Recreational Vehicle Satellite Television

The recreational vehicle is a relatively new innovation introduced in the world that is utilized by people all over the world. This vehicle is a kind of moving house. You can set up a bed, refrigerator and also a television inside it for your recreation. When you travel in the this vehicle; you do not need do worry about hotels and restaurants at all as you can stop anywhere and eat your lunch or dinner inside it comfortably.

When the RV was introduced, people were not able to watch live television in it. The reason behind that was lack of signals and other satellite problems as well. However that problem was soon resolved and now people can easily watch live television while travelling on the road.

Motosat was a company formed by person named Bob who actually started selling the satellite television innovation to the RV holders. This product was welcomed by the people all over the world and sooner rather than later, several other organizations started to produce recreational vehicle dishes. Dishes that are present in the market permit the user to watch high definition television inside the recreational vehicle. One can easily watch different channels, films above all high quality transmission.

Motosat and several other producers now provide satellite internet as well that can be utilized by the recreational vehicle holders. When you have different kind of benefits in your recreational vehicle such as the likes of internet and television then you do not have to worry about returning to your home soon.

These systems are not at all hard to set up and function. So if you have not purchased these systems for your recreational vehicle then buy now. Once you have installed the satellite television system in your vehicle; you will be completely pleased and satisfied.

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Learn How To Cook Delicious Food

Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories by Lisa Lillien provides three-hundred recipes for full-sized meals that are healthy as they are delicious. Recipes include breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes plus appetizers and sides. And here's the kicker: each easy recipe only contains three-hundred calories or less! These recipes allow you to use supplies already in your kitchen such as crock-pots and foil packs. Look forward to guilt-free Creamy Crab Cakes Benedict, Buffalo Chicken Wing Macaroni & Cheese, and Big Apple Butternut Squash Soup.

Academy-Award Actress, avid foodie, and mother of two Gwyneth Paltrow shares a delicious collection of recipes and beautiful photographs celebrating cooking for family in a tribute to her father entitled My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness. As a young girl, Gwyneth cooked and ate with her father, Bruce Paltrow, and she developed a passion for food that shaped how she belives cooking goes hand in hand with family togetherness. In her book she discusses how she balances healthy food with scrumptious treats, how she involves her children in cooking, and offers a glimpse into her life as a daughter, mother, and wife. This book includes 150 recipes and meal ideas that will inspire readers to cook delicious food with those they love.

Heidi Swanson shows readers an easy way to eat naturally and healthily in her recipe collection Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen. Swanson has introduced us to less-processed foods and taught us how to incorporate nutritious and great tasting food into our diets. This book shows you how to pack meals with nutrition by providing nearly 100 natural recipes that are delicious and good for the body. With gorgeous illustrations, you can look forward to cooking Sweet Panzanella, flaky Yogurt Biscuits, or Rose Geranium Prosecco. Swanson makes eating healthy look and feel easy.

Angie Dudley gives the inside scoop on a new irresistible mini treat that is sweeping the dessert world in their recipe book Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats. Through Dudley's blog, cake pops have become an international sensation. Want to learn how to prepare these cute little cakes on a stick? Cake Pops is the book for you. From simple shapes like decorated balls to more ambitious shapes such as ice cream cones, cupcakes, and baby animals, these delicious treats are the perfect alternative to cake for any celebration. This recipe collection provides clever tricks and tips for presentation, decorating, dipping, and melting chocolate.

Eric C. Westman, Stephen D. Phinney, and Jeff S. Volek have combined their expertise in their book, New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great. This book takes a new take on the exhausted traditional Atkins Diet by simplifying it and making it more satisfying. It teaches you how to learn how to eat the wholesome foods that will turn your bodies into fat-burning machines. It was created with your goals in mind so it allows you to eat healthy yet delicious food with balance and variety. The New Atkins allows for flexibility so that it can remain a part of your busy life. After incorporating this book in your life you not only will get rid of the pounds but you can keep them off for good.

