Bartering you freelance services is definitely an interesting concept.

It’s something that not a lot of freelancers think about, but you should not rule it out.

It is important to note, though, that bartering your services does not mean that you’re giving anything away or trying to get something for free.

Maybe you’re considering bartering your services but you’re still not quite sure if it’s appropriate.

Are there ever any situations where you should barter your services?

The short answer: yes. However, it’s something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

“1. When it’s a much-needed solution

Say you desperately need a new website – your current site is practically chalk markings on a cave wall – but you cannot pay for a web designer.

Enter the well-designed barter: Services that you can easily provide may be just a freelance web designer may be seeking. Swap your services – and you’ll never have to get out your wallet!

Start out by taking an inventory of your current situation: who do you know that may be willing to barter? Friends and acquaintances are often much more open to considering a trade than strangers – don’t be surprised if a cold call gets you the cold shoulder.

If nobody within your network is the right fit, there are certainly bartering partners available online – but (as I’ll detail in the next section) do your research before committing.

Next, evaluate what you can offer a bartering partner in return, and what is the approximate value of your services. If you’re dealing with a friend or colleague, think about what solutions you can offer to them.

Many people are open to creative swaps, especially when they are presented as mutually-beneficial miracle cures for business maladies.”

Check out the entire post at Freelancers Union.