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Start A Business For Under $500 – Businesses for less than $500

There are some of you out there that will scoff, “What kind of business can really start with $500?” Well, consider the fifty we present here.

When most of us here phrases like “Start a New Business” or “start-up costs,” our minds picture figures with a lot of zeros in them. While it is true that most businesses do require several thousand dollars to start up, there are certainly some that don’t. They exist; it’s just a matter of focusing in on them.

The businesses listed here range from computers to consulting, from accounting to auto repair, and many more. All can be operated from your home, eliminating the need for expensive formal office space. They are quite diverse; the one thing they have in common is that they can be started for $500–and sometimes less.

As you are thinking about what kind of business to operate, consider where you live, your job skills, hobbies, the equipment you own, the needs of your community, and certainly, the work you enjoy doing.

Some people operate small manufacturing businesses out of their garage or basement while others set up service-oriented businesses in their kitchen or truck; some have discovered the lucrative field of importing goods, and others have tucked mail order companies into spare rooms, since they don’t need a store front but only a mail box and space for inventory for this type of business.

Naturally, you shouldn’t expect these ventures to make you millions, but if you take them seriously enough you’ll be able to do well at them. Some of these businesses might be better suited for a part-time endeavor, while others (with a little luck and a lot of hard work) will allow you to devote yourself to them full-time. And who knows? Maybe they will make you millions. In any case, here are fifty opportunities.

ACCOUNTING. The “simplified” tax code has the public more confused than ever. If you are an accountant for a company, you can earn excellent part-time profits by offering tax consultation and tax preparation in your community. If you’re not trained as an accountant, you can receive education from various sources including: H&R Block, 1-800-7taxlaw; National Tax Training, Monsey, NY 10952 (their home study course costs$175.75); Federated Tax Service, 2021 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 (free info). For other information about this business, write: National Association of Accountants, Small Business Advisory, 10 Tarragon Drive, P.O. Box 433, Montvale, NJ 17645.

BUSINESS CONSULTING. Consulting is a fast growing small business, and potentially one of the most profitable. If you have worked in a particular field for many years, and feel that you have some expertise, that you can share with other businesses, you can demand respectable fees for that knowledge. Consider starting a newsletter. Advertise via direct mail to potential business customers. Explain your background, what you have to offer, and, most important, how your knowledge can increase their profits or efficiency. get more information from: Consulting Opportunities Journal, published by Consultants National Resource Center, 500 Kaetzel Road, Gapland, MD 21736.

COMPUTER CONSULTING. As the computer pervades almost every aspect of our daily lives, people need to become computer literate–or at least know how to work things. If you have basic computer knowledge as well as specific expertise with popular software (Word Perfect, Lotus 1-2-3. etc.), individuals and other businesses will find your help worth paying for. You can have clients come to your home, but they might feel more comfortable if you came to their offices or homes to work on their particular machines. Of course if you consult for business, you must go to them. Advertise in the Yellow Pages or send direct mail queries to various business offices that you know use computers. Check your local computer dealers and ask about businesses that have just bought computer systems–you KNOW they’ll need help, and the dealer usually isn’t interested in helping customers work the things once they’ve made the sale. In fact, you might be able to enter into a deal with the computer dealer in which he recommends you as a consultant. For further reading: The Computer Consultant, Schueler Communications, Inc., 208 N. Townsend Street, Syracuse, NY 13203.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING. No software package right now out of the box is going to work for a business exactly the way they want it to, so custom computer programming is often needed. Your programming ability can create a custom applications for retailers and other businesses. If this idea interests you but you don’t know programming, a home study course available from International Correspondence Schools, 925 Oak St., Scranton, PA 18508-9989.

CLOWNING. This business is no laughing matter. decent profits can be earned from doing your funny business at children’s parties and schools. Contact nursery schools, pre-kindergarten classes, and day care centers and offer your services. The schools may not be able to pay much, so birthday parties are probably your best bet. Advertise on community bulletin boards and in local shopper papers. Two publications worth getting are: Creative Clowning, Java Publishing Co.,6510 Lenham Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80918 ($16.95); and Start A Clowning Business by Donna Huff, 203 State Rd.,Sellersville, PA 18960 ($5).

DJ SERVICE. Good disk jockeys are still in demand for large parties of all kinds: birthdays, anniversaries, small weddings, office parties, dances, etc. You’ll need a large selection of popular dance tunes that covers a wide variety of tastes and styles, and quality sound equipment that is both portable and powerful enough to project throughout a large auditorium. You might consider staging your own dance weekends at a resort, charging per couple. Place ads Yellow Pages for this service.

GARAGE SALE ORGANIZER. Sure you can make some money with your own garage sale, but you can make much more by becoming a professional. You can organize and run garage sales for dozens of households in your town. Your sales pitch is that you know what sells and what doesn’t, how to price objects, how to attract customers and what to serve (such as free coffee). As the organizer, you can either charge a flat fee for your services or accept a percentage of the total take. But you must insist that you run the show, and that your decisions on pricing and display are not questioned. Look for The Garage Sale Book, $7.95 from E.A. Morgan Publishing Co., Dept IO-10, P.O. Box 1375, Huntington, NY 11743-1375. Or How To Profit from Garage Sales, $5.95 ppd. from Income Opportunities Booklets, P.O. Box 40, Vernon, NJ 074672.

HAULING, LIGHT. If you have a pickup truck, there are numerous tasks you can undertake for customers: hauling trash, dirt, appliances, lumber, etc. Advertise your services on bulletin boards and in the local Pennysaver. Suggested reading: How To Earn $15 to $50 an Hour and More with a Pickup Truck or Van by Don Lilly; available from Darian Books, 4909 W. Joyce Circle, Glendale AZ 85308; $14.45 ppd.

HOUSE SITTING SERVICE. When families stayed put, it used to be possible for some member of the family to feed the pets, water the plants, and take in the mail on those rare occasions when someone was absent from home. But in today’s mobile society, a homeowner will often have no family member living in the same town and won’t even know the neighbors. So the need for house-sitters keeps growing. You can provide that service, either as a sitter yourself, or as a manager of a group of house sitters. For a comprehensive manual on how to start and operate this business, write for How to Run A House-sitting Business by Jane Poston, 1708 E. (th St. Tucson, az 85719; $36.

LAUNDRY SERVICE. There are many services you can provide for the modern single or couple, both of whom work, and laundry is one of them. You’ll need a large capacity, heavy duty washing machine and the inclination to wash, dry and fold clothes all day. But substantial profits are there for the taking. this service might be perfect in an apartment building where the tenants must share washers and dryers. The apartment dwellers (most of who dread doing the laundry anyway) will pay for the coin-operated machine PLUS your fee. As and added service, you can offer to take clients suits, dresses, and coats to be dry cleaned, and deliver them when done.

AEROBIC INSTRUCTION. There is no end in sight to America’s penchant for fitness. If your finished basement is large enough, you can hold exercise and fitness classes for men and women in your community. If you don’t have the space, see about leasing space at local YMCA, YWCA or other such facility. Study nutrition and offer a complete package of nutrition and exercise guidance. To find out about aerobics certification, contact the Aerobics and Fitness Association, 15250 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 310, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

MUSIC INSTRUCTION. Whether or not rock and roll is to think, today’s kids are interested in music as much as ever. And they’ll always need lessons in piano, guitar, clarinet, etc. Schools usually provide some basic instructions, but instrument-specific, one-on-one instruction is always necessary. Your proficiency with a particular instrument and provide your home-based business. If your instrument is a popular enough lessons to keep you busy practically all day every day. Advertise everywhere: school and community bulletin boards, local shopper papers, and Yellow Pages.

APARTMENT RENTAL LIST. Put your home computer to use and become an apartment broker finding renters for empty apartments. Allow the apartment owner to list his rental free; your profits come from the renter who pays you for finding the space. Add a printer to your computer and you can publish a local paper of available rentals. On the flip side, you can also be an apartment locator. Students and other individuals looking for apartments can come to your for help. Apartment buildings and homes with rooms to let will gladly place their names what you.

ROOMMATE SERVICE. The growing number of unmarried Americans has led to the development of this matchup industry that is easily run from one’s home. You’ll find roommates for people who prefer not to live alone or can’t afford to. The high cost of rents and mortgages, the soaring divorce rate, and the inability of salaries to keep pace with inflation are sending more and more singles in search of roommates. For assistance in starting this type of business, contact: Roommate Referral, 8139 S. I-35, Oklahoma City, OK 73149.

ANSWERING SERVICE. When you install an extra phone line (or several depending on the size of your business) in your home, busy people can have their calls call-forward to you. You take the messages for them. the only caveat with this business is that you have to be home ALL the time (or at least during the hours that you establish) to answer the phone. A booklet entitled How to Start Your Own Telephoning Answering Service is available for $5 from E.A. Morgan Publishing Co., Dept IO-10, P.O. Box 1375. Huntington, NY 11743-1375. a newsletter called The Message is available from the Association of Telephone Answering Services, 29 W. 57th ST.,New York, NY 10019.

BABY-SITTING. The old standby is still a money-maker–even more so, in fact, because mothers are busier than ever. A more lucrative angle to baby-sitting is to become a baby sitter broker. You advertise the service in various locations, then have a number of baby sitters on call. That way, parents can always be assured of getting a sitter when they need one. As a broker, you take 10 percent of what the sitter earns. For more information: The Complete Baby-sitting Handbook, by Elizabeth James and Carol Barkin, Julian Messner, 1230 Avenue of the Americans, New York, NY 10020.

