Volunteering Can Pay Off

Jul 05, 15 Volunteering Can Pay Off

Volunteering can pay off in a big way for an online book merchant. I learned this last week after my local librarian asked me and my brother to help sort donated books. A week or so later, I returned to help set up the annual book sale.

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As a “reward” for my time and effort, the librarian let me take a couple of boxes of books in exchange for a promise of a future cash donation. After getting the books home and sorting through them, I learned that my investment of time and effort had really paid off.

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Doc Savage and his Amazing Crew can be found at the Book & Comic Picker eBay Store

Some of the interesting finds I made in those piles of donated books included:

  • A textbook that regularly sells for around $50 a copy.

 

  • A number of antique children’s books worth $25 to $30 apiece.

 

  • An auto manual worth up to $20.

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  • Several investment books that sell for $10 to $15 apiece.

 

  • An investment book that normally sells for around $50 a copy.

 

  • A rare, out-of-print paperback worth around $20.

 

  • A vintage 1960s Doc Savage paperback worth around $20. Believe it or not, I pulled that from the dumpster when I was throwing out the trash.
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The Man of Bronze is at the Book & Comic Picker eBay Store.

  • Dozens of almost new fiction and nonfiction bestsellers I could send to Amazon, where they sell for $10 to $15 a copy. I net a profit of around $5 on each of those books.

 

  • An old Girl Scout Badge Book I sold on eBay for $9.99.
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The Happy Hollisters can be found at the Book & Comic Picker eBay Store.

  • A lot of rarebooks, including a self-published cookbook and a book containing the script for the movie Monte Python and the Holy Grail—the basis for the hugely popular play Spamalot.

 

The moral of this story is that volunteering can benefit your bank account as well your community and your soul. If you are asked to help sort books for a charity in your community, definitely do so.

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It also pays to go out and look for volunteer activities in your community. Ask around at your local thrift store, public library, school, churches, or any place that gets books donated. Volunteer to help, and ask if you can take books home, including any that might end up in the dumpster.

Even if you end up carrying boxes of books out to the dumpster, you will help your community. You can also get some exercise and develop valuable contacts in the community.

Tips for Being a Successful Volunteer

I also find that there are three keys to being a successful volunteer. They are:

  • Be prepared to work hard, especially at those activities others do not want to do. Many volunteer organizations are rife with people that do little or nothing, so when somebody who is truly hard working and helpful shows up, he or she stands out. One good way to get invited back is to be willing to do those things others do not like, such as carrying stuff out to the dumpster.

 

  • Keep your mouth shut and your eyes and ears open. Volunteer organizations can be hotbeds of office politics and petty jealousies; keeping your mouth shut is the best way to avoid getting entangled in such nonsense. Never take sides, because it will draw you into arguments that are probably meaningless. Being aware of it can help you avoid it.
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  • Do not rock the boat. Remember, a volunteer is a guest. Do everything you are told, follow the rules, and do not try to change anything, even if it irritates. Remember, if you get annoyed, you can simply not come back; volunteering is not a job, and you are under no obligation to return if you do not want to.

 

  • Ask before taking anything, and be willing to pay for any books that you take.

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Volunteering can be a chore at times, but being civic minded can pay off. It can also be a lot of fun, particularly if you help a cause or institution that you really believe in. I am a very strong supporter of libraries, which need all the help that they can get these days.

So if you are having a hard time locating books to sell, consider volunteer work. It can really pay off if you are willing to work hard and donate your time.

 

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