Have you tried bartering?

by Barrie Hopson on August 15, 2011 · 0 comments

in Managing money,Starting a portfolio career

People just starting out on a portfolio career often report some trepidation at the lack of a guaranteed income. (Eventually we all get used to it – and even learn to enjoy it!). I met someone recently who said what helped her at the beginning was to barter some of her skills for, as it happened, some decorating in her house. Perhaps stimulated by the age of austerity that most of us are now living in there appears to be a resurgence of interest in this millennia old system .  Other than your own networking you might want to look at www.swapaskill.com, www.justfortheloveofit.org, www.swapz.co.uk, www.skill4trade.com.  There are also commercial systems for business to business bartering: www.barterangels.com and www.bartercard.co.uk.

So – what have you got to swap? Remember that is not just your job specific skills but also your motivated skills that you need to be harvesting. Not sure what your motivated skills are? Then you will just have to do the exercise in Chapter 3!

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