BED AND BREAKFAST/HOMESTAYS. Turn your home into a welcome haven for travelers and tourists. Unlike full fledged B&Bs’ homestays usually have one or two rooms available for paying guest. For young couples struggling to pay off mortgage, or for retired couples interested in a part-time business, homestays allow home owners to turn extra rooms into extra dollars. Of course, not every home will make a good bed and breakfast homestay. Nor all people cut out for being a B&B host/owner. A prospective host/owner should enjoy meeting all kinds of people, like to cook, enjoy entertaining visitors, keep the house clean and neat, and live in an area that is attractive to visitors. You can obtain more information from: National Bed and Breakfast Association, P.O. box 332, Norwalk, CT 06853; American Bed and Breakfast Association, P.O. Box 23294, Washington, DC 20026.

CALLIGRAPHY SERVICE. If you already know how to do calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, there’s a market for you talents among those needing special invitations, personalized greeting cards, diplomas, and certifications. You’ll need calligraphy pens or markers, available from any art supply store. The business cards you have printed up should be done,, of course, in calligraphy–it is as once a advertisement for your business and demonstration of your skills. If you don’t know how to do calligraphy, you can learn from the publication, Calligraphy For Fun & Profit, available for $9 from E.A. Morgan Publishing Co., P.O. Box 1375, Huntington, NY 11743.

CHAUFFEUR/LIMOUSINE SERVICE. Everybody wants to go in style to weddings, concerts, business meetings, even funerals. And what better way to go than a fully equipped, chauffeur-driven limousine? In the style-conscious 1990s, when image is everything, more and more people are doing it to propose marriage, celebrate an anniversary, close a business deal, or go to the theater. You as a limo provider and/or driver can cash in to the tune of $40 to $125 an hour on each car. Check with your State Department of Motor Vehicle Licensing for special license requirements. How To Start and Operate Your Own Limousine Service is available for $5.95 ppd. from Income Opportunities Booklets, P.O. Box 40, Vernon, NJ 07462.

CHILD DAY CARE CENTER. Today, when more and more mothers are working outside the home, the need for quality child care keeps increasing. It is a service that can be operated by mothers of any age–or even a retired couple. Home care providers are often regulated just as day care centers are. Call and talk with the local agency of family and children services; they can advice you on the licensing or registration requirements you will be expected to follow. These requirements cover such things as how many children you may have in your care, how much space you need for each child, and appropriate meals and snacks. They also offer classes in child care and development that you may want or may be required to attend. By registering with family and children services and following their recommendations, you can gain added credibility with your new clients. While planning a home day care service, you should do your own survey of what day care options are currently available in your area. Charge by the day or week. Rates run between $150 and $200 per month per child. Be certain of insurance regulations and your personal liability. A recommended book is SO You Want To Open A Profitable Day Care Center–by Patricia Gallagher, P.O. Box 555, Worcester, PA 19490 ($12.95).

GROCERY DELIVERY. There aren’t many grocery stores or supermarkets that deliver groceries to customers anymore, but with the increasing number of two-income families and the increasing demand on leisure time, grocery delivery is once gain needed. So why don’t you take up the slack? Here’s how you might work it; arrange with a supermarket to buy groceries at a discount (because you’re buying in quantity), and deliver them to your customers. During its first week in business, a company called Grocery Express in Memphis, Tennessee, Made seventy six deliveries–$2,600 worth of groceries, of which they kept 10 percent.

HOME HAIRSTYLIST. The elderly and otherwise homebound can always get a visiting nurse, but it’s difficult to find a hairdresser who will make house calls. There’s your opportunity if you have hairstyling skills. In the privacy of a hospital room or their home, your customers can get cuts, colors, shampoos, perms, maybe even manicures. if you want to think big, you can run an entire network of home hairstylists; licensed hairdressers and cosmetologists might agreed to work for you on an “on-call” basis.

PARTY PLANNER. Be a professional party thrower for individuals and businesses. Find the right location, arrange the entertainment, provide the food and decorations–the whole works. For supplies, contact: Part Time Inc.,395 94th Avenue, N.W., Minneapolis, MN 55433.

RESUME’WRITING. Before anyone embarks on a job search–whether he is a veteran in the work force or a college graduate–he’ll need a resume. Since resumes play such an important role in a job hunt, they demand special attention. Writing designing (choosing paper, typeface, and format), and producing them may be a job that you have a knack for doing. You may have heard about resume writing services, but never knew how they alone could sustain a business. This service, though, is something that is always in demand, can easily branch out into other forms of typing services, and requires little overhead and start-up capital. Two good books on the subject are: The Resume’Catalog: 200 Damn Good Examples by Yana Parker, Ten Speed Press, P.O. Box 7123, Berkeley, CA 94707 ($10.95): Resumes’ That Work by Tom Cowan, New American Library, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

VIDEOTAPING SERVICE. With your camcorder you can produce “mini-movies” of weddings, baptisms, bar mitzvah, family picnics, and birthday parties. Other ideas include video inventory for insurance purposes and video yearbooks for high schools and colleges. You may need more than one camera (and more than one operator) and some editing equipment for professional results. One book on the subject: How To Make Money with Your Video Camera by Ted Schwarz; Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

BOARDING PETS. When their owners go off on vacation, dogs,cats, birds and other pets require looking after. You’ll have to have the proper facilities to care for them, of course, plus a genuine love for animals. You may get more information from: American Boarding Kennel Association, 4575 Galley Road, Suite 400 A, Colorado Springs, CO 80915.

DOG GROOMING. Pet lovers who want to keep their pooches in tip-top form will be your customers. Contact: National Dog Groomers Association of American, Box 101, Clark, PA 16113. It publishes Groomers Voice and has a licensing committee.

APARTMENT/HOUSE CLEANING. Start your own maid service for apartment buildings or home residences. House cleaning is one business that doesn’t require special training. Most women and men have been doing it in their own homes for years. Today, even teenagers are providing single and team-cleaning services in their after school hours and during summer vacation. Put a listing in the Yellow Pages or in the local shopper paper, put up notices on community bulletin boards. If your service is thorough and reliable, you’ll acquire new customers through word-of-mouth. Be sure to spell out to your clients exactly what duties you will and will not perform. A manual called Operate Your Own Maid Service is available for $31.95 ppd.. from Hanneke Wasserman Ent.,Dept IO-10, 9070 Kimberly Blvd.,#205, Boca Raton, FL 33434.

AUTO TUNE-UPS. Many times, specializing in a single service can really bring in the customers. Turn your garage into a business that just performs auto tune-ups. Be careful of local zoning laws, however. If you don’t have adequate space in your garage, consider a mobile auto fix-up service (since many cars may not be in running condition to come to you anyway). You can perform tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotation, and replacement, fluid changes, and even auto cleaning, all from a well equipped van. A home study course in Automotive Servicing is available from NRI Schools, McGraw-Hill Continuing Education Center, 3939 Wisconsin Ave.,Washington, DC 20016.

BICYCLE REPAIR. If you like working with your hands, don’t mind getting dirty, and have an interest in getting paid while you learn mechanical skill, then bicycle business is where you can take a ride on the road to good part-time profits. Part-time mechanics command $25 per hour for their labor. It is not uncommon for the twenty-hour per week bicycle business to earn over $20,000 per year. And the great thing about it is you can start immediately, purchase the necessary tools, and acquire the skills as you go along. Plus, because bicycle riding is becoming increasing popular with the young and the old alike, ace mechanics will be in demand for the next century. If you are a mechanically inclined or have a good working knowledge of bicycles, then you’re all set. Make yourself know to the schools and bike clubs. If you need to learn how to repair bicycles, a manual A Bicycle Repair Business System is available from: Bicycle repair of America, P.O. Box 24106, Minneapolis, MN 55424.

CARPET CLEANING. This type of business for which the demand will never lessen. With the right kind of equipment you can “clean up” so to speak. Quality equipment is available from Von Schrader Co., 1600 Junction Avenue, Racine, WI 53403, With it you can clean carpets, walls and furniture.

CHIMNEY SWEEP. Fireplaces and wood stoves are more popular than ever, which means there’s opportunity in cleaning chimneys. In your advertising, stress that dirty fireplaces are a serious fire hazard as creosote builds up inside the chimney can combust. For supplies, contact: Copperfield Chimney Supply, 1-800-247-3305. Or write to: National Chimney Sweep Guild, P.O. Box 1078, Merrimack, NH 03050.

DRIVEWAY FINISHER. Many home owners like to have their driveways resealed and recoated with blacktop every year or every other year. But it’s a messy, time-consuming task. Hence, an opportunity for you. You’ll need a pickup in which to carry your tools, blacktop, and sealer which you can probably get at discount if you buy quantity. Ads in local papers and Yellow Pages probably work best.

FURNITURE REFINISHING/REPAIR. rockers with loose spindles, tables with wobbly legs – they can all come into your home workshop in sad condition and leave in tip-top shape. Also, people like to buy furniture from these so-called naked furniture shops with the hopes of saving some money by finishing it themselves; often, however, they never get around to it or chicken out. Perhaps you can even affiliate yourself with a naked furniture shop who will refer customers to you as a finisher.

HOUSE PAINTER. House painting is a chore most home owners need, sooner or later, but often dread. You can paint the houses yourself, but it might be more profitable to organize a group of painters to work for you. You find the clients through local advertising and hire students to do the work.

