Investments in social enterprises and traditional businesses can often include investments in time, investments in your energy and more importantly investments in your money. It can also include in human labour as well as different forms investments in capital. With all these types of investments for both traditional businesses and social enterprises, there is of course an expectation that these investments will provide a return.
The major difference between a social enterprise and traditional business is that a traditional business aims mainly to get a financial return on that investment. A financial return often means shares within a company, a profit or various other forms of financial gains from that investment. On the other hand, social entrepreneurship and social enterprises look further than that. They look for not only financial return on investment but also a social return on that investment.