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Bartering Is Alive and Properly!


Design work.

Piano classes.


All issues a good friend of mine will get free by way of bartering!

Do not forget that quaint option to transact?! One thing our ancestors did for hundreds of years earlier than money cash turned a factor? 🙂

I’ll be sincere and say I haven’t given it any thought in a minimum of a decade (I as soon as wished to commerce an internet site for a home – considering it could be cool to alternate 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! We’ve got this factor occurring, the place my tattoo artist hooks me up with free tattoos every time I would like them, and I hook him and his spouse up with haircuts every time they want them. It’s been a fantastic partnership.”

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

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

HER: “Oh yeah, I give haircuts for design work for my albums, free pictures, and these days 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 good friend 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 art work accomplished with out having to scrounge up the cash for it.

HER: “I additionally ensure to examine in with everybody each few months simply to double examine they’re all nonetheless proud of the arrange – particularly the tattoo artist. After which we alter if wanted… It’s been figuring out nice.”


And I might say so on condition that I noticed a minimum of 5 new tattoos on her for the reason that final time we met! Listed here are a number of of the extra colourful ones on 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 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 suppose the opposite is proficient sufficient, then there’s no manner you’d alternate something for it, no much less really *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, you realize, they’re PERMANENTLY MARKED ON YOUR SKIN FOREVER, lol…

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

Kinda like this:

gigs for goals

There’s no bartering being transacted right here, however by assigning every gig to a purpose 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 purpose to hustle, but in addition truthfully simply FEELS higher and extra motivating than simply working more durable for “extra money.” Not less than for these of us who’re emotionally intertwined with cash like I’m.

In truth, I’ve been kinda doing a combo of this bartering/gigs for targets idea myself with my very own consulting providers…

I’ve seen that every 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 number of months in the past after I tweeted that I wished a uncommon e-book for $75 and requested if anybody wanted some work accomplished so I might purchase it. I had over 5 folks attain out to rent me and I used to be capable of choose up the e-book by the tip of the week! (Thanks guys!!)

I even made a Want Listing of such a stuff final month to see if I can proceed my luck 🙂 Right here’s a pattern of among the objects 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

To this point just one particular person has taken me up on this Want Listing route, lol, however hey – one is healthier than none! And once more – it’s only a extra enjoyable and thrilling manner to consider these things than a extra colder “pay me $100 and I’ll allow you to” sort 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 could be very a lot alive and effectively, and in case you haven’t thought-about it earlier than (particularly in case you’re money circulate is low otherwise you’re simply beginning out in your journey!) do give it some thought and see if you may make one thing work!

You don’t must 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 folks would pay or commerce for, and we often don’t give ourselves practically as a lot credit score as we should always as we all the time assume “everybody is aware of these things” which is never the case!

So make a listing of your abilities (or passions), have your greatest family and friends members do the identical, after which alternate notes and see if there’s any good match ups there. Or higher but – method the locations/individuals who you realize supply 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 a listing of stuff I get pleasure from serving to with and am good at – if something right here is required in your life/enterprise, be happy 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
  • Neighborhood constructing / branding / partaking / rising
  • FinTech / connecting / advertising / branding / partaking
  • Coin amassing / evaluating / inventorying / liquidating
  • Micro-philanthropy / partaking / fundraising / strategizing
  • Weblog brokering / shopping for / promoting / valuing

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

Or after all you possibly can all the time simply purchase me one thing off my Want Listing and make this blogger blissful!! 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 identical to skating, solely hurts 10x much less once 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 providers 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 publish my good good friend Nate referred to as me and also you’re not going to guess what he and a good friend 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 shall be doing website positioning/E-mail Advertising and marketing/Content material-related stuff for the opposite, and the opposite shall be doing Networking and Enterprise/Product Improvement.


Speak about a coincidence on timing!! I instructed Nate I hated him a lot for telling me this cuz now I’ve to return and edit this publish once more!!, lol, however man gotta adore it… So some ways you may get what you need on the earth, with or with out cash! Simply gotta get artistic!

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