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Bartering

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Bartering

Postby Page1News » Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:37 pm

Hey, have any of you bartered your writing/editing/design services?

I received an offer to write in exchange for free resort/condo accommodations anywhere in the world. As a travel person, I'm so tempted to go for it.

If any of you have good or bad experiences with bartering, please share. :)
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Re: Bartering

Postby BurnCEs » Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:46 pm

Yes, I've had a couple of positive experiences doing this for small local businesses who just need the occasional press release and accompanying media sell-in done for them. In general, the notional value of what I've had back has been far higher than what I've contributed, so I'd say it's worth doing if you can cut a sweet deal. You can also keep it off the books and tax-free, which helps both parties.
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Re: Bartering

Postby undercover » Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:47 pm

I have only bartered with friends. As long as both parties are happy with the arrangement and each does their part, it has been a good experience. Bartering with strangers/companies is probably a different can of worms. Couple of things to think about:

Get specifics of the contract in writing, just as you would for monetary compensation.
What would you do if they didn't follow through with their end of the bargain?
Make sure your responsibilities are clarified in the contract. I would hate to see you in some exotic place being told you have to do a bunch more work than you expected or you can foot your own bill.

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Re: Bartering

Postby Page1News » Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:00 pm

Well, here's the deal. It's for a well-known travel accommodation company.The contract is lengthy, but it's comprehensive. It's an on-going offer. The more I write, the more accommodation nights I receive. For example, two 30-minute written blurbs = 1 night's stay. Some of these resorts/condos charge $900+/per night. So, in my simplified thinking, 1 hour of my work = $900. Am I missing something? Am I over-simplifying this scenario?
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Re: Bartering

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Re: Bartering

Postby Page1News » Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:57 pm

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Re: Bartering

Postby truthagainst » Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:43 pm

I'd do it, but it really depends on the cost of getting to those hotels. Do you have a lot of frequent flyer miles? ;)
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Re: Bartering

Postby Page1News » Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:13 pm

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Re: Bartering

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