Social entrepreneurs are a big-hearted breed. They care deeply about more than earning a profit. They’re also passionate about making a difference.
For some, such as Yoobi founder Ido Leffler and TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, that means donating a product to an individual in need for every product purchased. For others, such as Scholly co-founder Christopher Gray, that means helping low-income students find the scholarship money they need to make their college dreams come true.
To succeed as a social entrepreneur, as these inspiring changemakers have, you also need more than a great purpose-driven business idea. You need a step-by-step plan and the commitment to see it through, says C.J. Hayden, a San Francisco-based social entrepreneurship coachand founding board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance.