7 Sites That Can Help You Barter Services For Stuff You Need

barter fruit and veg

One thing about being an independent, creative professional is that while your life is rich in ideas, relationships, and projects, it can sometimes be cash poor. We all have needs–dental care, house painting, hair cuts–that can cost a lot of money, and often we may put them on the back burner because the budget is tight.

Example: I was talking to a freelance friend the other day who wanted to know if there was any way she could trade her writing and editing skills for web development services (her website was woefully out of date). It got me thinking about how we often consider bartering and swapping something you do with stuff–your barely worn work boots for my collection of flower pots–but why stop there? Even the Better Business Bureau has discussed how bartering can help small businesses grow.

Currency isn’t only dollars and cents, thanks to the growing sharing economy, it’s easier than ever to turn your time and skills into currency as well. So, I decided to round up a few online platforms, some well known, some not, where you can let the world know that money isn’t the only way to pay.

7 Sites That Can Help You Barter Services For Stuff You Need

Note: There are some things to keep in mind when bartering as a business, such as risks and tax obligations. Forbes does a great job of discussing them here.

1. 5280 Barter – This network allows businesses in and around Denver to trade their respective goods and services with other businesses in the network.

2. Northern Colorado Time Bank – For every hour you help a community member you receive an hour of service from another member. You can save many hours for large projects or simply use your hours one at a time. Site looks old but new listings were created in the past few days.

3. Barter Bucks Banc – hundreds of categories and the ability to search by zip code and distance.

4. U-Exchange – a bartering website full of trade-able goods and services in a specific geographical area. The site requires a membership to post and begin exchanging, but it is a free service that is supplemented by banner advertisements.

5. BarterQuest – This site is easy to use because “services” has its own tab, and it geo-locates automatically to show the most relevant results.

6. BizXchange – Business-to-business barter website where members use “BizX dollars” to trade save money on goods and services. Includes a hefty sign up fee, so probably best for more robust companies with bigger trades in mind.

7. Green America Exchange – Socially and environmentally conscious businesses make trades using complementary currency instead of cash.

Do YOU know of other barter, trade, or time-banking opportunities in Northern Colorado? Or better yet, do you have a service you’d be interested in bartering? Please share in the comments!

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Cohere Bandwidth: Pre-Paradise with Post Paradise

Post Paradise

 

Read all of the Cohere Bandwidth updates here.

I’m continually surprised at how much I learn with each band research field trip. On Wednesday Julie and I trekked out to the industrial area of Fort Collins to examine Post Paradise in pre-paradise practice conditions. Julie and I arrived a smidge early since we didn’t know where we were going. We decided that a band would likely load-in via the back door so drove around the building to the large garage doors. We were a little confused when loud mariachi music was playing out of the unit we were to be visiting. A minute later Nick, Amy, Mark and Chris showed up and quickly realized that their practice space had been double booked.  *big frowny faces*

So, a 6 pack was shared while listening to a Christian mariachi’s practice for about an hour. At 9:30pm Post Paradise rushed in and set up a surprisingly complex system with full light show in about 12 minutes.  Julie and I peppered them with 3 year old style rapid fire questions while they unpacked, plugged in and tuned up:

  • How often does a scheduling mishap happen?
  • Why are you laying out rugs on the floor?
  • How long does this usually take?
  • Why do you set up your full lights for practice?
  • Are you comfortable leaving your equipment here and sharing with a band you don’t know?
  • Do you have insurance?
  • What’s a Direct Support band at a show?
  • Why is your light making that funny sound?
  • Why do you have so many pedals?
  • Where’s the bathroom?
  • How long can you rehearse before diminishing returns set in?

We were able to stay for 2 songs before I had to get back home to the babysitter. The mariachis had also stayed behind to observe, they’re mouths agape at the incredible musicality to which they were being treated.

Julie and I make for an odd band groupie couple as we bury ourselves in our iphones to document our experience. Julie tweets, I take notes, Julie takes a picture, I upload a video to Facebook, Julie and I bow heads together to discuss how easy it would be for a band to file LLC paperwork and so on and so forth.

