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Bartering Is Alive and Effectively!


Design work.

Piano classes.


All issues a pal of mine will get free by means of bartering!

Do not forget that quaint technique to transact?! One thing our ancestors did for 1000’s of years earlier than money cash grew to become a factor? 🙂

I’ll be sincere and say I haven’t given it any thought in not less than a decade (I as soon as wished to commerce a web site for a home – pondering it could be cool to trade a digital property for a bodily one, lol…), however now my mind is on hearth with all the chances!

I bumped into her the opposite day, and after noticing she had far more tattoos on her than I remembered, I struck up a dialog and right here’s the way it went down:


ME: “Woah!! Take a look at all these new tats!! You’ve been busy!”

HER: “Thanks! I bartered for them!”

ME: “Excuse me, what?”

HER: “I bartered for them! Now we have this factor occurring, the place my tattoo artist hooks me up with free tattoos each time I would like them, and I hook him and his spouse up with haircuts each time they want them. It’s been a fantastic partnership.”

ME: *** hurriedly makes psychological notes for a weblog submit later… ***

ALSO ME: “Gosh that’s cool…. Do you barter for the rest or simply tats?! I really feel like you possibly can do quite a bit with this!”

HER: “Oh yeah, I give haircuts for design work for my albums, free pictures, and currently even piano classes… Which I undoubtedly lose cash on, however I additionally don’t spend any cash so it comes out value it in the long run.”

*I ought to point out my pal is knowledgeable hair stylist – thus why everybody desires her scissor fingers… She’s additionally an up and coming native musician, so all of the design/photog work has been a blessing in getting her album paintings achieved with out having to scrounge up the cash for it.

HER: “I additionally be sure to examine in with everybody each few months simply to double examine they’re all nonetheless pleased with the arrange – particularly the tattoo artist. After which we modify if wanted… It’s been understanding nice.”


And I might say so provided that I noticed not less than 5 new tattoos on her because the final time we met! Listed here are a couple of of the extra colourful ones to your eyeballs’ pleasure:

picasso face tattoo

rocket ship tattoo

lets jog tattoo

[That last one actually MAKES me want to get out and jog!! Haha… That could be a cool hack to get you to do stuff more – just tattoo it on your body! ;)]

What I really like greatest although exterior the financial savings, is the mutual *respect* every of the events has to have for each other to ensure that this to work.

If both particular person doesn’t assume the opposite is gifted sufficient, then there’s no manner you’d trade something for it, no much less truly *need* what the opposite particular person is providing. So with every new barter right here you’re mainly saying, “Hey – your stuff is superior! I’d like to have it!” and vice versa. Significantly with the tattoos since, , they’re PERMANENTLY MARKED ON YOUR SKIN FOREVER, lol…

In a manner this additionally jogs my memory of one other kinda sorta however probably not bartering-related mindset I name “gigs for objectives” – the place you assign every earnings stream to an expense in order that they even out and you may admire it extra.

Kinda like this:

gigs for goals

There’s no bartering being transacted right here, however by assigning every gig to a aim you’re successfully doing the identical factor when it comes to mindset – “doing this one gig will get me this one merchandise.” It provides you a extra concrete cause to hustle, but in addition actually simply FEELS higher and extra motivating than simply working tougher for “extra money.” At the very least for these of us who’re emotionally intertwined with cash like I’m.

Actually, I’ve been kinda doing a combo of this bartering/gigs for objectives idea myself with my very own consulting companies…

I’ve observed that each time I inform somebody I’d like to have X, Y or Z however am too frugal to pony up the cash for it, they’re extra inclined to rent me and we each get a pleasant win out of it! Like a couple of months in the past after I tweeted that I wished a uncommon guide for $75 and requested if anybody wanted some work achieved so I may purchase it. I had over 5 individuals attain out to rent me and I used to be in a position to decide up the guide by the tip of the week! (Thanks guys!!)

I even made a Want Listing of this sort of stuff final month to see if I can proceed my luck 🙂 Right here’s a pattern of a number of the gadgets I placed on it, once more primarily issues I’d like to have however simply can’t get myself to spend the $$$ on:

wish list - consulting

Up to now just one particular person has taken me up on this Want Listing route, lol, however hey – one is best than none! And once more – it’s only a extra enjoyable and thrilling manner to consider these items than a extra colder “pay me $100 and I’ll assist you” kind of transaction. And most instances you’re going to transform your earnings into *one thing* in any case, so why not visualize it from the begin to make it extra actual?

At any charge, all this to say that bartering may be very a lot alive and nicely, and in case you haven’t thought-about it earlier than (particularly in case you’re money stream is low otherwise you’re simply beginning out in your journey!) do give it some thought and see if you can also make one thing work!

You don’t should be knowledgeable hairstylist or tattoo artist or something actually to make it occur, however do work out what you’re *greatest* at after which begin sharing it round and see in case you get some hits… You’ll be amazed at what individuals would pay or commerce for, and we normally don’t give ourselves practically as a lot credit score as we must always as we all the time assume “everybody is aware of these items” which is never the case!

So make an inventory of your abilities (or passions), have your greatest family and friends members do the identical, after which trade notes and see if there’s any good match ups there. Or higher but – strategy the locations/individuals who provide what you need after which pitch them on a commerce! Worst case they are saying no and also you’ve wasted what, roughly 2 minutes of your life?

Right here’s an inventory of stuff I get pleasure from serving to with and am good at – if something right here is required in your life/enterprise, be at liberty to observe pitching me and we’ll see if there’s a match 🙂

  • Running a blog / branding / constructing / advertising / monetizing
  • Cash / saving / debt / mindset / life-style design
  • Group constructing / branding / partaking / rising
  • FinTech / connecting / advertising / branding / partaking
  • Coin gathering / evaluating / inventorying / liquidating
  • Micro-philanthropy / partaking / fundraising / strategizing
  • Weblog brokering / shopping for / promoting / valuing

(Extra about my companies/testimonials right here: J$ Consulting)

Or in fact you possibly can all the time simply purchase me one thing off my Want Listing and make this blogger completely happy!! Haha… Like a used surfboard that’s not there but however I actually need so as to add as I JUST LEARNED HOW TO SURF final week and I’m now (unsurprisingly) addicted!!! OMG it’s a lot enjoyable – it’s similar to skating, solely hurts 10x much less if you fall!! 😂

However extra on that for one more day… In case you have a surfboard although sitting in your storage doing nothing, I WANT IT and can commerce any of my companies for it!

Alright, now 1-2-3 go barter!!!!

Make your ancestors (and your pockets) proud!

j. money signature

UPDATE: Okay wow…. As quickly as I completed this submit my good pal Nate known as me and also you’re not going to guess what he and a pal simply got here up with??! They determined to offer one another 10 hours of their time every week to assist them construct out their tasks!! One can be doing web optimization/E mail Advertising and marketing/Content material-related stuff for the opposite, and the opposite can be doing Networking and Enterprise/Product Growth.


Discuss a coincidence on timing!! I advised Nate I hated him a lot for telling me this cuz now I’ve to return and edit this submit once more!!, lol, however man gotta like it… So some ways you will get what you need on the earth, with or with out cash! Simply gotta get inventive!

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