LANDSCAPING. Commercial sites as well as residential homes are in need of this service. Seed lawns, plant trees, arrange shrubs, plants, rocks, and more for a healthy fee. Some periodicals that may be of interest include: Landscape and Irrigation, P.O. Box 156, Encino, CA 91426; Western Road, Suite 250, Santa Ana, CA 92705. A related business is just lawn service in which you cut, lime, fertilize, and water lawns for a circuit of customers. Charge them by the season or per visit.

LOCKSMITH. In this security conscious day and age, a good locksmith is always in demand. And today, locksmiths are usually well versed in mathematics and basic electronics because of the many new types of locks being introduced. Without a full line equipment required to handle a wide variety of jobs, you will be limiting your total income potential. The more you invest in quality equipment, the more different jobs you can handle. Equipment and a locksmithing course are available from Foley-Belsaw Locksmiths, 6301 Equitable Rd., Kansas City, MO 64120. One report worth looking at is: How To Start your Own Mobile Locksmithing Service from E.A. Morgan Publishing Co., P.O. Box 1375, Huntington, NY 11743; $7.00.

SMALL ENGINE REPAIR. Fix small engines for lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, go-carts–anything that utilizes a small gasoline engine. If you have knowledge about small engines (or are willing to learn) you could turn that interest into extra income. The secret is to find small gas engines, buy them cheap, and resell them at a profit. Where can you find small gas engines for five dollars or less? Check out the local flea market, or ask the trash haulers to set aside lawn mowers, edgers, anything with a small gas engine for you. Pay them up to $5 a shot, depending on the condition of the items. You can learn more about small engine repair from Foley-Belsaw Institute, 6301 Equitable Rd, Kansas City, MO 64120. UPHOLSTERY REPAIR. Rather than buy new sofas, chairs, loveseats, couches, and ottomans, people would prefer to have someone like you reupholster them. The numbers practicing this skill seem to be dwindling, so there’s a real opportunity there. As apart of your services, consider the making of slip covers for the furniture. For upholstery training and tools, contact: Foley-Belsaw Institute of Upholstery, 6301 Equitable Rd.,Kansas City, MO 64120.

ADVERTISING COPYWRITER. If you are clever with words and have a good sense of salesmanship, there are many small businesses in your community which can use your services. You can write newspaper ads, brochures, radio ads, catalogs, and more. For more ideas, look for a copy of the 1990 Writer’s Market, Writers Digest Books, F&W Publications, 1507 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45207.

COURIER SERVICE. Deliver messages and packages for various businesses within your town. If you have a car, you can even offer to deliver parcels to neighboring towns and cities. How To Start and Operate Your Own Delivery Service is available for $5.95 ppd. from Income Opportunities Booklets, P.O. Box 40, Vernon, NJ 07462.

TYPING/WORD PROCESSING SERVICE. Students, businesses, legal professionals, writers and many others need reports, papers, documents, and manuscripts professionally typed. Of course it’s much easier to provide this service if you have a good word processor, small changes can easily be done without having to retype the entire document. Post ads on school bulletin boards, and send direct mail flyers to doctors, lawyers, and other businesses.

BAIT SHOP. Do you live near a well-stocked lake, river, bay or stream? Fisherman will need bait, lures, line and other equipment. You don’t have to offer all of that, of course. Just posting a sign telling fishermen you have good bait worms will bring in the profits.

BRONZING KEEPSAKES. What mother wouldn’t want a bronzed remembrance of her child’s babyhood? Bronzed baby shoes have long been cherished memento adorning mantelpieces and curio shelves. You can find customers by checking registration lists at day care centers and preschools; these kids have outgrown their first pair of shoes which are ready for bronzing. You can obtain materials and instructions from these companies: Nicholas Bronze Supply, 10555 U.S. Highway 98, Dept W488, Sebring, FL 33870; or United Bronze, Rumford, RI 02916.

FIREWOOD SALES/DELIVERY. Provide seasoned firewood by the cord or by the fraction of the cord to a growing number of buyers. One angle is to buy cords of seasoned wood, then cut it in fireplace-size logs and sell fractions of the cord to a route of clients. Tell them you can bring a fresh supply of firewood every week (or however long the wood happens to last) for a set price. You can charge for each delivery, or offer a special deal to provide wood for the whole winter.

FRAME MAKING. Make frames of all kinds for customers paintings, reprints, and posters. Stock a wide variety of wood and metal frames in your garage or finished basement. You will need framing skills and tools, as well as glass cutting skills. For added profits, you can sell posters and prints of various kinds.

GIFT BASKETS. This is one of the hottest product-oriented home businesses around. You don’t have to make the wicker baskets yourself (check your Yellow Pages for a supplier), but it is up to your taste and imagination to fill them with tempting goodies. Create baskets for all occasions–birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, births, Mother’s and Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day–or no occasion at all; “I Miss You” gift basket. Find suppliers who will sell the items in quantity for the best price. Put a variety of food items in the basket along with small gifts appropriate to the occasion: satin hearts for Valentine’s Day; a rattle, baby birth (gift baskets don’t always have to contain food) champagne for anniversaries, etc.

STAINED GLASS. Customers will pay a premium for well-executed stained glass. Many local stained glass shops offer lessons, and once you become proficient at it, you can create stained glass ornaments, gifts, even windows. A three-year program is sponsored by the Stained Glass Association of America, 8821 Bridgeport Way S.W., Tacoma, WA 98499, Attention Chairman, Education Department.

CATERING. Quality catering is more in demand than ever before. Your culinary skill can bring in lots of profits. Home study courses are available from: International Correspondence Schools, School of Catering, Oak and Pawnee Streets, Scranton, PA 18518; and NRI Schools, McGraw-Hill Continuing Education Center, 3939 Wisconsin Ave., Washington, DC 20016.

LUNCH DELIVERY. Make specialty and conventional sandwiches for delivery to hungry office workers. Create a menu of what you’re prepared to offer for lunches and distribute them to every office possible in your area–you’ll be surprised at the great number of orders you’ll get, so prepared. You may even need help in making the lunches. If you don’t want to make the lunches yourself, another angle deals with area restaurants and deli’s to provide the food–you will deliver fresh and hot. Your menu will consist of these restaurants various house specialties. The restaurants, because you’re buying in quantity will give you a discount on the food; you mark it up for your profits.







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Fighting Impunity:- Alarm Over Human Trafficking in Africa and around the World

Ugandans Dishonoured Abroad

By Zurah Nakabugo, 25 August 2013

Uganda police concerned by the number of youth stranded in human trafficking rings abroad    

An estimated 250 Ugandans annually end up stranded abroad with human trafficking rings, a police report says.

Ugandan youths are trafficked to countries like China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa, France, Canada, Iraq, with many becoming victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation. Police says human trafficking is on the rise in Uganda due to poverty and lack of employment.

“According to statistics, every month, we get reports of over [20] Ugandans stranded seeking help. If the figure is multiplied in a year, it comes to over 250 Ugandans stranded abroad every year… ,” Moses Binoga, the coordinator for Anti-Human Trafficking said in an interview on Friday.

He cautioned people who want jobs in foreign countries to avoid dealing with unregistered companies promising them juicy jobs since they are likely to be conned out of their property and money.

The ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has since released a list of registered and licensed companies allowed to take people abroad for jobs and another of unregistered, suspicious companies.

“I kindly request people to inquire with me on telephone No. 0715 411-677 or Mr Turyasiima on 0772496059 from the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, to know the licensed companies that have been authorised to take people abroad,” Binoga said.

Many local companies and some in the Middle East recruit Ugandans for domestic jobs in the Middle East.

“Ugandan housemaids in all the middle East are treated very harshly. Their passports are confiscated by their sponsors, they don’t eat the same food with their employers, they are not given medical care, work 24hrs without rest and are denied any interaction with any person outside their homes,” Binoga said.

Even when Ugandan maids realise they are being exploited, they can’t quit because laws in the Middle East don’t protect them. Most Ugandans, Binoga says, spend between six to nine months in camps before their sponsors give them air tickets to return.

“However, the governments in Middle East can also take a year or two without providing air tickets to people pending deportation because it’s not in their budget… .,” Binoga said.

Most illegal companies secure housemaid visas for people and deceive them that they would change to better jobs like teaching or engineering, hotel attendants, and supermarket workers when they reach overseas.

“When they refuse to do the work in their visas, their sponsors refuse to buy them return air tickets… ” he said.

Binoga said for prostitutes, “… they don’t have licences and they are employed by people with licences who force them to sleep with a variety of clients involuntarily… The clients don’t pay the prostitutes directly but pay their employers. Then the employers pay the prostitutes in kind like food and accommodation… ” Binoga said.


Binoga said government has renewed its crackdown on human trafficking in the country. Now, agencies involved in recruiting and exporting labour, and foreign individuals who wish to adopt children from Uganda, will have to meet more stringent requirements before they are allowed to take Ugandans to foreign countries to work, or children for adoption.

Binoga told a news conference recently that it was now mandatory for all clearing points in countries of destination, to have the same information about the labourers in a particular country of origin.

Foreigners, who plan to adopt children especially school going, will have to be cleared by the ministries of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Education and Sports and of Internal Affairs.

Status report:

“These measures are aimed at controlling child trafficking, some children are taken as if they are going for sports or are adopted and they don’t come back; such cases are fraudulent adoptions and that is what we are fighting,” Binoga said.

For the last six months, there have been 47 reports of transnational human trafficking registered by police, involving more than 250 persons as victims. Majority of victims are females aged between 20 and 30 years.

