I’m a great big believer in bartering.
Whenever you are looking at a big ticket item, be it a purchase of a house or a car, or a service you are hiring someone for, I’ve always felt that “sticker price” is just the starting point.
Recently, I’ve been looking into hiring someone for a fairly major service. It’s the kind of thing that most of us have to do at some point or another and we usually operate on word of mouth when it comes to referrals. But, what’s the harm in getting word of mouth from more than one person?
I started making contacts this week and when each of the service providers I contacted found out that I was not outright hiring them, but asking them to come and meet with me, talk about their views of the work I need, quote me some financial stuff and then wait (gasp) for me to decide whether or not I would hire them, I have been met with some measure of surprise.
But I believe that I’m absolutely doing the right thing. I want to make sure this is a person I’m going to get along with really well, and be able to talk straight to. I want to make sure I’m getting the best bang for my buck. Why wouldn’t I?
Anyway, I guess I just wanted to say that I have enough confidence that I know that my business is worth something. My opinions are worth something and I have no problem saying so when I am shopping for cars, furniture, or services. Not to mention the fact that I’m having a whole lot of fun while doing so.
Side note: I really can’t wait until I can spill the beans on what is cooking right now. So big, so fantastic. Stay tuned.