What can I do for you?

08 Jul

100_3545I know how to paint–I did our kitchen–but would rather
barter to find someone who can do the rest of the house.

If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle? (Monday’s prompt from The Daily Post.)

I think it would be AWESOME if the world worked on a barter system. Then I could finally create a resumé that really represents what I can do. I feel like I have a wide range of skills in a whole host of areas (and am adding to the list every day), so I think I’d be able to manage quite well in a bartering society. Here’s what I can offer:

  • teaching/tutoring (elementary math, science, and social studies; elementary through college level writing; ELL instruction for all ages)
  • custom picture framing
  • animal care
  • creating newsletters/flyers for your business
  • travel planning (Give me your travel dates, preferred mode of transport, and the type of activities you enjoy, and I’ll provide an entire itinerary)
  • assembling flat-pack furniture (can supply my own Allen wrenches)
  • handy(wo)man services (recaulk showers, minor plumbing repairs, install towel bars, hang pictures, program the DVR, etc.)
  • cooking (nothing gourmet, but I can follow a recipe)
  • house/office cleaning (I even do windows)
  • laundry (I can do minor repairs, such as stitching up a hem or sewing on a button, and will even iron under duress)
  • painting (interior–walls, ceilings, trim. I warn you, I am not fast, but I’m really type-A, so it’s quality work.)
  • tile floor installation (I learned to do this via Google, but I did a damn fine job, if I do say so myself.)
  • lawn care (mowing, weed-whacking, weed pulling–I will have a go at trimming the hedges, but do not guarantee results)
  • personal shopping
  • organizing (It’s much more interesting organizing other people’s stuff than my own)
  • spoon carving (*NEW*)

In return, I am seeking someone who can trade:

  • painting (Remember I said I’m not fast? I’ve got an entire house that needs painting.)
  • carpet cleaning
  • hardwood floor installation
  • mulch spreading
  • patio/deck design and construction
  • landscaping
  • tree removal
  • Thai foot massages
  • personal training

What do you think? Would you be willing/able to live in a barter-only society?  Know anyone who has studied Thai foot massage?



8 responses to “What can I do for you?

  1. Janet domino

    July 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    I think we can work something out!

  2. helenrj

    July 9, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    As a nurse I could barter a lot of medical care…tend and bind wounds for chickens…not binding the wounds of chickens,,,but binding the wounds of people who own chickens. I could make it work.

    • dreaminofobx

      July 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      I know someone who owns chickens. I bet she’d barter eggs or some of the veggies from her garden!

  3. rarasaur

    July 9, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    That’s a great list of skills! 😀 I don’t know thai foot massage, unfortunately… 🙂 I will add it to my list of things to learn, though!

    • dreaminofobx

      July 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Jill of all trades, master of none, I often think. There’s just so much I enjoy doing! Great for bartering, but makes deciding on a career path challenging. 🙂


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