Most are taken out of Uganda or brought to Uganda through fraud, deception, debt bondage and or false promises of lucrative employment. A coordination office to prevent trafficking in persons has been opened up at the ministry of Internal Affairs with a national task force comprising of officers from 15 government ministries, departments and agencies plus representatives of the civil societies.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has been designated to spearhead investigations related to trafficking in persons.

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It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States

By Michael Snyder, on August 26th, 2013

What would you do if a police officer threatened to arrest you for trying to share a sandwich with a desperately hungry homeless woman that really needed it?  Such a notion sounds absolutely bizarre, but this is actually happening in major cities all over the United States.  More than 50 large U.S. cities have adopted “anti-camping” or “anti-food sharing” laws in recent years, and in many of these cities the police are strictly enforcing these laws.  Sometimes the goal appears to be to get the homeless people to go away.  Apparently the heartless politicians that are passing these laws believe that if the homeless can’t get any more free food and if they keep getting thrown into prison for “illegal camping” they will eventually decide to go somewhere else where they won’t be hassled so much.  This is yet another example of how heartless our society is becoming.  The middle class is being absolutely shredded and poverty is absolutely exploding, but meanwhile the hearts of many Americans are growing very cold.  If this continues, what is the future of America going to look like?
 Homeless - Photo by Andy Burgess

An organization called Love Wins Ministries made national headlines recently when police in Raleigh, North Carolina threatened to arrest them if they distributed sausage biscuits and coffee to homeless people living in the heart of the city.  Love Wins Ministries had been doing this for years, but now it is apparently illegal.  The following is from someone who was actually there

On the morning of Saturday, August, 24, Love Wins showed up at Moore Square at 9:00 a.m., just like we have done virtually every Saturday and Sunday for the last six years. We provide, without cost or obligation, hot coffee and a breakfast sandwich to anyone who wants one. We keep this promise to our community in cooperation with five different, large suburban churches that help us with manpower and funding.

On that morning three officers from Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested.

Our partnering church brought 100 sausage biscuits and large amounts of coffee. We asked the officers for permission to disperse the biscuits to the over 70 people who had lined up, waiting to eat. They said no. I had to face those who were waiting and tell them that I could not feed them, or I would be arrested.

Does reading that upset you?

It should.

And this is not just happening in Raleigh – this is literally happening all over the country.

In Orlando, Florida laws against feeding the homeless were actually upheld in court…

Since when is it illegal to give somebody food? In Orlando FL, it has been since April 2011, when a group of activists lost a court battle against the city to overturn its 2006 laws that restrict sharing food with groups of more than 25 people. The ordinance requires those who do these “large” charitable food sharings in parks within two miles of City Hall to obtain a permit and limits each group to two permits per park for a year.

That is yet another example of how corrupt and unjust our court system has become.

The funny thing is that some of these control freak politicians actually believe that they are “helping” the homeless by passing such laws.  In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has banned citizens from donating food directly to homeless shelters and he is actually convinced that it was the right thing to do for the homeless…

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again!

Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters.

Do you really think that the homeless care about the “salt, fat and fiber content” of their food?

Of course not.

They just want to eat.

It would be one thing if there were just a few isolated cities around the nation that were passing these kinds of laws.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  In fact, according to USA Today, more than 50 large cities have passed such laws…

Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

You can find many more examples of this phenomenon in one of my previous articles.

What in the world is happening to America?

The way that we treat the most vulnerable members of our society says a lot about who we are as a nation.

Sadly, it is not just our politicians that are becoming heartless.  Below, I have posted a copy of a letter that was sent to a family with a severely autistic child.  This happened up in Canada, but I think that it is a perfect example of how cold and heartless society is becoming…

Letter to family with severely autistic child

Can you believe that?

Hearts are growing cold at the same time that the need for love and compassion in our society is growing.

As I proved the other day, there has not been any economic recovery for most Americans, and a recent CNBC article echoed those sentiments…

How strong the economic recovery has been since the Great Recession ended in 2009 probably depends on viewpoint.

For those in the top 5 percent, the recovery has been pretty good.

As for the other 95 percent, well … maybe not so much.

Even though corporate profits have soared to record levels in recent years and Wall Street has boomed thanks to Federal Reserve money printing, most Americans are still really struggling.  The following very startling chart comes via Jim Quinn’s Burning Platform blog

Corporate Profits And Percentage Of US Population With A Job

The mainstream media continually insists that we are in an “economic recovery” and that the economy “is growing”, but median household income is actually 4.4 percent lower than it was when the last recession officially “ended”.

There aren’t nearly enough jobs for everyone anymore, and the quality of the jobs that do exist continues to decline at a frightening pace.

As a result, more Americans are being forced to turn to the government for help than ever before.  At this point, more than 100 million Americans are on welfare, and that does not even count programs such as Medicare or Social Security.

But nobody should ever look down on those that are getting government assistance.

The truth is that you might be next.

In fact, according to the Associated Press, four out of every five adults in the United States will “struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives”.

So don’t ever be afraid to feed the homeless or to assist someone in need.

Someday you might be the one that needs the help.

Free Advertisement for your Business – The Secret of free advertising

The opportunities for getting free advertising for your product or services are limited only by your own imagination and energies. There are so many proven ways of promoting your objectives without cost that it literally boggles the mind just to think of listing them.

One way is to write an article relative to your particular expertise and submit it to all the publications and media dealing in the dissemination of related information. In other words, become your own publicity and sales promotions writer. Get the word out; establish yourself as an expert in your field, and “tag-along” everything you write with a quick note listing your address for a catalog, dealership opportunity, or more information.

Another really good way is by becoming a guest on as many of the radio and television talk shows or interview type programs as possible. Actually, this is much easier to bring about than most people realize. Write a letter to the producer of these programs, then follow up with an in-person visit or telephone call. Your initial contact should emphasize that your product or service would be of interest to the listeners or viewers of the program–perhaps even saving them time and money.

Other ways of getting free or very inexpensive exposure include the posting of advertising circulars on all free bulletin boards in your area, especially the coin-operated laundries, grocery stores, and beauty and barber shops. Don’t discount the idea of handing out circulars to all the shoppers in busy shopping centers and malls, especially on weekends. You can also enlist the aid of the middle school students in your area to had out circulars door-to-door.

Some of the more routine methods include having a promotional ad relative to your product or service printed on the front or back of your envelopes at the time you have them printed with your return address.

Be sure to check all the publications that carry the kind of advertising you need. Many mail order publications just getting started offer unusually low rates to first-time advertisers; a free-of-charge insertion of your ad when you pay for an order to run three issues or more; or special seasonal ad space at greatly reduced rates. And there are a number of publications that will give you Per Inquiry (PI) space–arrangement where all orders come in to the publication, they take a commission from each order, and then forward the orders on to you for fulfillment.

Many publications will give you a contract for space. In this arrangement you send them your ad, and they hold it until they have unsold space, and then at a price that’s always one third or less the regular price for the space need, insert your ad. Along these lines, be sure to check in with the suburban neighborhood newspapers.

If you send out or publish any kind of catalog or ad sheet, get in touch will all the other publishers and inquire about the possibilities of exchange advertising. They run your ad in their publication in exchange for your running an ad for them of comparable size in yours.

Finally, there’s nothing in the world that beats the low cost and tremendous exposure you get when you advertise a free offer. Simply run an ad offering a free report of interest to most people— a simple one page report with a “tag-line” inviting the readers to send money for more information, with a full page advertisement for your book or other product on the backside. Ask for a self-addressed stamped envelope, and depending on the appeal for your report and circulation of the publication in which your ad appears, you could easily be inundated with responses!

The trick here, of course, is to convert all these responses, or a large percentage of them, into sales. This is done via the “tag-line,” which issues an invitation to the reader to send for more information, and the full page ad on the back of the report, and other offers you include with the complete package you send back to them. As mentioned at the beginning of this report, it’s just a matter of unleashing your imagination. Do that, and you have a powerful force working for you that can help you reach your goals.







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Put Your Money in Stocks – Ron Paul’s portfolio obviously shows that this man puts his money where his mouth is.

Revealed: An Inside Look At Ron Paul’s Portfolio

By Michael Vodicka (StreetAuthority | Original Link)
Ron Paul is a lot like licorice; not everyone likes him, but the ones who do really like him.
The former Texas congressman built his reputation and loyal following by taking strong positions on a number of controversial issues.

The first is his desire to audit and eliminate the Federal Reserve. Paul is a free-market capitalist and doesn’t believe a centrally controlled, non-elected entity should have the ability to dictate interest rates and change the trajectory of the economy.

Paul has also expressed deep concerns about the U.S. dollar, which is not backed by any physicalasset, and has been steadily devaluing against other currencies since 2001 under growing domestictrade deficits.

Finally, Paul is also worried about the possibility of massive inflation. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics’ Consumer Price Index has yet to show any serious signals of inflation, with central banks around the world fully committed to monetary stimulation, the devaluation of fiat currency is a very real consideration for many investors.

But unlike many politicians simply tickling populist fancy, after taking a look at Paul’s portfolio, it’s obvious the man puts his money where his mouth is.

The typical congressional portfolio might have 10% incash, 10% in bonds, 20% in real estate and 60% in stocksor stock funds, according to The Wall Street Journal.

But Paul has taken a radically different approach.

His 21% allocation to real estate looks pretty normal. So does his 14% allocation in cash. But where he parts ways with his congressional brethren is the remaining 64% of his portfolio, which is invested in gold- and silver-mining stocks. Adding to his contrarian style, his 1% allocation to stocks funds are invested in “short” funds, a bet against future stock gains.

