Volunteering – Go to the Front of the Line!

A year ago Memorial Day weekend was hot, humid and one dreamed of a cool breeze! This year – just the opposite. But, my Blog still stands on its feet.

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I’ve done a lot of volunteer work in my day.  Most of it I was happy to do and had a good experience overall in doing it.  A lot of it involves counting names, people, money, and the like. If it’s an event, sometimes you get to bypass long lines and get to the main event up close and personal. Recently I did volunteer for a Tall Ships event in a seaside town and got to bypass that huge line in the picture above to see the cool Tall Ships (picture below) That can be fun! Sometimes volunteering can seem more like martyrdom and that is not okay.  In order to continue getting volunteers one must make the experience worthwhile, not only financially to the charity, organization, or cause but to the individual as well.  Many corporate events on some level use volunteers. If you work for a company and…

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If You Can’t Afford it try Barter!

(This was originally posted in August 2009 and still is true today)

If you can’t afford a service or product have you tried to barter?  Bartering has been going on since the dawn of time in some form or another.  Pioneers traded furs and clothing for seeds, food, and other goods.  You of course have great services or talents to offer in exchange for that product or service you may not be able to afford at this point in time.  I have done barter in the past for a legal contract.  I helped an up and coming lawyer with some marketing and public relations advice.  She advised me she barters for her computer tech services.  The idea is to keep as close to actual costs as possible.  If one side is running up a credit and the other has a huge debit that can end the efficiency of barterdom.  This is helpful for many various services.  Who doesn’t need some additional positive publicity in this stagnant market.  Not everyone can hold a candle to their own light and let them see what they can offer the world.  Whether your expertise is accounting, finance, advertising, art consultant, or landscaper get thinking how you might be able to barter your services for some needed services for yourself.  Try to think out of the box and be flexible.  So, if someone would like to barter their services for marketing and public relations expertise, just let me know.