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Corbels Architecture and History – What Are They And Where Did They Come From

Across the globe there are thousands of interesting and appealing corbels. However, despite the appeal of these corbels, many people are unsure exactly what a “corbel” is ? Essentially, a corbel is a piece of stone, or possibly timber, which juts out of a wall to carry incumbent weight. But, corbels do much more than just this decidedly unsexy work, they allure and provide one with a brief yet detailed look into a buildings past. The name derives from a French word meaning crow, because of the corbel’s beaklike shape.

Corbels are most famous for appearing as gargoyles on the side of churches and cathedrals, namely Notre Dame in Paris. Norman (Romanesque) corbels often have a plain appearance, although they may be elaborately carved with stylized heads of humans, animals or imaginary “beasts”, and sometimes with other motifs. The corbels carrying balconies in Italy and France were sometimes of great size and richly carved, and some of the finest examples of the Italian “Cinquecento” (16th century) style are found in them. Throughout England, in half-timber work, wooden corbels abound, carrying window-sills or oriel windows in wood, which also are often carved.

A corbel arch is an arch-like construction method which uses the architectural technique of corbeling to span a space or void in a structure, such as an entranceway in a wall or as the span of a bridge. A corbel vault uses this technique to support the superstructure of a building’s roof.

The word “corbel” comes from Old French and derives from the Latin corbellus, a diminutive of corvus (a raven) which refers to the beak-like appearance. Similarly, the French refer to a corbel as corbeau (a crow) or as cul-de-lampe, Italians as mensola, the Germans as kragstein.

The technique of corbelling, where rows of corbels support a projecting wall or parapet, has been used since Neolithic times. It is common in medieval architecture and in the Scottish baronial style.

Many people use corbels in the 21st century as a way of decorating their house. Corbels provide a space and cost-effective way of making one’s house more presentable, and adds culture and style to a home. By replacing doorways with “corbeled archs”, one can make there house more spacious and more presentable.

Notable examples of corbels worldwide include:

* The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

* Maes Howe, a particularly fine Neolithic chambered cairn in Scotland.

* Gallarus Oratory, an early Christian church in Ireland, is built with corbel vaulting.

Corbels, while away from public limelight, ensure the stability and good-looks for thousands of buildings across the globe. They can be found on medieval castles, or modern-day homes. Corbels are all around us.

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Adapted Glenn Doman’s Method to Teach Your Baby How to Read

Adapted learning method

Teaching Even Younger Babies How to Read: The New Experience.

In the experience I have developed with my three children, I created an Adapted

learning method based on Glenn Doman’s described first four steps:

– The visual differentiation (how to prepare the material);

– The proper vocabulary (cards which reflected the daily reality of the baby);

– The vocabulary of the family environment (which reflected the objects which the

baby came in contact with at home, for his daily interactions), and

– The vocabulary to build sentence’s structures (articles, prepositions, and


Sentences were not introduced as the Doman method suggests for the 5th step. The

other steps, including the 5th, were suppressed in our experience, due to our

circumstances, since the babies’ own preferences suggested that these steps would

be skipped, indicating what the brain needed or not to experience. When the babies

completed reading the whole vocabulary, also knew the alphabet and already read

elementary school books, traffic signals, and billboards in the streets.

However, the reading assimilation process was global, since steps 5, 6, and 7 of

Doman’s method were introduced simultaneously to steps 1, 2, 3, and 4. To explain

it better, while I played with the babies the game of the cards, the whole family

showed them reading as an object and how reading presented itself circumstantially

in a community context (in the TV, the media, and the traffic signs).

The brain itself created mechanisms to find similarities and dissimilarities between

some letters and others and some words and others.

As the process of stimulation in a family environment followed its course, the

assimilation by the babies of the words which reflected their accommodation of

contents ended up resulting in connections of objects and the objects’

representations, in such an impressive velocity that when the babies were two years

of age, they already could read and demonstrated a passion for the game of

reading. The babies also demonstrated that they were ready for writing. By the same

pleasurable process, which they felt while playing with an object until they tired of

it, the babies played with words. However, the difference became that words were

part of a very vast grouping, which led the babies to combine them, discover them,

and the game kept extending itself until the babies demonstrated that they could

integrate it.

We realize that this game of learning will never come to an end, since it started as

early as with a baby, the human being will tend to try to manage it for his whole


This leads us then to say that teaching the child to read only at 6 years of age is to

take away from him/her the opportunity of discovering the learning game of

reading at the stage at which it could be best experienced – at the earliest age,

when the brain elaborates its first mental schemes, and in which the mental

activities still were not restricted in their development within the natural and

potential perspectives.

