The Barter System

There is no shame in bartering goods and services - and don't let anyone tell you differently. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.

In an era where jobs are scarce and people (like myself and many of the lovely people pictured above) are creating their own careers, it's important to recognize that you gotta start somewhere. And more often than not, you're starting from scratch.

But when you're at the bottom of the food chain, don't you still need things? Yes, of course you do! You still need a website and a killer bio and references and testimonials and a portfolio and head shots and a silver unicorn to ride in on. Ok, maybe not a silver unicorn, although that would definitely be on my list of superfluous needs and I can really only see it helping my business.

I've learned very quickly that trading services (like web copy for a bad ass introductory video) is the best way to get what you need without accepting charity and without owing people for mega favors.

It's important to recognize that you DO have something to offer people. You've got talent and unique skills that somebody somewhere needs/wants. And guess what? They probably have the same for you.

So today's advice on our journey to a happy place is to find people that are just as hungry as you and see what services you can trade. Help each other out - realize that you're not alone! You're never alone! And if you can't seem to find anyone in your immediate vicinity, you can always join me and my pals over at Hungry Entrepreneurs - an oasis of good vibes, positive reinforcement, hungry talent, and wisdom for days!

Hungry but happy, xx Nikbear