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Topic: anyone have experience in bartering for/getting volunteer help with a business?  (Read 727 times)
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« on: August 30, 2013 12:15:26 PM »

Sooooo, I've been making custom clothes for a long time now, and I've gotten to the point where I'd really like to expand this hobby into something that looks sort of like a business. The thing is, normally I'd ask for help from friends - but I just moved to a new area and I know basically no one within a four-hour drive.

I've done a bit of poking around, and it seems like there are some people in my area who would be willing to model/take photographs for me in exchange for the experience/portfolio expansion/possible trades. So, what I'm wondering is... do any of you lovely crafters have experience with situations like this? I'm a little bit afraid of it all going to hell in a handbasket since I don't really know these people. Is this a good idea? Bad idea? Heeeelllppp.

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2013 11:15:41 AM »

Not sure why it's going into a handbasket. If there's strangers/fear involved, then find a meeting place that's fairly public, arrange to check into Facebook or by phone with people you know within a certain time frame (better make sure your phone is fully charged up!), and so on. If it's a commitment fear (no shows, etc.), there's always a danger of that if people aren't getting paid; they feel there's less obligation if they aren't making any actual money. Meet with these folks ahead of time at a coffee shop or some other public place, and yes, investigate their facebooks and so on. These days people let it all out there. Get their names, addresses, and phone numbers, and ask for an emergency contact in case "something happens".

As far as real bartering goes, unless you and your bartering partners want to pay taxes, I would stay away from calling it bartering. Yes, the gub'mint wants to steal money from you if you barter value for value even if there's no actual money exchanged. Keep the agreements very simple with no loose ends.
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