It is very easy to establish the systematic of the method of how to teach a baby how

to read and to wait for each phase of development to occur exactly as we expect. It

is known that only the intention of the parents to teach their children how to read

early on, can already result in facts that would better distinguish their children of

those who did not try it. Even the most disorganized attempt will yield observable

results, which are the most positive and encouraging results, it is worth

highlighting! The procedure adopted needs to be very disastrous or complicated not

to yield results. From the simplicity of this initiative, it is already possible to obtain

better results than if one would start to teach the child only at 6 years of age. At six,

it is already too late! The curiosity and motivational potentialities of the brain would

already by then be deactivated. The later you start, the harder it is the task to teach

to teach the child how to read.

Glenn Doman, in his book “How to Teach your Baby to Read”, affirms that the child

prior to 5 years of age is able to absorb a tremendous amount of information and

can accept information at an incredible rate. He says that the more information a

child receives before completing 5 years of age, the most he/she retains; and that

the child has tremendous quantities of energy for such. Besides that, the child at

this age group has a great desire to learn. He/she can learn how to read and wants

to learn how to read.

In my experience, I realized that the most important factor while initiating the

process is to be certain that the parent(s) will have the proper attitude and adequate

approach, or better, that the enthusiasm should be kept; and that the parent should

not pressure or retard the steps in presenting information to the baby. The other

factor is to be attentive to the size, format, and order of presentation of the material

to be read by the baby.

Also of importance is the observation of when to start each reading session and

when to end it. To start the session, the most adequate time is every moment in

which the baby is in a good mood. Do not take him/her to read while cranky, crying,

or dissatisfied. The activity of playing must be happy and playful both for the baby

and the parent.

The time to end the activity of playing – which is the main motivation of the method,

must be before the baby loses interest, so that in this way we can guarantee that the

baby will want to repeat the activity and live the moment of happiness of being with

the parent. During this moment, the baby enjoys the parent’s company and plays

with new knowledge and information. It is necessary to know exactly what the baby

is thinking, or better, to know his/her reaction in order to stop each session prior to

his/her desire to do so. The reader must imagine that this is impossible to be done.

But it is not so. After a few sessions, it is possible to perceive exactly when it is time

to distance the baby from the card. If you have more than one baby, you will see

that each one has his/her own rhythm, as I have found out with mine.

Eliane Leao, PhD

Adapted learning method (c) 2006

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Small Business Start Up Financing

The number one question I get asked as a small business start-up coach is: Where do I get start-up cash?

I’m always glad when my clients ask me this question. If they are asking this question, it is a sure sign that they are serious about taking financial responsibility for start it.

Not All Money Is the Same

There are two types of start-up financing: debt and equity. Consider what type is right for you.

Debt Financing is the use of borrowed money to finance a business. Any money you borrow is considered debt financing.

Sources of debt financing loans are many and varied: banks, savings and loans, credit unions, commercial finance companies, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are the most common. Loans from family and friends are also considered debt financing, even when there is no interest attached.

Debt financing loans are relatively small and short in term and are awarded based on your guarantee of repayment from your personal assets and equity. Debt financing is often the financial strategy of choice for the start-up stage of businesses.

Equity financing is any form of financing that is based on the equity of your business. In this type of financing, the financial institution provides money in return for a share of your business’s profits. This essentially means that you will be selling a portion of your company in order to receive funds.

Venture capitalist firms, business angels, and other professional equity funding firms are the standard sources for equity financing. Handled correctly, loans from friends and family could be considered a source of non-professional equity funding.

Equity financing involves stock options, and is usually a larger, longer-term investment than debt financing. Because of this, equity financing is more often considered in the growth stage of businesses.

7 Main Sources of Funding for Small Business Start-ups

1. You

Investors are more willing to invest in your start-up when they see that you have put your own money on the line. So the first place to look for money when starting up a business is your own pocket.