Julie and I drive back to Cohere and sit in the car while it’s running. It feels a little like the end of a good date. We know we have to part but don’t want to so we stall by talking about the business concerns of baby Cohere Bandwidth by the light of my headlights reflecting off the building. I kind of want to make out with her–like in a I love my friend so much kind of way.

Julie and I have our 222nd date tonight to see Wire Faces, Post Paradise and A Tom Collins at Hodi’s Half Note. Wish me luck at my first intentional live music concert since 3rd grade.

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Spaces Available for Coworking in Colorado, Part Deux

About two years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long!) we published a list of all the coworking spaces available in Colorado. As coworking newbies, we were surprised to be among such great company throughout all corners of the state. Fast forward about 24 months, and it’s clear that the coworking movement shows no signs of slowing down.

To celebrate all this growth, around the world and right here in the Centennial state, we decided to revise the list. Many more have been added, and sadly, some have fallen off. Use this list to find coworking spaces no matter where you are and as a reference for Colorado friends who want to give coworking a try!

Colorado Springs: Enclave Coop

5376 Tomah Dr, Suite 204, 80918

Enclave doesn’t appear to have any preference on what industries may join. Current members are in technical and non-technical arenas.

Memberships range from $15/day-$100/month with your first day free.

Colorado Springs: Epicentral

409 N Tejon Suite 106, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Members enjoy 24/7 access, with a conference room, private phone booths and event space.

Memberships range from $15/day – $200/month.

Denver: Creative Density

1719 Emerson St. Denver, CO 80218

Space-owner Craig Baute consulted closely with Cohere’s Angel K. when planning this space, and we love what they’ve created down in Denver! CD strives to be a coworking community full of energy that’s focused on having a healthy work/life balance.

Memberships range from $75 – $300/month.

Denver: Green Spaces

1368 26th Street; Denver, CO 80205

Green Spaces has a focus on attracting members who are environmental entrepreneurs but other businesses and freelancers are welcome.

Memberships range from $20/day- $325/mo with your first day free.

Denver: The Hive Cooperative

2401 15th Street Suite 30 Denver, CO 80202

The Hive Coop tends towards programmers but has members from all types of industries like marketing, nutrition and more.

Memberships are offered at $249/mo.

Denver: Uncubed

2762 Walnut St. Denver CO 80205

Based in Denver’s RiNo arts district, this collaborative environment works similar to an incubator–a collection of creative minds exchanging ideas and insights with one another in a common space.

Memberships range from $80 – $350/mo.

Boulder: The Candy Shop

1720 15th Street, Boulder

Boasts diverse members from fashion designers to architects and digital service providers.

Memberships are offered at $10/hour | $40/day – $485/mo with a full week free for first timers

Boulder: Scrib

2060 Broadway St. Boulder, CO 80303

A downtown Boulder coworking space designed to accelerate success for entrepreneurs, freelancers and independents.

Memberships are offered from $15/day – $300/month

Louisville: The Vault at DaVinci Institute 

511 E South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027

Attracts “Mobile Professionals” in a wide variety of industries from attorneys to professional speakers.

Memberships range from $25/day-$600/mo for a private office

Fort Collins: Cohere, LLC (yours truly)

215 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Likes a nice mix of “technically creative” types or those who primarily use the internet to get work done.

Memberships range from $19/day – $249/mo with the first day free

Fort Collins: The Hive 

117 East Mountain Avenue Ste 222, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Attracts small business owners in tech fields such as development and SEO.

Membership goes from $19/day-$247/mo

Loveland: The Armory

armory coworking group

411 Railroad Ave, Loveland CO, 80537

A fairly new coworking community in Loveland’s historic Depot Building. Mostly freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, and creatives.

Memberships range from $45 – $215/mo

TIP: Be sure and try out a few coworking locations in your area before deciding on membership. Each coworking space has a different flavor and it’s best to find the right fit for your social and working style so you can have the best possible coworking experience!

Did I miss any coworking spaces or facilities in Colorado?  If so, let me know in the comments!

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