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there was any way she could trade her writing and editing skills for web development services (her website was woefully out of date).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!