I just got paid in meat!

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No seriously.

I just got back from meeting a client I had built a website for to show him the dashboard of his site and what it looked like on iphone etc and get paid. Now we had agreed on price but there was some extras he wanted done, newspaper ads, a few other things etc which I did without expecting anything for.
Always over deliver right.

So this guy has a side business that's a butcher shop. Not his main biz I built site for. So he takes me down to butcher shop loads me up snacksticks, sausage, canadian bacon, pepporoni etc then pays me original fee and thanks me heartily. We shake hands and I go.

So basically I can say this: with offline marketing you literally can bring home the bacon! Man I love this business. Anybody else have any crazy payment stories to add. I'm gonna eat some snack sticks now.
#meat #paid
  • Profile picture of the author Eternal
    Wow, that is awesome! I love meat. I have never been paid in anything strange before.
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  • Profile picture of the author SashaLee
    HI there,

    Good lesson to always keep your eyes open for bartering situations!

    All the best,

    Sasha.
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  • Profile picture of the author James English
    Can I have some!?!
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  • Profile picture of the author babyleaps
    Just gotta say - Best. Title. EVER.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mwind076
    We've paid normal but given extras in a few things. Chiro, food (restaurants), hair salon that did nails and a few cut/colors, massages, and car detailing.

    We are always open to barters with locals and often enjoy it.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebDiva7
    Originally Posted by soontobefishing View Post

    No seriously.

    I just got back from meeting a client I had built a website for to show him the dashboard of his site and what it looked like on iphone etc and get paid. Now we had agreed on price but there was some extras he wanted done, newspaper ads, a few other things etc which I did without expecting anything for.
    Always over deliver right.

    So this guy has a side business that's a butcher shop. Not his main biz I built site for. So he takes me down to butcher shop loads me up snacksticks, sausage, canadian bacon, pepporoni etc then pays me original fee and thanks me heartily. We shake hands and I go.

    So basically I can say this: with offline marketing you literally can bring home the bacon! Man I love this business. Anybody else have any crazy payment stories to add. I'm gonna eat some snack sticks now.
    Congrats! Meat is so expensive. I don't know what a snackstick is but I want one. I just landed a barter deal today, for social media, with a dance company. It's great for me because, I get free dance classes, which I couldn't otherwise afford and crediblity to use with other offline prospects.
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  • Profile picture of the author SirThomas
    Now, cut about 15% off of each piece and send it to the I.R.S....
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Awww now I am craving some meat....

    Who's your client?
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  • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
    Great story!!!
    I have a landscaper as a client, he's also my neighbor, I did some extra work for him and his wife's website, and he is going to be paying me in labor!
    We have a large parcel of land (farm/ranch), and we leased our tractor out for a while to a friend. We have some things we need done, and with no tractor.. ...
    Anyhow, it's not always about the money! People often don't realize that being a little flexible about payment, will get you the client!!

    ~ Theresa
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason_V
    There's a guy I know who does auto detailing. Guy is a genius can make practically any car look brand new. He told me he needs a website.

    I will probably accept partial cash partial voucher for body work.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrmatt
    Trading/Bartering is awesome. Here are the things I have bartered for so far.

    A new clutch and a transmission flush on my truck plus credit for future transmission work when needed.

    A retaining wall.

    A fence.

    A deck.

    Chiropractic services.

    The retaining wall, deck and fence I bought the material but they did all othe work. All in all about $8K worth of services. I lover bartering.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevin Hislop
    Originally Posted by soontobefishing View Post

    No seriously.
    So basically I can say this: with offline marketing you literally can bring home the bacon! Man I love this business. Anybody else have any crazy payment stories to add. I'm gonna eat some snack sticks now.
    Don't really want to admit this... but your "bring home the bacon" did make me chuckle a bit.

    On that note... im off to prospect some stripclubs.

