Bartering for Handyman Services

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Many, if not all handymen have come across a customer(s) or two that would rather exchange payment for their own services or goods. Some cultures find bartering to be a common practice.

Maybe it’s just me, but as of late customers want to pay me in tires, battery charger, spa tub, more referrals, etc. Each and every time I say “no thank you”. But lately my answer has been, “I can’t put food on my table or pay my bills with tires”. Although the spa tub did seem very enticing.

It makes you wonder sometimes how valuable bartering was back in the “little house on the prairie” days when a chicken, bread, or a goat was sufficient payment.

I’m curious to know what bartering you’ve come across in your ventures as a handyman.