Personal Assets

According to the SBA, 57% of entrepreneurs dip into personal or family savings to pay for their company’s launch. If you decide to use your own money, don’t use it all. This will protect you from eating Ramen noodles for the rest of your life, give you great experience in borrowing money, and build your business credit.

A Job

There’s no reason why you can’t get an outside job to fund your start-up. In fact, most people do. This will ensure that there will never be a time when you are without money coming in and will help take most of the stress and risk out of starting up.

Credit Cards

If you are going to use plastic, shop around for the lowest interest rate available.

2. Friends and Family

Money from friends and family is the most common source of non-professional funding for small business start-ups. Here, the biggest advantage is the same as the biggest disadvantage: You know these people. Unspoken needs and attachments to outcome may cause stress that would warrant steering away from this type of funding.

3. Angel Investors

An angel investor is someone who invests in a business venture, providing capital for start-up or expansion. Angels are affluent individuals, often entrepreneurs themselves, who make high-risk investments with new companies for the hope of high rates of return on their money. They are often the first investors in a company, adding value through their contacts and expertise. Unlike venture capitalists, angels typically do not pool money in a professionally-managed fund. Rather, angel investors often organize themselves in angel networks or angel groups to share research and pool investment capital.

4. Business Partners

There are two kinds of partners to consider for your business: silent and working. A silent partner is someone who contributes capital for a portion of the business, yet is generally not involved in the operation of the business. A working partner is someone who contributes not only capital for a portion of the business but also skills and labor in day-to-day operations.

5. Commercial Loans

If you are launching a new business, chances are good that there will be a commercial bank loan somewhere in your future. However, most commercial loans go to small businesses that are already showing a profitable track record. Banks finance 12% of all small business start-ups, according to a recent SBA study. Banks consider financing individuals with a solid credit history, related entrepreneurial experience, and collateral (real estate and equipment). Banks require a formal business plan. They also take into consideration whether you are investing your own money in your start-up before giving you a loan.

6. Seed Funding Firms

Seed funding firms, also called incubators, are designed to encourage entrepreneurship and nurture business ideas or new technologies to help them become attractive to venture capitalists. An incubator typically provides physical space and some or all of these services: meeting areas, office space, equipment, secretarial services, accounting services, research libraries, legal services, and technical services. Incubators involve a mix of advice, service and support to help new businesses develop and grow.

7. Venture Capital Funds

Venture capital is a type of private equity funding typically provided to new growth businesses by professional, institutionally backed outside investors. Venture capitalist firms are actual companies. However, they invest other people’s money and much larger amounts of it (several million dollars) than seed funding firms. This type of equity investment usually is best suited for rapidly growing companies that require a lot of capital or start-up companies with a strong business plan.

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Is Life Insurance For Elderly People Necessary?

Life insurance for elderly people is probably a different experience and for different reasons than for someone younger. Necessities may be different. However, the end result is the same. A tax-free death benefit will be paid to a beneficiary upon the death of the insured.

Who are the elderly?

The dictionary defines the word elderly as someone of advanced age; old; of or relating to persons later in life.

It’s a pretty unclear definition. It’s probably safe to say the definition of today’s elderly is the same but the person who fits the definition has changed. People live longer. It used to be people were elderly at 60.

Being 61 as I write this, I beg to differ with that.

However, whatever the definition and whoever the elderly actually are, one thing is for sure. Most insurance companies do not issue a life insurance policy on anyone over age 85.

Why have it?

There are bound to be final expenses that will probably include burial. Final expense life insurance is designed specifically for that reason. The death benefits of the policies generally range from about $2,500-$35,000. They are often simplified-issued policies which mean the qualification process will not require a blood and urine exam and/or a medical exam.

An alternative is to purchase a single-premium-whole-life policy (SPWL), guaranteed whole life insurance. A lump sum is paid for a specific death benefit that is determined by the insured’s age and health. It’s a paid-up policy.

There are also those who have amassed a sizable estate and who want to leave a legacy or several legacies either to their kids, their grand-kids, or a charity. Perhaps the cost of burial and other final expenses are not a concern.

Life insurance proceeds paid to a named beneficiary bypass probate. As a result, someone can designate a certain amount or certain amounts of money for one or more beneficiary. If estate taxes are an issue, insurance can be used to pay the tax.

