You have currency sitting around your studio. In a sense, you may have stacks of money or you can even manufacture it. How? What?
Is there a particular good or service that you need, or just want, but you just can’t afford right now? Maybe it’s graphic design, massage, editing, consulting services, a haircut, or even medical treatment? You get the picture.
Try bartering. This is an ancient system of exchange that many creative folks still use today.
When I created my initial business offering for wineries I needed a credible brochure. So I gave painting lessons to the CEO of one of the very top graphic design firms in the US. He was so happy that he took his lead graphic designer off of a deadline to design my brochure. The result, I had graphic communications that made my new enterprise look like I’d been a success for years.
My recommendation. Put this agreement in writing and have each party sign it. So that there is no room for misunderstanding, spell out:
- specifically what you are trading
- when it will be delivered
- and for what dollar amount
I suggest keeping it simple, for every dollar of good or service you’ll trade a dollar’s worth of your art.
Make sure that you state that each party will treat this transaction with the same level of importance as any other.
What do you need? Think of one or two things. Then start asking around your network. Asking is free.
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