of satisfaction from the work they do. They realize that what they’re doing matters and are proud of the legacy they’re creating.

If the idea of being a catalyst to great change and making the world a better place sounds good to you, then the nonprofit sector might be a good choice for you.

Are You Ready for the Nonprofit Life?

If the above traits ring true, you could create an exciting new career for yourself and have a sense of fulfillment every day, knowing you’re making a difference.

If you feel like the nonprofit option resonates for you, try taking this quiz to see how much you know about nonprofit life. Give us your results in the comments, and feel free to ask questions or leave comments below!


About Sherry Watson

Sherry Watson is considered to be the nation's leading nonprofit expert and educator by news and media sources.

She has launched 6 successful nonprofit corporations generating over $100 million in funding and real estate donations.

Sherry was one of the chief architects of The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and has improved the lives of millions by leading policy changing movements at the local, state and national level.

Her 30 years of experience in the nonprofit industry nonprofits has even taken her to Washington D.C. where The President Of The United States appointed her as a special adviser.

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