It depends on the amount of someone’s estate and needs, as well as how much estate planning has been done.

Regardless of age, the need and/or benefit will be based on the situation or scenario. It’s not a one-size fits all.

If they’re already covered

If someone owns a permanent policy, especially if they’ve owned it for several years, it may make sense to make use of the accumulated cash value.

It’s possible that there is enough cash value accumulated that they can stop paying premiums and use the cash value to pay the premiums and/or borrow against the policy.

The death benefit is all the collateral needed to secure the loan. When death occurs, outstanding loans are deducted from the death benefit and the remainder is paid to a beneficiary.

The bottom line is if the insurance is in place, especially if it is in the form of paid-up policies, there is no reason to worry. Just enjoy the rest of your life.

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Painting Business – 13 Point Checklist of Essential Tools Most Needed to Start a Painting Business

If you are considering starting a commercial or residential painting business you will only need some basic low-cost tools to start with. You can buy other tools as more jobs come along and with your down payments. Here is a list of the most essential painting business tools needed to get you started.

1.) Quality Cage Frame – Also known as a paint roller. Wooster and Purdy both have strong, commercial-use cage frames sold at most professional paint stores.

2.) Extension Pole – Get yourself a good medium-size fiberglass extension pole for rolling out walls and ceilings.

3.) Wall-Sander – I always sand walls and ceilings before I roll them out. It cleans up cobwebs and anything else that needs to be knocked down to make the walls and ceilings smooth.

4.) Roller Bucket – I use Wooster’s roller bucket. It is tall, square and has a lid. It is made out of durable plastic and balances a lot better than a paint tray and washes out easy. It’s a must have.

5.) Cut-in Bucket – I like to put some paint in a small plastic bucket for cutting in. There are small 1-gallon buckets of drywall compound that when empty make a great cut-bucket plus they have a lid. They will last for years.

6.) Step Ladder – A regular wooden 5-foot step ladder works perfect for most homes. If I need a 6-foot ladder I have an aluminum one for that. Most of the time all I need is my 5-footer and I am only 5’6″ so there you go.

7.) 16′ Extension Ladder – Great for stairwells or ranch-style exterior jobs. I use my 16-foot extension ladder more than any other size. I also have 20′ and a 24′ extension ladders, but i couldn’t get by without my little 16-footer.8.) Drop Cloths – I like using the runner type the most. They are inexpensive, light to carry and can be moved around the room easily. I also have 9 x 12’s on hand.

9.) Fluorescent Light – Interior painting without a fluorescent light is nearly impossible, especially on a cloudy day. Fluorescent light is a nice white light that is great for painting and shows up the colors in their true form.

10.) Tool Bucket – An empty 5-gallon bucket makes a great tool bucket. I keep my pliers, a hammer, razor-blade knives, a caulk gun, etc., in my tool bucket.

11.) Small Fan – I bought a $30 blower type fan made by Stanley Tools from Walmart. It dries out walls and ceilings quickly so you can get back to work cutting in and moving around the room without it being wet.

12.) Drywall compound – I hate Spackle. It flashes under paint jobs. I use the Sheetrock brand of 90-minute quick-dry drywall compound found at Lowes or other hardware stores for around $11 a bag. It will last me all year long. It is the powder formula and is easy to mix up right on the job with water and a small cut bucket. This way you don’t have to carry a heavy 5-gallon pale around with you that can also freeze during the wintertime and can get lots of chunks in it over time.

13.) Caulk Gun – I use painters caulk all the time to fill small gaps between woodwork, trim and walls. Most paint stores have it on hand. I use the 35-year interior/exterior type.

So there you have it. If you are considering starting your own painting business and want to know how much it will cost to get started this list will help you. I would guess off hand that everything on the list totals around $300. If you already have a step ladder and even a small extension ladder, this will cut the start up cost down considerably.

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James Bond Cars – The Coachman Recreational Vehicle

As seen on the silver screen, every man loves the James Bond cars. Fully loaded with gadgets and features any guy would wish he could have with his car, though he might get arrested for it. But what car could any fan not see the legendary British agent in? By far an RV, though with the special features a Coachman recreational vehicle has, it might not be such a far stretch.

