Have you ever been asked to assist with a family or friend in the market that you serve and it feels as if you are being asked to work for free? If this is you, here is a list of do's and don’ts…
First and foremost, as an event planner I am well aware how it is when you are the person in the family that gets drawn in to host/plan the next party or big event amongst my family and friends. I have had to learn very early on that this can be a disaster on relationships and cause a financial strain if not done with care. I have learned to, 1. CLARIFY early on that this is not a paid gig and that my availability is limited. 2. IDENTIFY- what my family member or friend needs from me and inform them whether I can fully commit, partially commit, or advise them. 3. INFORM this family member or friend what are my limitations. Examples may be that using my rental equipment is not for use. 4. AVOID taking on more because you are treating this like a paid gig. 5. STAND FIRM that you may have to utilize a few no’s in order to not overwhelm yourself or take away from your other responsibilities. And lastly, 6. PRIORITIZE what you are responsible for.
If you start your volunteering with these rules or bylaws, you save your relationships, spare your pockets, and still do what you love!
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