....Barter. Hey fellas, I was contacted yesterday by a local YMCA organization in my hometown for me to possibly perform magic or do balloon sculptures at a summer Subway challenge race this June. They wanted to hire me to help bring in more families and make the race a fun day for families of the contestants. Problem: Their committee had NO money whatsoever to hire me nor could they even cover the cost of my balloons for that event. I was discouraged at first and then an idea struck me. Solution: After I had told them what my fee would be and even gave them a price break they seemed a bit discouraged as well. I told the YMCA that perhaps they could give my family FREE YMCA membership for the summer so that I could work out at their weight room facility and allow my wife and kids to swim in their pool all summer. This was a WIN / WIN situation. We were both happy with the outcome and it didn't cost them a dime. Just because an organization may not have the funds....check to see what you can barter or trade with. It might be free meals, entrance to one of their events, etc. Hopefully this tid bit of info helps any of you in a jam like this!