Here is a list of 15 gold- and silver-mining stocks that Paul owns in descending order from largest to smallest market cap.

From the group, I have chosen to highlight Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) because of its historically low valuation and Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW) because of its low valuation and unique business model.

Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) Barrick Gold is the largest gold miner in the world, with a market cap of $19.5 billion and owning four of the world’s 10 largest gold mines. Much like other gold and mining stocks, Barrick has been under pressure during the past year, with shares down 47%.

But in the meantime, Barrick’s earnings have held strong, with analysts looking for earnings of $3.89 a share in 2012 and $4.90 a share in 2013, a bullish 26% growth projection. The downtrend in the face of strong earnings has pushed Barrick deep into value territory. The stock is trading at just eight timesforward earnings, a sharp discount to its 10-year average of 19 and its peer average of 19.

Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW) Silver Wheaton has a different business model from other miners in that it is technically a “silver streaming” company. This means Silver Wheaton purchases the by-product silver production of a mine that it does not own or operate, allowing the owner/operator of the mine to receive an upfront payment and focus on its target metal (usually gold). This creates a mutually-beneficial relationship between the companies involved, because it gives Silver Wheaton the option to purchase silver at predetermined prices, while the owner/operator of the mines are able to monetize the value of its future, non-core silver production. This unique business model has lifted Silver Wheaton to a rare gain against its peers, with shares up roughly 15% in the past few months.

But in spite of these gains, shares till look undervalued, trading at 22 times forward earnings, a discount to the 10-year average of 25 and its peer group average of 44.

Risks to Consider: Most gold-mining stocks have sharply underperformed gold prices in the past two years, driving big losses for investors choosing to invest in gold miners as opposed to bullion or spotprices through exchange-traded funds like SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD) and PowerShares DB Gold Double Long (NYSE: DGP).

Action to Take –> If you are concerned the Fed’s recent actions, weakness in the dollar and inflation, then it’s time to take a page from Ron Paul’s portfolio and consider gold and silver miners. And while I wouldn’t recommend the same allocation as Paul has, I do like Barrick and Silver Wheaton for most portfolios.

The former Texas congressman is considered a political renegade, fueling what some analysts call the craziest portfolio they have ever seen.

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RISE FOR JUSTICE – Ending the Impunity Globally

Rise 4 Justice in Afghanistan: Malalai Joya & Eve Issue Joint Statement

On 14 February 2014, V-Day, along with women, men, and youth around the world will RISE FOR JUSTICE, focusing the worlds attention on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and ending the rampant impunity that prevails globally.  As we move towards 14 February, we are reminded daily of this impunity and the need to escalate our efforts and harness our collective power and imagination.

Today, Afghan activist Malalai Joya and V-Day Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler are RISING FOR JUSTICE for Shakila, a 16-year-old Afghan girl who, on 22 January 2012 was raped and murdered by Wahidi Behishti, a warlord member of the provincial council of Bamian province in Afghanistan.

Malalai and Eve Ensler have released a joint statement calling for the prosecution of Wahidi Behishti for this crime to the full extent of Afghan law, and for the international media, human rights organizations, and global citizens to “no longer standby and allow these crimes to take place with complete impunity” and to “tell and investigate Shakila’s story.”

The Role of the International Criminal Court in Ending Impunity and Establishing the Rule of Law
By Sang-Hyun Song 31.12.2012
“Determined to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the International Community as a whole and thus contribute to the prevention of such crimes”
Preamble of the Rome Statute
On 24 September 2012, the United Nations General Assembly held a High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels during which numerous delegates spoke about the importance of the International Criminal Court (ICC). In the Declaration adopted at the meeting, States recognized “the role of the International Criminal Court in a multilateral system that aims to end impunity and establish the rule of law”.1 In my remarks to the Assembly on 1 November 2012, I welcomed this statement, which echoed many earlier characterizations of the Court’s role.2
The crux of the ICC role lies in enforcing and inducing compliance with specific norms of international law aimed at outlawing and preventing mass violence.
Confronted with the extensive perpetration of unspeakable atrocities after the Second World War, the international community articulated an unparalleled call for justice. It sought to put an end to such crimes through, inter alia, the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the four Geneva Conventions and the Nuremberg Principles.
However, in the absence of credible enforcement mechanisms, violations of international humanitarian law continued with glaring impunity. In response, the international community decided to take joint action by creating an interconnected system of international justice to prevent impunity for the worst atrocities known to mankind. On 17 July 1998, this vision materialized when States adopted a multilateral treaty called the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, under the auspices of the United Nations. With the entry into force of the Rome Statute on 1 July 2002, the first permanent international criminal court, the ICC, came into being.
The ICC contributes to the fight against impunity and the establishment of the rule of law by ensuring that the most severe crimes do not go unpunished and by promoting respect for international law. The core mandate of the ICC is to act as a court of last resort with the capacity to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes3 when national jurisdictions for any reason are unable or unwilling to do so. As of November 2012, the ICC is seized of 14 cases in seven country situations, involving a total of 23 suspects or accused.4 Three of the investigations in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic resulted from referrals made by the States themselves; two situations in Darfur, Sudan and Libya were referred to the ICC Prosecutor by the United Nations Security Council, and the last two investigations in Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire were initiated by the Prosecutor proprio motu, with the authorization of the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC. In addition, the Prosecutor is currently conducting preliminary examinations into eight situations.5
The Rome Statute and the ICC have made particular advances in combating impunity in relation to crimes against children and women. The Rome Statute extensively codifies such acts and requires the organs of the ICC to have particular expertise on violence against women and children. In fact, gender crimes were featured in the vast majority of ICC cases to date.
The ICC’s first verdict was issued on 14 March 2012 and the first sentence on 10 July 2012 in the Lubanga case,6 where child soldiers under the age of 15 were conscripted, enlisted and used to actively participate in hostilities in the DRC. Charges relating to the use of child soldiers are also featured in several other ICC cases, and the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict has assessed that “these indictments serve as a useful deterrent against child recruitment in situations of armed conflict”.7
As the then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated in 2004, the ICC makes an impact by “putting would-be violators on notice that impunity is not assured […]”.8 Where tensions arise, announcing publicly that the ICC is following the situation can be a powerful way to warn any potential perpetrators that they could be held liable for their actions. Moreover, it can draw local as well as international attention to the situation and induce the relevant national and other stakeholders to take necessary action to defuse the crisis. Not long ago, a minister from one of the States Parties to the Rome Statute told me that the possibility of an ICC intervention was a major factor that helped prevent large-scale violence in the context of the country’s elections.
Even where the ICC’s intervention is required, it does not necessarily have to lead to trials before the ICC. An ICC investigation may instead prompt the relevant national authorities to investigate the alleged crimes in an expeditious manner and to prosecute the suspected perpetrators in domestic courts.
The ICC reduces impunity not only by punishing perpetrators, but also by allowing victims to participate in the judicial proceedings and to apply for reparations.9 These are novel, progressive features in international criminal proceedings that empower victims and bring retributive and restorative justice closer together. As of November 2012, the ICC has received more than 12,000 applications for participation in the proceedings, the majority of which have been accepted. Its first decision on reparations for victims was issued on 7 August 2012.10
A related and innovative aspect of the Rome Statute system was the creation of the Trust Fund for Victims, which has the dual mandate of implementing court-ordered reparations as well as providing assistance to victims and their families irrespective of judicial decisions. Currently, over 80,000 beneficiaries receive assistance from the Trust Fund and its local and international partners. In responding to the particular needs of victimized individuals by enabling them to regain their place within their communities and to rebuild sustainable livelihoods, the Trust Fund is becoming an increasingly visible presence on the nexus between justice and development.11
The Rome Statute created not only a court, but also a new international legal system consisting of the ICC as well as the national jurisdictions of each State Party. Within this system, States have the primary responsibility to investigate and prosecute Rome Statute crimes. In his 2004 report, Mr. Annan noted that “the Court is already having an important impact by […] serving as a catalyst for enacting national laws against the gravest international crimes”.12 Indeed, the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute has repeatedly stressed the importance of national implementation of the Statute and of strengthening the capacity of national jurisdictions and has considered ways to achieve those goals. Recently, discussions on these issues, under the Rome Statute concept of complementarity, have been multiplied in many forums among a wide range of stakeholders, notably the United Nations, interested States and civil society.
Without the rule of law, impunity reigns. By punishing violations of international legal norms and by promoting adherence to these norms, the ICC and the wider Rome Statute system play an important part in advancing the rule of law, thereby reducing impunity. This role is critical given the nature of the specific norms that the Rome Statute concerns—norms aimed at preventing crimes which “threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world”.13 The acts and omissions which fall under its jurisdiction are so heinous, so destructive, that every effort towards their prevention is worthwhile. Accountability is important not only for the sake of the past, but for the future as well. Where impunity is left unaddressed, it provides fertile ground for the recurrence of conflicts and repetition of violence.
In order to effectively perform its mandate, the ICC needs the support and cooperation of States.14 The international community has, on multiple occasions, declared its determination to end impunity for the gravest crimes, and cooperation with the ICC is a concrete way to give effect to that objective. As the ICC has no police force of its own, it requires States’ cooperation for the enforcement of its orders and is entirely reliant upon them for the execution of its arrest warrants. Unfortunately, several suspects subject to ICC arrest warrants have successfully evaded arrest for many years, defying the international community’s attempts to establish the rule of law at the international level. Political will to bring these persons to justice is crucial.
The Rome Statute system has changed the way the world looks at grave crimes under international law. With the arrival of a permanent international court to prosecute such crimes, national jurisdictions have simultaneously been encouraged and empowered to prevent impunity. As of 1 July 2012, the Rome Statute has 121 State Parties that have fully endorsed the new justice paradigm centred on the ICC. An additional 32 States have signed, but not yet ratified the Statute. I wholeheartedly endorse the General Assembly’s call upon States not yet party to the Rome Statute to consider joining the ICC.15 The universality of the Rome Statute would not only extend its legal protection to people everywhere, but it would also increase the equality of perpetrators before the law.
The long-term value of the ICC and the Rome Statute system lies in both the punishment of perpetrators and the prevention of future crimes. There is already evidence that it has made a significant contribution in this regard. As it enters its second decade, the ICC remains firmly committed to bringing an end to impunity and upholding the rule of law, inspired by the common values of humanity that the Court shares with the United Nations. ❖
1 – Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, A/67/L.1, 19 September 2012.

