Top ten tips for making the perfect swop
Swopping skills, services and even hobbies is a great way to get something you need without having to pay for it in cash.
It may be something you’re used to doing quite naturally in your day to day life, especially if you attend business networking groups – Swopatrade takes this and rolls it out on a huge scale so that potential traders in a huge variety of industries and locations can be found in a matter of minutes.
The innovative creation of Swopatrade means businesses everywhere can now access services they may not have been able to afford otherwise, in exchange for a few hours of extra work that you can fit in when it suits you.
So, that all sounds great, but how do you go about making effective swops on a large platform like this? With that in mind, we’ve come up with our top ten tips to help you get the ball rolling on making the perfect swop.
- Sell yourself. It all starts with a good profile that really sells you and your business, or the services you have to offer. The more you put into your profile, the more you can build your reputation and get people interested in what you do. Getting this right from the outset can help you attract more swops – and therefore get more swops in return.
- Photos and videos. A picture (or video) can say a thousand words, so adding imagery to your profile can help you stand out from the crowd.
- What do you have to offer. Think about all the different services you have to offer and list them individually, that way you’re not limiting yourself.
- Check demand. Different services are most in demand at different times and it’s worth keeping an eye on these to see if you can tap into that demand. Popular services include personal trainers, language tutors, web developers, legal advisors, recruiters, nutritionists and cleaners.
- Know your worth. Before you add your swops and request swops from others, make sure you’ve really considered your worth. Swopping your trade could be easy – for example, you may have a set price or a set hourly rate, but it is something that needs to be quantified so you can ensure you’re trading something of similar value.
- Be specific. Once you make contact with someone to negotiate a particular swop, make sure you set out what you’re looking for and what you can offer in return clearly and in detail. This may include specifying number of hours of work, any preferred times or terms and conditions that need highlighting.
- Be professional. It may sound obvious, but Swopatrade is a business community in which you can build your reputation, so every contact or dealing you have with someone counts – even if you’re saying ‘thanks, but no thanks’ on occasion. It’s best to treat every contact as a business transaction and be courteous.
- Build trust. Successful swopping is all about trust, on both sides. It may help to email or call someone you may potentially be able to do business with to assist in building that mutual trust.
- Be reliable. It’s fine to decline a trade while you’re still negotiating, as long as you let the other person know in a timely fashion that it’s not for you. However, once you’ve made an agreement it’s important to stick to that and fulfil your end of the deal. If any problems arise, then keeping the lines of communication open can make all the difference to the success of your swop.
- Recommend, review and refer. Swopatrade is all about building a community of like-minded business people. This involves leaving reviews, recommending and referring the services of others. But don’t wait for someone to refer or review you – take the initiative and thank someone for a job well done, or recommend them to another person. It’s likely that people will then want to do the same for you.
Hopefully this article has given you a good starting point on how to take the first steps towards your perfect swop today, and you can also have a look at our frequently asked questions for more information.