Forging relationships with vendors within your market can pay dividends later.
What better way to advertise than with a vendor your clients already trusts!
I am not a fan of giving the milk for free and for good reasons.
But that is not to say I don’t see the benefit, because this is absolutely one of those times.
And technically it’s not really free if you are getting something out of it, correct?!
There are many things you need to think about when swapping skills: such as contracts, model releases and possibly the responsibility to pay taxes if applicable in your state.
Important: When swapping services, it’s important to make sure you’re protected.
Even if your hair girl has been doing your hair for 12 years and she promises to give you 3 cut & colors in exchange for one session, you must have a contract!
Did you read that? Contract! No better advice can I give you than to have it in writing.
I always refer to TheLawTog for any contracts you might need for this type of situation.
Here is how I play this game of vendor love:
Below is a sample email you can send to a local vendor you wish to swap services with (feel free to copy):