2 – See e.g., “The International Criminal Court offers new hope for a permanent reduction in the phenomenon of impunity” and the establishment of the ICC is “[u]ndoubtedly the most significant recent development in the international community’s long struggle to advance the cause of justice and the Rule of Law”, Report of the Secretary-General, 23 August 2004, S/2004/616, para. 49; “The Security Council notes that the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes of international concern has been strengthened through the work of the International Criminal Court […]”, Statement by the President of the Security Council, 26 June 2010, S/PRST/2010/11; “the members of the Security Council recall the contribution of the […] International Criminal Court […] in the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community”, Security Council Press Statement on the contribution of courts and tribunals in the fight against impunity, 5 July 2012, SC/10700.

3 – And the crime of aggression, once the relevant Rome Statute amendments come into force.

4 – In addition, four other suspects have appeared before the ICC, but the Pre-Trial Chamber declined to confirm the charges against them on account of insufficient evidence to justify a trial. A further two suspects died while at large. See full details at

5 – Afghanistan, Colombia, Georgia, Guinea, Honduras, Korea, Mali and Nigeria.

6 – The Prosecutor vs. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Judgment pursuant to Article 74 of the Statute, Trial Chamber I, 14 March 2012, ICC-01/04-01/06-2842; The Prosecutor vs. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Decision on Sentence pursuant to Article 76 of the Statute, Trial Chamber I, 10 July 2012, ICC-01/04-01/06-2901. The Judgment and Sentence are currently under appeal.

7 – Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, A/67/256, 6 August 2012.

8 – Report of the Secretary-General, 23 August 2004, S/2004/616, para. 49.

9 – Impunity has been defined as “the impossibility, de jure or de facto, of bringing the perpetrators of violations to account—whether in criminal, civil, administrative or disciplinary proceedings—since they are not subject to any inquiry that might lead to their being accused, arrested, tried and, if found guilty, sentenced to appropriate penalties, and to making reparations to their victims” [Emphasis added]. Updated Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights through action to combat impunity, 8 February 2005, E/CN.4/2005/102/Add.1, p. 6.

10 – The Prosecutor vs. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Decision establishing the principles and procedures to be applied to reparations, Trial Chamber I, 7 August 2012, ICC-01/04-01/06-2904. The decision is currently under appeal.

11 – On the connection between justice and development more broadly, see e.g., World Development Report 2011, “Conflict, Security and Development”.

12 – Report of the Secretary-General, 23 August 2004, S/2004/616, p. 16.

13 – See Preamble to the Rome Statute of the ICC.

14 – The importance of cooperation with the ICC was stressed in the Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, A/67/L.1, 19 September 2012, para. 23.

15 – Ibid.

Protecting Children & Youth from Child Abuse and Women from Domestic Abuse

We are blessed in America to have venues, almost  in every county around the U.S. of America, that will protect and help children as well as women from Abuse and Violence. With that said, we shouldn’t forget that abuse can also happen against men by women too.  But for now, our concerns should be to protect our children, the next generation that will uphold the constitution of our beautiful country and the well being of it’s citizens. To do so we must stop Domestic Abuse in every form that exists within our households, if we do so, much attention will be spent on raising our children correctly and preventing child abuse.

What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse is an ongoing pattern of controlling behaviors used to physically, emotionally, sexually, and psychologically exert power over a current or former intimate partner or family member. Here is a diagram explaining or showing the cyclical nature of the abuse.  

Abuse is often cyclical in nature and will not go away. It usually gets worse and increases in frequency over time.

Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County has 24 hour hotline that will help families. Abuse is NEVER your fault. go here to learn more


In every state of our beautiful America there are Human Service Departments; within these departments there are services specifically designed to help Children and Youth who are abuse and neglected. (CYS) Children and Youth Services investigates all allegations of child abuse and neglect, as mandated by state law, including allegations of intra-familial child sexual abuse. In all cases, the mission of CYS is to provide for the immediate safety and protection of children, to keep children with their own families whenever possible, to provide temporary, substitute care for children when necessary and to reunite children with their families as quickly as possible after placement. CYS provides a wide range of services to abused and neglected children from birth to age 18, and their families. CYS also provides services to adolescents who are at severe risk due to their behavior or that of their parent.              Two regional CYS offices serve Delaware County families according to the school district in which the child resides. The exception is the Child Sexual Abuse Center, which serves the entire county.

  • Upper Darby Office: 610-713-2000
  • Chester Office: 610-447-1000
  • Sexual Abuse Center: 610-891-5258

We all have obligations to raise our children right, to give our children a chance to have better lives than we have experienced; and it all start with us stopping Domestic Abuses so that our Children can be protected also from Abuses and neglect.


Flexible hours, Promising salary. Holidays negotiable. Be your own boss. No experience necessary.
If you spotted the above ad in the Help Wanted section of your local newspaper would you laugh, “Too good to be true”? But it is true! Have you always said, “I’d never have the money or the skill to start my own business.” But you do! One of the easiest businesses to start and operate requires very little money. The
only necessary skills are patience, time, and lots of love. The business? Pet-sitting!
Jackie McDonald owner of Jackie’s Pals in Houston, Texas, started her pet-sitting business after working eight years in a doctor’s office. “I wanted to do something I enjoy,” she says. “I love animals and I find this work is very calming.” Mcdonald spoke with other pet-sitters in her area and discovered how busy they all were. She felt her neighborhood could support another pet-sitter. She was right. Mcdonald just completed a very busy and successful holiday season.
Pet-sitting involves going into someone’s home and caring for a pet when the owner isn’t available. The service can include plant watering and mail and newspaper pick-up. The focus, however, is on the animal. Pet-sitting saves a client and the animal the aggravation of dealing with a kennel. Clients expect a
variety of services: feeding, watering, liter box cleaner, pill giving, and especially some Tender Loving Care for a lonely animal who misses its master.
Owning a pet-sitting business has many of the same advantages of owning any business–you are your own boss, you set your own hours (depending on the number of clients you serve per day), and
your paycheck will be limited only by your willingness to work.
McDonald especially enjoys the flexible hours. “I also work out of my home,” she says, “and that’s a big advantage,” Another advantage of pet-sitting is the opportunity of getting to know some real characters: Missy, the cat that only eats facing north (a real example, believe it or not), or Rufus, the blue-footed
Amazon parrot who refuses to stay in a cage. Your list will be endless. McDonald describes the pleasure she finds in meeting both pets and their owners, “Ninety-nine percent of the people are very nice. Most are concerned about their pets or they wouldn’t call me. And the animals love me no matter what.”
As with any business,pet-sitting has a few disadvantages as well. If the business is to succeed, long hours and hard work is necessary. “this is not a get rich-quick scheme,” McDonald says. Holidays will be especially busy. Servicing fifteen pets, each two times a day is not an unreasonable expectation. This doesn’t leave much time for football viewing on New Year’s Day. Unless you’re a real animal lover some of the tasks can be unpleasant: Who wants to clean a litter box twice a day for two weeks? But that wildly wagging tail or the purr of a lonely animal that greets you at the door does make it worth the trouble. So do those paychecks at the end of the Christmas holidays. “you must truly love animals,” McDonald advises, “or you won’t enjoy this business.”
Start-up costs for pet-sitting business are small. Expenses can be divided into three categories: marketing, insurance, and transportation. Initial outlay can be as little as $200 or as much as 4300 if you choose to pay for a visit to an accountant. That isn’t a bad idea. An accountant can explain tax laws and policies governing this type of business. In some states, for example, he or she will tell you not to charge sales tax because you perform a service that is not taxable.
Although most clients will come your way by word of mouth, invest in a few marketing tools. Business cards are essential. Costing anywhere from $25 to $50, business cards can be placed anywhere
pets are found–pet shops and vet clinics. Because most vet clients have kennel facilities, some may not allow you to place your card with them. Establish a relationship with a vet in your area, though, and he or she will begin to recommend you when the kennel facility is full. Design a flyer and place copies on
community bulletin boards, church bulletin boards, at the grocery store, and any other place you can think of. “Welcome-to-the-community” associations may be willing to give your card to new residents, too. Keep trying to get your business known. People will be delighted with this service when they hear that you are a top quality pet-sitter. If you can afford it, buy an answering machine. Once your business is booming, you’ll need one to take all your business calls.
Clients will ask if you are bonded. This means that an insurance company finds you trustworthy and is willing to put this in writing. An insurance policy protects the homes you enter. If something is broken while you are there, your policy will cover it. Being bonded, however does not protect against damage to pets while in your care. With this type of policy, your premium increases as your business increases. Initially your coverage cost $100 per year. As you client list increases, you can pay as much as $500 per year. Being bonded, however, is worth the expense. Clients are more likely to use your service if they know you’re backed by an insurance company.
Keep a log of business miles traveled in your car. Also keep track of gas and auto expenses. These are all tax deductible.
What are the mechanics involved with pet-sitting? When a client calls, arrange a meeting before his departure. This gives you an opportunity to see the pet, familiarize yourself with the routine, and get a key. The client also gets to check you out and give instructions. Appear professional. Have a printed
instruction sheet ready for the client to complete. Include space for emergency phone numbers and vet information. Also include a section on pet preferences. A pet whose routine has no disruptions is a much happier one when his master returns. The master will be satisfied and you’ll reap the benefits by gaining
a repeat client.
“Suggest that clients limit changes to a pet’s routine,” McDonald advises. the pet will be happier and easier to care for. Provide references to all clients who ask. When you’re just starting out, ask a neighbor whose cat you’ve fed once or twice if she’ll be a reference. Most clients won’t call references, but will be wary if you’ve got no one to vouch for you. An important note here: ask clients to be specific about when they’ll returning. Have them call you when they do get home. Avoid the disaster of one pet-sitter who clients was three days delayed and whose cat went unfed for that time. When you return your clients key you pickup your payment.
Determining a fee is a personal matter. McDonald consulted other pet-sitters in the area to determine an appropriate charge. fees range anywhere form $5 to $10 per visit. Some pet-sitters charge more for initial visit and less for subsequent visits. The fee will also depend on the number of pets involved and the amount of trouble they will be. Obviously the household with three cats, a turtle, two birds, and a hamster should be charged more than the one with a single dog. Decide in advance what your limits are,
too. If you don’t care to feed, water, and brush a horse each day be prepared to say no. Once your business takes off, one turned down request won’t affect you.
A wide variety of people will use a pet-sitting service. Certainly vacationers will be a number-one market. Therefore, holiday times will be extremely busy. Some people own pets but have little time to spend with them–couples who both work full-time, and singles who travel.
A few words of advice and notes of caution:
* Be prepared for a mess. Bored animals are messy little things. They knock over plants, break vases, and chew furniture. Although yours is not a house-cleaning service, your clients will appreciate your efforts to tidy things up.
* Follow your client’s instructions to the letter. Even if no one but you knows Fido ate exactly at 6 P.M., do what is asked. Owners can detect when a pet’s routine has gone wary.
* Pregnant women should be aware of a condition known as toxoplasmosis. caused by a parasitic organism found in cat feces, toxoplasmosis can cause severe damage to a fetus. Pregnant women should use extreme caution when disposing of cat feces or else wait until after the baby is born to start a pet-sitting
* Expect a few complainers. Most clients will love you. Some, however will be annoyed that Fifi’s nails grew too long while she was in your care, or that Bucky seems listless since their return.
A pet-sitting business is an easy one to start. The only requirement is a real love for animals. You will find that people are quite interested in your service and are more than willing to pay for it. McDonald sums it up this way: “this is a very time consuming business. But I really enjoy it and I’ve learned from
it. You’re certainly compensated and it is very satisfying.”











