The Art of Bartering for Web Services

Written by Marc McDonald

Do you need a specialized task performed for your Web site? Such as a new custom logo? Or a specialized script? Or a new database? Before you reach for your checkbook to pay a commercial company to dorepparttar work, consider bartering forrepparttar 117915 project. Overrepparttar 117916 years, I've found that it's possible to get virtually any sort of specialized Web task done for free, via bartering. All it takes is some legwork and creativity. My first barter deal arose a couple of years ago, when I needed a site of mine translated into Spanish. Initially, I explored several ofrepparttar 117917 Web's commercial translation services. However, after I did some legwork, it transpired that a neighbor of mine was professionally fluent in Spanish. He was also a newbie torepparttar 117918 Net and was eager to get a Web site up and running. We bartered a deal: in return for him translating my site, I guided him throughrepparttar 117919 process of setting up his Web site. Since then, I've bartered countless deals for various projects for my sites. And, as a result, I've been able to get a lot of vital tasks completed for free that would have easily cost thousands of dollars had I simply boughtrepparttar 117920 services from a commercial company. What'srepparttar 117921 best way to get started in bartering for Web-related work? First of all, consider your strengths and areas of expertise as a Webmaster. Many successful site owners, by necessity, are capable of doing many types of tasks onrepparttar 117922 Web, from writing HTML to promoting their sites viarepparttar 117923 search engines. However, most Webmasters have at least specific area in which they excel. Perhaps they're proficient in creating graphics. Or maybe they have strong writing skills. Or perhaps they're an HTML guru. If you have at least one Web-related area in which you excel, thenrepparttar 117924 odds increase that you'll be able to leverage that skill in successful barters onrepparttar 117925 Web.

A Special Man's Triumph In The Gold Rush!

Written by Richard Bolduc

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I just had to think ofrepparttar 117918 obstacles that he has had to overcome every day of his life. Daily tasks, most of us take for granted, can be time consuming and tough for someone with Thomas' disability. I have never seen Thomas complain, or allow himself to be set back by challenges.

The perspective from a man like Thomas F. Seymour has on success, is from a much different point of view. It is a perspective all of us can learn from.

Thomas told me, when we first met, that all he wanted was "money, coming to him, inrepparttar 117919 mail from everywhere","I would rather take only a dollar from thousands of people than to take a thousand dollars from one." Said Thomas. With this idea in mind he started his first online business "The Gold Link."

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