Features to Tickle Fancy

A Coachman recreational vehicle has many specialties, including a utility panel that helps drivers winterize their vehicle to a specially angled dashboard for increased driving vision. Even an air conditioning unit that is made for maximum cooling is installed in every Coachman recreational vehicle. Is that not enough to peak interest? There's plenty more to discuss. They certainly weren't trying to turn away any business they might receive.

Having a very large storage space, even with shelves is another feature is called Stow-N-Go. There is the children first feature that includes two spaces for child seats that have 3 point anchoring. For a growing family this definitely comes in handy. For their Coachman recreational vehicle a buyer can even order color coded electrical wiring. This would make it a lot easier to get out of an electrical fix in the middle of that great vacation site with no one around.

Coachman also utilizes an aluminum frame for each of its vehicles. The bargain here is that a Coachman recreational vehicle is very safe because of its strong skeleton. The special tubing used for anti corrosion is one of the more comical features. This may sound funny, but it is also comes in handy, after all, who likes to clean up that kind of mess? The no-lip storage units under a Coachman recreational vehicle is the last great feature. For the real adventurous drivers they allow for easy storage of heavier objects and gear.

So maybe these features aren't quite what James Bond looks for in a car, but with that much quality, it might at least make it on the list. The nice thing about a Coachman recreational vehicle is that it comes with so many features and yet is still affordable. Basically, all these pluses are just part of the package, so customers can feel confident in their purchase. When looking for a top notch RV, Coachman makes customers shaken, not stirred.

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France & Paris – Top Things to Do

The hardest thing about visiting France is planning your activities whilst there, there are so many things to do that you become confused and wonder what attraction would be best for you and the family, there are many favourites and many different opinions but the truth is that Paris is so amazing, you really can’t go wrong!

A common first stop and my personal favourite is the most famous art museum in the history of France and probably the world. The Louvre, it houses some great artistic talents including the famous Leonardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa is still the top attraction, and the work of art The Last Supper is absolutely breathtaking.

Next on the list is, of course, the Eiffel Tower. It was once declared an eye sore by French artists but is now is thought to be one of Paris, finest works of art. These days commonly accepted as the symbol of France, inside there are beautiful little souvenir shops and lovely places to dine.

This place should always be in the itinerary of anyone visiting France; the famous book has the the Notre Dame Cathedral as the backdrop of the Hunch Back of Notre Dame’s life story. The cathedral is famous for its architecture with towering religious statues and gargoyles.

Paris, too, has a Disneyland. It still has all the same attractions as other Disneyland theme parks but of course, there is still something that is unique to Paris alone which makes it well worth a visit, even if you have already been to other Disneyland destinations.

France is famous for its love of wine. There are many different vineyards to visit for a little wine or champagne tasting or perhaps even some grape harvesting if it takes your fancy. Such wine tour operators as SmoothRed or BD Tours offer a wine tour experience where you can even abseil into a wine cellar!

Perhaps the most famous and lusted after place in France when it comes to history is Normandy. The most famous historical event here is the burning of Joan of Arc which attracts many tourists with a love for history.

Musee d’Orsay, a very interesting museum of art found inside a railway station, the very museum itself is a testimony of just how much the French love their art. The museum is absolutely beautiful and a must for any art lovers.

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Pro Bono Work – Why Do It?

Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out, there are valid reasons for performing pro bono projects if you have the time. While the term pro bono frequently refers to free legal services, it also applies to any free commercial services performed for the public good.

While it can easily be interpreted as work you are doing because you are not busy, or because you may have an ulterior motive in the belief that paid work will come as a reward, neither of these has ever been the case for me. I do pro bono work out of a moral responsibility to perform free services for a noble cause. But I have to be careful that doing so does not offend any of my paying clients in any way, some of whom are non-profit organizations. For this reason, such work is always done discreetly without fanfare or public display to garner accolades.

It is also easy to feel that such work degrades the value of your services, since you are giving away business efforts for which you are normally paid. In fact, you may even feel taken advantage of by the very ones you are attempting to help. Whether this is a justifiable concern or not, you will need to dismiss these fears in the interest of fulfilling the reason you have agreed to donate your skills in the first place, which is to contribute to the community welfare in your own special way. Your motivation for putting your best foot forward in this effort should have nothing to do with gaining fame or fortune and everything to do with offering a valuable service for which you and your company can feel proud. If anything further transpires as a result, whether public gratitude or future paying work, that should be viewed as a wonderful bonus, but certainly not to be expected.