    Lol ... kidding, kidding... honest
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  • Profile picture of the author esuresh
    Over delivering always helps. It makes both the parties happy. Congrats man. Keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    I factor in trade with several of my contracts. Got one Vodka Company that gives me a bottle per month along with $500.00. Then just signed a Irish Pub last week, $500 Cash and $250 trade per month.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeatherD
    Non-cash perks are the best! I no longer pay for oil changes in any of my vehicles, car washes, hair salon services or pet grooming.

    If I could secure a ladies shoe/clothing store that was as generous I might faint.
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  • Profile picture of the author soontobefishing
    I was just wondering if you guys think it's easier sometimes to close if you give a prospective client the offer of barter or is it better to let them bring it up. Of course 100% payment is great but if its 50/50 and a sale or 100% payment and no sale, then I wouldn't hesitate to take something in trade myself. Comments on this?
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    • Profile picture of the author Eddie Spangler
      Originally Posted by soontobefishing View Post

      I was just wondering if you guys think it's easier sometimes to close if you give a prospective client the offer of barter or is it better to let them bring it up. Of course 100% payment is great but if its 50/50 and a sale or 100% payment and no sale, then I wouldn't hesitate to take something in trade myself. Comments on this?
      Barter is cool if you can really use something, especially if your real cost of providing the service is fairly low relative to the perceived retail value.

      I would not suggest looking to barter for the most part, else you end up with a bunch of stuff that you cant take advantage of in lieu of the cold hard cash.

      I liken this with the idea of getting a great deal on something that you dont really want just because it was priced so low, now you got more shit piled up in the house and have less money than you did before.
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      One technique that I have used with success many times is when I have offered something and would be willing to take less anyway and then I toss in something they have, for example:

      I have something that I want to sell for 1k for and they are like how about $800 (And Im okay with $800) I might say, Okay Ill do it if it will help you out but you gotta throw in an oil change for me.
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      On another tangent I have had people try and barter with me and tell me that the radio station or magazine is willing to accept partial payment in trade to which I respond
      "Thats because what they have isnt even worth half the price they are asking for it, they figured they just got $500 in free food from you when you offered $500 plus $500 in gift certs for that $1000 ad"

      "Im charging you less AND giving you more but if it will make you feel better Ill be happy to double my price and make the same deal as the magazine'

      It usually gets a laugh.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by soontobefishing View Post

      I was just wondering if you guys think it's easier sometimes to close if you give a prospective client the offer of barter or is it better to let them bring it up. Of course 100% payment is great but if its 50/50 and a sale or 100% payment and no sale, then I wouldn't hesitate to take something in trade myself. Comments on this?
      I bring it up, or at least leave an opening for them to bring it up. I think one reason that it helps so much is that bartering for them is almost the same thing as making a sale.

      Remember, they think of your price as your price. And they also think of their wholesale cost as their price.

      I've done lots of bartering...even for things I throw away. But thee is always enough real money exchanged to make it profitable.

      Barter is also a great way to negotiate and keep your price integrity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jaro Services
    Now that's taking it back to the old days of barter, the truest form of currency
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    • Profile picture of the author cgt2012
      Originally Posted by Jaro Services View Post

      Now that's taking it back to the old days of barter, the truest form of currency
      Yes sir that and some good ole' whiskey
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  • Profile picture of the author lattlay123
    I did a website for a "new age healing" kind of place a few years back and they gave me 3 months of free reiki sessions as a bonus. It was certainly interesting...
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    I got a certification for Striptease Instruction.
    Bartering rocks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    I'd love to join you for the dinner if i could!
    you are a lucky guy to have a client like this...
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Your client was so happy with your service I guess.

    To get some free meat is a bonus.

    Can I have some pepporoni to add to my pizza please.
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  • Profile picture of the author AaronHeid
    that's so stone age

    i've had a client who sold lpg to family owned houses. He offered me the payment with gas. did i take it? of course no, i don't love to get paid with invisible things.
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  • Way to go, soontobefishng! I love original stories like this one. I once had a contractor build a bay window on the south side of my house as barter payment for the work I did for him. We both made out really well with that one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Smith18
    Hey, congrats on that thing. I have also got paid so many times and its very exciting to do the work for which you get paid in advance. I hope you'll do good with your work, best of luck.
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