What do you do when you’ve been out of work for so long that there seems to be no end in sight? Your self esteem is pretty well shot and you feel like you’re at your wits end? Why not form a group of skilled trades people who offer their services based on a barter system.
With so many Americans out of work with skills going to waste, forming a group of volunteers made up of people including electrical contractors, computer programmers, carpenters, plumbers, and other people who possess similar skill sets would be a great way to get these people working again.
Helping small business give back
Many small businesses across the United States are continuing to just barely tread water, and depending on the specific needs of the business a member of a local volunteer group may be just the ticket to help turn that business around. The business could come to terms with the group to barter for their services, and in return start a small internship program that could re-educate people and provide them with an all new skill set.
The barter garden
A great way to grow food for a community of out of work Americans could be a barter garden. Involve local businesses to donate some funding for the necessary tools and plants and seeds. Those businesses that donated and have members of the volunteer group as barter employees, would share in the vegetable harvest. This is a great idea that not just gets people back to work, but also improves their self esteem, and this is a great way to have a small community that is also self sustaining.
Bartering for the elderly
The elderly in many cases are not as fragile as they may appear. They have skills just like other people in our society, and if they are able to, why not have them become part of a barter system to help other elderly people, and local businesses. Some of the things that they could do may include helping wheelchair bound individuals get to places they need to go with some assistance. Maybe do some light gardening as part of a local neighborhood beautification program. With many baby boomers starting to realize that they may have to work into their seventies, why not take that expertise and put it to good use.
A barter fundraiser
Here is another way for the group to use their collective skills to make a difference for a good cause. A barter auction would be a great way to trade services for cash donations to a cause such as raising funds for a member of the group stricken with cancer or some other affliction. There would have to be a minimum bid for each volunteer providing a skilled service, but again this is a great way to take the skills that each member of this group brings to the collective table so to speak.
A barter system, at best is an ideological based system, but a system that none the less seems to be gaining some popularity. It is practiced in many other countries, and it’s starting to find popularity over the internet. There are websites that are set up as barter services, where people can join, pay a flat fee, and have someone help them barter for services without there being a cash transaction between the barter parties themselves.
Imagine the possibilities that a barter system could bring to bear if it were to be adapted nationwide. It could certainly change the face of the way we all live, work, and do business with one another. A barter system would be a great way for all of America to get back to work, earn a decent living and quite possibly change our whole economic system.
It certainly couldn’t be worse than what America faces right now.