Owning a business and perfecting your craft isn’t easy. It takes time. It takes energy. It takes money. It takes resources. But some times you just don’t have the time, the energy, definitely not the money and definitely not the resources. But you need something for your business or brand NOW and the only thing you have to offer is your talent or gift.
Have you ever thought about trading a service you are good at or a product you’ve created for something you may need?
exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services without using money.
I attended a brunch hosted by Women at Werk, a women’s networking and mentoring organization, called Barter Brunch. Now initially, I was just going to attend to support my friend who is the founder of this amazing organization. I was going to just eat and drink! I mean I’m always down for a good meal chile! I don’t have a business to promote so I didn’t think I would have anything to really talk about or barter for that matter. I was just going to be there for support, which I know I am good at!
Yea, that didn’t happen! Writing is a business and it’s a skill many don’t like or have the ability to do. Especially when it comes to entrepreneurs and finding the time to market their services or items, they would rather have someone else do it. It has crossed my mind a time or two to review products and services like you see other influencers do, in an effort to market their business. Sitting at this table and listening to these other women speak about their needs, I was quickly reminded that my gift can help others and to stop selling myself short.
Word of mouth and connections are two of the biggest things entrepreneurs rely on when having a business(besides money of course!) It can be hard making connections though. Let’s be real.
•The market may be over saturated.
•May be new to a city.
•May just not know where to start.
•May not have the opportunity.
Women at Werk created a space where women can have these connections. Not only has it created a space to connect with other women but events such as the Barter Brunch, creates the opportunity and the tools needed to better your business and your brand.
I went there thinking I had nothing to offer and left with women telling me they needed me. ME!!! Whew chile! Listen! If you missed this event, you missed out! I wouldn’t miss the next one if I were you!
What services or products would you exchange with someone if you had the opportunity and what would you like in return? Share with me in the comments! I may know someone who knows someone! You never know!