You’ve decided to start a bounce house rental business and have already ordered your bounce house from the bounce house manufacturer’s website. You’ve done the research and you feel that you are as ready as you can possibly be to start your business. Then you realize that you not only do not have a business card, but you do not have a website either. After spending the money to purchase the bounce houses, you may feel as though you do not have the funds to spend a great deal of money on advertising, or website design, or business card design either. These things, however, are definitely a necessity so how can you purchase them without spending money? The answer is trade.
A very long time ago people didn’t tend to use money but instead tended to barter services and their goods with each other. Once you purchase bounce houses from the bounce house manufacturer’s website, you now have something you can offer to trade. So let’s say you need to have a webpage built for your business and you are not comfortable using HTML. A good idea is to go online on websites such as craigslist and to advertise that you are willing to barter for services. Make sure your specific on what you are willing to barter. For example if you’re willing to barter the use of one of your bounce houses for a specific amount of time make sure you say that. But remember, you need to be willing to negotiate as well. Before you can barter your services you need to make sure you know how much you going to be charging for rent. This gives you an idea of how much you can expect to get for your barter.
Let’s say the web builder charges $500 in order to create a website for you, but you only charge $350 to rent the bounce house for a whole day – how does that work? You could try to negotiate with the website builder. For example you could say that you will allow them to rent the unit two times in exchange for them not only creating a website for you but also creating a business card. This way you get to things for, basically, the price of one. Once you purchase your bounce house from the bounce house manufacturer’s website, you are ready to enter the world of bartering and treatment.