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Here’s a business you can start for virtually nothing, and parlay into a million dollar enterprise in five years or less. Many established resume writing services in the large metropolitan areas are reporting annual incomes of $250,000 or more. Even the smaller operations, in towns as small as 15,000 are experiencing sales of $50,000 or more.
No special knowledge, education or experience are required for total success in this business. An awareness of the general format of the “modern resume,” and the ability to keep material are about the only prerequisites to successfully operate a resume writing service.
Probably the most exciting and motivational aspects of this business idea are the low investment and risk factors involved, and the growing demand for resume service. Up until the past couple of years, few in any Americans really had to look for jobs. People in general have either forgotten how to look for a
new job, or never knew how in the first place.
Since the start of the World War II, back in 1941, the American worker has been spoiled by an affluent society and an ideal market for the job seeker. Usually, all he had to do whenever he lost a job or wanted to change jobs was to report in to local branch of his local employment service office, check in at his union office, look at the want ads in the Sunday paper, or call a few friends and ask about job openings.
But no more! Times have changed! There are fewer jobs and an increasing number of people applying for those jobs that are available. Just recently, the post office department in a large west coast city advertised that applications would be accepted on two days only, 600 up coming openings. Would you believe that twenty thousand applicants showed up to fill out applications? Can you image the post office personnel people reviewing all those applications, and then interviewing all those people, according to the fair employment practices act?
On another day, word got out that there was going to be an opening for a fork lift driver at a local warehouse. Fifteen hundred men and women showed up even before the job was advertised! Times are tough, and we’re moving deeper into the age of specialization. Employers are demanding to know more about the
applicant–his work record, natural talents and personality traits. They want the cold facts on the application form.
Personnel managers are placing a higher premium on their time, and delegating to others the job of “weeding out” the unqualified applicants from those whose backgrounds and goals come closest to fitting the needs of the company.
To get in to see the person doing the hiring nowadays, the job applicant has to “sell the short-stopper,” and that calls for a professionally written resume. More and more firms are demanding resumes. Industry estimates are that by the year 2000, most of the jobs worth having will require a written resume before even an initial interview is granted.
And that’s where you can fit into the picture your Professional Resume Writing Service. Probably 80 percent of the people searching for jobs don’t have a resume. Of the 20 percent who do have resumes, many are ineffective; they simply do adequately present the applicant’s total qualifications.
Everyone–with or without a resume–is looking for this key: A professionally written resume, a sales presentation of their qualifications and experience that will get the job for them–the job they want. The job hunters are wound up in their own specialties and problems. They don’t know how, and they don’t
have the time—AND they’re willing to pay you to put it all together for them. Just as you’re willing to pay a doctor, dentist or investment broker, those who need a resume are willing to pay you for this service. The market exists in every city and town in this country, and the demand for this service is growing daily. Your opportunity for success beyond your fondest dreams has been greater! The brass ring is here! Grab it, and hold on!
You’ll need a modern, professional quality typewriter. You can begin, and perhaps get by for a month or so, with a top quality portable, but do yourself and your business a favor: Arrange to rent, lease or buy monthly payments if necessary, the best machine for the quality of work that will command top dollars for
Setting up and operating from your home will be the most economical way to begin. In addition to your typewriter, you should have a typewriter stand, typist chair, adjustable long-arm lamp, and a file cabinet. However, just as you can make do with a portable typewriter for a month or so, you can get by for starters with a kitchen table at your dining room table.
To prepare yourself properly, invest in a good book on how to write “job winning” resumes. Select a book which discusses both the cover letter and format of the body of the resume. The most important part of any resume package is the cover letter the applicant sends as part of the resume. This letter states the
specific job the applicant is applying for, explains why he believes he is qualified, and pointedly asks for an interview. In most cases, you’ll be able to provide an “all purpose form letter” which your client can adapt to any position that interest him. More later about actual writing of the resume and the cover
The format and style of the body of the resume are the items you want to learn from this book. Resumes of today generally follow this outline:
1. Name
2. Address
3. City, State, zip
4. Phone number
5. Type of job or position wanted
6. Goals and/or desires in life.
7. Job history, starting with current or last job held
8. Special courses, education or training completed
9. Military History
10. Formal Education
11. Activities while attending school: athletics, offices, awards
12. Hobbies and special interest
13. Notation that names business and personal references will be furnished on request.
14 Availability
15. Health
Once you’ve organized with space and equipment, you’re ready for business. All that’s necessary from this point on will be advertising, client interviewing, and producing the final product.
Your advertising needs, in comparison with many other businesses, need not cost you an exorbitant amount of money. It should, however, be consistent and eye-catching.
You should contact your area’s widely read newspaper and arrange to run a one-column by one inch ad every day for the next six months to twelve months. By purchasing your ad space on a daily insertion basis, and over at least six month period, your rate will be much lower than the rate charged for shorter contracts.
Your newspaper ad might read something like this:
A complete, Professional Service
…that results in jobs!
Phone 123-4567
Aside from an ad in the newspaper, and perhaps a similar one in your area shoppers’ papers, the only other advertising efforts you should worry about are those that don’t cost money—free
bulletin board announcements, radio and television talk show interviews, and low cost flyers, circulars or brochures that describe your services.
One method of gaining business exposure which is most often overlooked is the radio and television talk show interview. Call the broadcast stations in your area and get the names of the producers of these talk shows. Then write them a letter explaining your services, and how you believe an appearance on
their program could be educational and beneficial to their audiences. Include a brochure with your letter, give them a call on the phone, and ask them to consider an interview with you.
Another area to explore for free publicity is a guest speaker for your civic clubs. For these, simply write out a speech emphasizing the need for a resume and the proper way to write one that will result in a job for the job seeker. Explain the growing trend of employers to use the resume as a screening device, and the fact that a well written resume can get a better job for someone when there are seemingly no openings. Don’t be afraid to explain what goes into a professionally written resume. Many of the people listening to you—if you sell them they don’t have the time or know-how, and because you’ll have the reputation of an “expert” after having spoken before their club. Basically, people are lazy in this respect, and would rather pay someone else to do something than to take the time to learn how and do it
themselves. Once you spread the word that you’re in the business of preparing resumes for people looking for work or wanting better jobs, you’ll have no trouble at all keeping busy!
Your brochure can be as simple as a Z-folded 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper. It should describe your services, emphasize your professionalism, fast service and reasonable cost. It would be best to have your story typeset and laid out in three columns down the width of the paper.
Most quick print shops can handle all this for you, at a nominal cost. Once you’ve had your brochures printed, leave off a supply with your area high school and college counselors, vocational and trade school placement directors, and with as many private employment agencies as will take them.
When a prospective clients call you, simply explain your services and prices, and set up an appointment for them to meet with you. For this it’s best to prepare a script, which might read like
YOU, answering the phone : Good morning! Midwest Resume Service.
May I help you?
CLIENT: Yes, I’m calling about your ad in the paper.
YOU: Oh yes, and thank you for calling. Let me explain our
services. We’re professional resume writers–we interview job
seekers such as yourself–learn the important features of their
backgrounds as those features apply in helping us to write a
resume that will land them the job they’re looking for. Then we
assemble all this information into a winning presentation, type
it out, give you the original plus 50 copies and a cover letter
(which you can modify as necessary on your home typewriter and
have copied each time you submit a resume). Your cost is only
$50, and usually we can have everything ready for you within
three or four days. Now, does that sound like what you had in
CLIENT: Yes! That’s just what I had in mind. When can we get
together and start the ball rolling?
YOU: How about this afternoon at 3:15 or would tomorrow morning
at say 9:45 be better for you? We’re located at 600 North Main
Street. Are you familiar with the area?
CLIENT: Yes, I know the area, no problem. This afternoon at 3:15
will be fine.
YOU: Good! Now, let me have your name and phone number please.
CLIENT: Gives his name and phone number.
YOU: All right, Bob, we’ll look forward to seeing you this
afternoon at 3:15.
You now have a client, and an appointment to interview him for background information in order to put together a resume that can result in a job for him. Be sure you’re prepared with a “researcher’s questionnaire,” to guide you in the questions to ask.
Type your resume format on a separate sheet paper, numbering each question you want an answer to, or subject you want to cover. This of course serves as a “master” which you duplicate and use as the researcher’s questionnaire guide.
For each interview, take one of these “interview guides” and an ordinary yellow legal tablet, and start asking questions. Identify each page of notes with a number or subject matter from the resume format, and use a separate page of the tablet for each subject and each job the client may have had.
The interview should be relaxed, with the client doing most of the talking. However, you should control the interview and take notes as the client gives you the information you need. Be confident, but friendly. Maintain your confidence and ask leading questions that elicit complete, revealing responses. Take your time, and “listen” to what the client ISN’T telling you as well as what he IS telling you. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to find out all there is to know about your client in twenty minutes or less. Look ahead to the day when you have employees working for you.
Develop your interviewing techniques to a state of maximum efficiency for your business, and then record three or four interviews for use in training your employees. You should also reproduce several examples of completed resumes and put them into an instruction book for study by new employees.
After the interview, you need to interpret your notes and type the information into a resume. This would be easy because you’ve gathered the details in sequence with your resume format.
Familiarity with format writing style makes the task of putting everything into finished form quite simple. At the very least, a quick course in resume writing will be necessary. Check out a book on the subject from your local library. The important thing to remember is to drop the “I’s” and write in a kind of note taking reportorial style: “Hired as entry level shipping clerk. Recognized need for
organization on the loading dock to eliminate congestion. Suggested designated spaces for incoming and outgoing shipments. This program was adopted and immediately eliminated congestion of trucks and decreased overtime requirements, with an estimated savings of $700 per week for the company. Promoted to Line Expediter after six months..”
Don’t put a time limit on the amount of time you devote to each client, but once you’re organized and established, the interview through the finished resume shouldn’t take more than an hour or two.
After you have the resume typed, call the client in to check it over and approve it. In almost every case, he’ll be very favorably impressed and ready to go with anything you suggest.
The secret is in the quality of your work–a modern typewriter with good type, clean paper and error free copy. So, you explain to your client that his resume will make more favorable impression on the prospective employer when it is printed on better quality paper. Suggest to him that you have it
printed for him on colored “offset” paper instead of ordinary bond. Ivory, tan or blue shades are desirable. For the really expensive-looking resume, suggest that it be printed on 11×17
paper, and then folded in half to make a kind of “book” about the client.
The charges for your service should be about $50 for the interview, original resume, 50 copies on white bond paper, and an universal cover letter. For colored offset paper, or 11×17 sized sheets, check current rent prices at your print shop. You should pass those costs onto your client, plus a nominal service charge of $5 or so. Also explain to your client that you can up date or add to his resume whenever the need arises, and for this service you charge $10, plus the cost of printing as many copies as he
Now for the cover letter—probably the most important part of any resume submitted for job consideration. The first thing to ask your client regarding the cover letter is if he intends to submit his resumes in answer to advertised positions, or if he intends to “shot-gun” them out to possible employers. According to his stated plan, you simply use one of the two general forms for cover letters.
And that’s it—the basics you need for starting your own highly profitable resume service. A couple of things always to bear in mind: Your success will be directly related to the quality of the finished product you put out. Learn to do it right, and then strive for perfection with every job you complete for a client.
Remember too that image you project is the credibility rating you’ll carry with your customers. Shabby surroundings, a disorganized office and an less than personal appearance will doom you to failure. Be impressive! keep your eyes open, and move into an office among professional people as soon as you can.
Finally, put some real planning into starting your business; get it well established and running smoothly; then hire other people to do some of the work. The object of a business of your own is not steady employment for you, but financial security and independence–to achieve and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Plan your business, nurture its growth and then hire people to do the work while you guide, supervise and make bank deposits.
Your recent ad, expressing a need for an experienced stock clerk,
has come to my attention. I’d like very much to get together
with you at your earliest convenience to discuss my
qualifications for this position.
With hopes for such a meeting in mind, I’m enclosing a copy of my
resume for your information and consideration.
I assure you that I am experienced, learn very quickly, and am
adaptable to new methods of operation. I have heard favorable
comments about your company as the place for one with ambitions
for growth and self-improvement.
I’m available to come in and meet with you at your convenience
and can begin work immediately.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. A call from
you will be most welcome and appreciated.
Sincerely Yours,
Your signature
Your Typed Name
(123) 456-7890
AS a salesman, I have ambitions to improve my status in life.
Your company’s reputation as a leader in the publishing of
educational materials impresses me, and I would like to explore
the possibilities of becoming a part of your sales force.
I’m currently a top-producing salesman, but feel stymied with my
present employment. I think I could do much better with a company
receptive to innovative ideas and energetic people such as
Could we get together and discuss the possibilities of my joining
your organization in some capacity that would utilize my
abilities to a greater extent, and at the same time benefit your
I will be free from 10 o’clock on, next Tuesday, the 27th. Please
give me a call at (123) 456-7890.
Thank You! I am looking forward to meeting you.
Your signature
Your Typed name
PS: enclosed is a resume that will give you an in depth look at
my accomplishments, and an idea on my potential. I appreciate
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This agreement dated __________(1)___________, is made By and Between ________(2)____________, whose address is ____________(3)______________, referred to as “Company”, AND ____________(4)_________, whose address is ________(5)__________,

