When I first entered the world of Personal Finance blogging last spring, I was shocked at how many people suggested bartering as a viable way to cut costs and meet needs.
People really do this? How and what were they trading!? I couldn’t fathom asking people to trade me services; I was unsure what I could provide. As it turns out, quite a lot.
1. Find Your Golden Nugget to trade. I made a Master List of Awesomeness: all the things I could do really, very well. Then a smaller, sub-list that I could do pretty well within certain limits ( I bake an excellent, from scratch, terrible for your waistline, double chocolate cake. But it is pretty basic looking; I’m not excellent at decorating). I put this list in my phone…at the ready, should an opportunity strike.
2. Identify A Person to Trade With. I met a woman shortly after our move who provides amazing nature classes. Being a Yankee, I’m not quite familiar with the flora & fauna here: a need for our family was created. The issue: I want to minimize our home education costs as much as possible for as long as possible. I found my first possible barter!
3. Successful Negotiation
Upon thinking that this could be a great opportunity to barter, I referred to my Master List of Awesomeness to determine the best way to sell myself that fit needs she might have. Before approaching her, I poked around a bit on her website and came up with three solid ways in which I could be of service. Then I presented the ideas to her. It turns out, she had different ways that the barter could be effective! She had needs that I hadn’t considered and by approaching her with my talents, we will be able to help each other!
Do you have a Master List of Awesomeness? Have you ever utilized it to facilitate a barter?