Stories of Hope in the Recession

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Nick Pitayrs, a laid off National Account Manager from Arizona, shares his story of how selling his family's famous cheesecakes saved his house from foreclosure. Nick is now spokesperson for a new free website, which helps those affected by the recession find new ways to market their skills to their neighbors in the hope they may hire them for short term work.

Nick Pitarys from Chandler, Arizona was a Vice President and National Account Manager for 9 years before he was suddenly laid off. After months of searching for a new job and with none on the horizon Nick realized that time was running out and he had to find a way to bring in an income for his family. His wife, Kristin, hours had also been cut back and the banks had notified them that unless they made the next payment their house would be foreclosed and Nick and his young family would be homeless.

Over dinner, Nick & Kristin came up with a possible solution. They decided Nick would bake and sell his family's famous cheesecake recipe to hopefully make ends meet. Within two weeks Nick had sold $1200 worth of cheesecakes in his local area. This was enough to keep the banks at bay and save his family's home. Nick is now selling cheesecakes full time and says he is happier than ever as he had always secretly harbored the idea of being a chef. He also recently appeared as a Guest Chef on Phoenix's Fox 10 TV.

Nick is now spokesperson for a new free new nationwide website which encourages those who have been affected by the recession to be creative and find new ways to use their skills to earn extra money.

Users of the site create a profile (called a Cubi) to market whatever skills they have that other people might be willing to pay them for; from walking someone's dog to filing their year end accounts. Their Cubi gets put on their local area map with the idea being that others in their neighborhood can see what they have to offer and perhaps engage them for short term jobs. There is even the option of skilled neighbors bartering between themselves to help keep service costs down.

The current global recession has affected millions of people across America and with current economic forecasts predicting a slow recovery the time for people to act on their own initiative is now as important as ever. So, if you have been recently laid off and have any sort of skill that you think people may be able to pay you for get onto and create your free Cubi now.

You can check out Nick's Cubi


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