referred to as “Consultant.”

1. Consultation Services. The company hereby employs the consultant to perform the following services in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this agreement: The consultant will consult with the officers and employees of the company concerning matters relating to the management and organization of the company, their financial policies, the terms

and conditions of employment, and generally any matter arising out of the business affairs of the company.

2. Terms of Agreement. This agreement will begin __________(6)___________ and will end _________(7)__________. Either party may cancel this agreement on thirty (30) days notice to the other party in writing, by certified mail or personal delivery.

3. Time Devoted by Consultant. It is anticipated the consultant will spend approximately ___(8)___ in fulfilling its obligations under this contract. The particular amount of time may vary from day to day or week to week. However, the consultant shall devote a minimum of ___(9)___ per month to its duties in accordance with this agreement.

4. Place Where Services Will Be Rendered. The consultant will perform most services in accordance with this contract at ___________(10)_________. In addition the consultant will perform services on the telephone and at such other places as designated by the company to perform these services in accordance with this agreement.

5. Payment to Consultant. The consultant will be paid at the rate of $___(11)_____ per ____(12)____ for work performed in accordance with this agreement. However, the consultant will be paid at least $___(13)___ per month regardless of the amount of time spent in accordance with this agreement. The consultant will submit an itemized statement setting forth the time spent and services rendered, and the company will pay the consultant the amounts due as indicated by statements submitted by the consultant within ten (10) days of receipt.

6. Independent Contractor. Both the company and the consultant agree that the consultant will act as an independent contractor in the performance of its duties under this contract. Accordingly, the consultant shall be responsible for payment of all taxes including

Federal, State and local taxes arising out of the consultant’s activities in accordance with this contract, including by way of illustration but not limitation, Federal and State income tax,

Social Security tax, Unemployment Insurance taxes, and any other taxes or business license fee as required.

7. Confidential Information. The consultant agrees that any information received by the consultant during any furtherance of the consultant’s obligations in accordance with this contract,

which concerns the personal, financial or other affairs of the company will be treated by the consultant in full confidence and will not be revealed to any other persons, firms or organizations.

8. Employment of Others. The company may from time to time request that the consultant arrange for the services of others. All costs to the consultant for those services will be paid by the company but in no event shall the consultant employ others without the prior authorization of the company.

9. Signatures. Both the company and the consultant agree to the above contract.

Witnessed by:


___________(14)_________________ ___________(15)_______________


___________(14)_________________ ___________(16)_______________



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