Category: professional

Good evening

It’s been discussed quite frequently, that sometimes we can get professional services through bartering for them, rather than paying for them. I have used this approach myself, generally with good results. BUT, I’ve always used it with folks that I already knew really well. I’ve never gone to someone that was a new professional acquaintance, and proposed this idea. Maybe I’m just chicken. But how would you launch a conversation like that, with someone you’ve only just met?
The circumstances here is that we very much want to get our land logged – those trees are dead and dying and coming down on their own with every windstorm. If we do them all now, we can sell the logs and that could earn us some $$$. But there’s a fair amount of money to be paid up front – up to $10K worth. That’s just something we’re not prepared to pay. We have found a foresting company that we think we can work with (our application is rather complicated due to some zoning and roadway issues). I’d like to barter for their services, and/or the services of folks on the crew (the loggers themselves, whom we probably wouldn’t hire directly, the consulting engineer to draft up the land disturbance permits, etc). I’m having a hard time starting that conversation. “Psst, buddy, wanna help us log some land, in trade for some pork?” That just doesn’t sound right. Suggestions?