If you are going to barter and swap your life coaching or any professional service, make sure you are getting a good deal and avoid the traps that will leave you feeling hard done by and out of exchange.
To Barter your coaching services, whether it be for personal or business clients can seem like a good idea when you are starting out as a coach and want to get as much experience as you can.
Exchanging your coaching for what someone else is offering can also present as a good solution to get what you need or want, without actually having to come up with hard cash.
But bartering your coaching for needs to be done carefully if it is to work for you.
When you are exchanging solid goods, such as say a fridge for a dining suite, it's fairly straightforward because there is an agreed exchange of something solid and tangible.
But when it comes to exchanging your coaching for another service, such as marketing, PR, graphic design, massage, hairdressing etc., or even a mix of goods and services there is a lot to consider before you go ahead.
The Art of Barter is full of great ideas, but for the barter to work well for coaching there has to be a real business agreement. You both need to agree what you are giving and getting so there are no nasty misunderstandings down the track.
Here are five vital questions to ask yourself and the person you are considering the barter and swap with before you decide to go ahead with the exchange.
Getting clear about what's in it for you and whether that is what you want and not what you feel obliged to accept, will help you decide whether or not the barter on offer is for you.
And when you've read how to make bartering work, be sure to have a look at the comments from other coaches at the very foot of this page.
So the bottom line, as with any business deal, is caveat emptor – buyer beware. Go into the barter exchange with your eyes open, firm agreements and no room for misunderstandings.
Do you have a great story about this?
Did bartering your coaching really work for you?
Did you ended up feeling cheated and dissatisfied with the deal?
Please share so others can benefit from your experience!
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
Over 30 Years of
I have bartered, successfully, for almost everything in my life for over 30 years. The system of exchange we generally use in life: "money" is merely …
Bartering for Coaching -
When I asked on LinkedIn for people to comment on their bartering experiences as coaches after reading Should You Barter and Swap Your Coaching Services? …
Virtual Assisting for Coaching
Hi Wendy, I'm not sure if this is helpful to you, but I'm a Virtual Assistant / Online Business Manager who works with coaches and can give you my experience …