In my earlier days, my workload was so heavy that even considering performing pro bono work was entirely out of the question. However, there were times when I had no choice and had to fit it in for political reasons, shall we say. This means that I may have been already working with an important client (aren’t all clients important?) at a prominent company in the community and one of its favorite charities needed marketing work performed for a good cause. Sometimes clients like this would pay for such services but more often than not, they hoped we would contribute our services at no charge for the benefit of all. And, of course, we would comply, keeping both client and charity very pleased.

In today’s economic environment with so many highly skilled and highly educated people out of work, you would think that the need for pro bono services would be handled by this large pool of talent. Ironically, it almost seems that if you are labeled “unemployed,” it logically follows that you may not be “qualified” or “valuable” enough as an available resource for pro bono work. While that may sadly be a common misconception, it has resulted in ongoing requests for pro bono work from our company. Since I flourish under pressure and relish client services in which I excel, these requests serve to bolster my self-esteem despite their usually coming at the last minute when I am already busy with other urgent deadlines. The reason I am flattered usually pertains to learning that they had tried to do the project themselves in-house to avoid asking for my help but had to admit there was no substitution for the inspired professionalism we deliver; hence, their late call for help.

I must explain, however, that these requests come from a non-profit source to which we have regularly donated our services over the past five years and always agree to continue without reservation. Why? First, they had initially consulted us at the recommendation of their president, a prominent realtor, with whom we were doing business at the time, for a comprehensive marketing plan for which they paid our normal going rate. They even implemented that plan over the next couple of years through other area consultants who donated their services. When they returned for further work from us, we offered to continue on a pro bono basis. We clearly recognize that there are a number of good reasons why our pro bono efforts on behalf of this organization are worthwhile:

1. The organization is a large religious group that respects diversity and believes in inclusiveness; values open discourse, and strives for fairness in every way. They are committed to repairing the world, a responsibility that shapes their belief that social justice begins within the community. Finally, they emphasize the importance of nourishing the hearts, souls and minds of adults and children, through the finest possible educational opportunities. Always seeking new members, the organization is one of great personal dedication and affection. For these reasons, we are honored to represent their endeavors but are not members of this organization, nor do we endorse their religion, or any religion.

2. Their projects are large, challenging and interesting which gives our work extensive visibility in the community. Typical projects have included large color ads and posters for high profile entertainers; fundraising booklets and stationery; membership brochures; signage; and an assortment of press releases. Although we donate our services, the organization pays for any necessary printing, signmaking and media space charges.

2. We are given complete freedom to express our creativity, marketing savvy and design expertise without constraints or the usual tampering typical of some “paying” clients who may have a personal agenda or inherent frustrated desire to be the “artist.”

3. Most of the members of this non-profit religious organization are successful business owners or practicing professionals who spend countless hours of their own and their families’ free time enjoying the programs and events offered and working toward the organization’s long-term success. That makes us partners working toward a common goal for which they are sincerely appreciative. As a result, some of these members hire us to perform paid marketing work for their companies on a sporadic basis. However, we never aggressively seek their business nor do we expect anything in return for our pro bono services.

4. While not something we require, we are given a free ad in their event programs which we design and submit to assure that an accurate message is delivered. Such an ad probably mostly serves as an internal reminder to the members that we are professionally involved on a pro bono basis perhaps making it easier for them to refer us, if appropriate.

We realized long ago that a special bond had been forged with many members of this congregation as a result of extensive research we did to prepare their initial marketing plan. We learned many touching stories about their love for this organization and its effects on their personal family history, much of which became the basis for initiatives we recommended.

With a total of about eighty families involved, the good will generated from our continued pro bono efforts has enormously positive reverberations within the community. This kind of gratitude is something money cannot buy. But beyond that, the satisfaction we get from seeing our good work help this organization build a better world is absolutely priceless and far outweighs the importance of any residual work we may get from its members.

So, why do pro bono work? Because it’s the right thing to do. And that is enough.

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