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Service Exchange & Reviews
Barter forum to post projects and request free services in exchange for services or non-monetary options.
Here's the way I see it. There are talented artists and people and companies who are just starting out who need to build portfolios and build business relationships. On the other hand there are other people and businesses who are also starting out and do not have a lot of money for design or set-up,
graphics, advertising or whatever they need. I am suggesting a forum which brings these people together. One example would be that you have just finished a terrific children's story and need an illustrator. You could post the project on elance.com or some such site, but you don't have the money to pay an illustrator up front. You just have a great children's story. With a barter forum you could post a project for an illustrator and get responses from artists willing to do the work for their portfolio and/or a percentage of the profits. The illustrator could decide if he or she wants to invest their time and talent in the project for a later return. Another example would be if you had an idea for a website but not the talent to design a website or money to purchase web design or marketing services. You could offer a similar deal. The artists would decide based on your plan whether they wanted to partner with you. Like small venture capitalists with talent instead of money.
I also see this forum as a resource for reviews and ratings of fee services on the web. I checked AskJeeves when I tried to find the lowest price for domain name registration services. There are many sites that rate costs for products and rate sites that offer products, such as gomez.com, but I couldn't find any central place that rates or reviews services. There are individual sites that rate or review specific services like hostsearch.com for website hosting services.
I think this forum would fill an existing need. Any comments and suggestions would be appreciated.
Barter.com: redefining retail barter
Baked. They've been around for a few years. [BigThor, Jul 21 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]
Epinions "Web Services" category
You can find ratings for anything on Epinions. [egnor, Jul 21 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]
An excellent support service exchange for IT professionals. [BigThor, Jul 21 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]
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||You may well end up with lots of "I have a great idea, I just need software developers and artists and content authors and Webmasters!" and very few people itching to work on someone else's project. There are lots of ideas in the world, and as long as someone is doing work "for their portfolio", they might as well follow their own creative impulses.
||Collaboration (e.g. between authors and illustrators) is a more interesting idea. Is there a need for a rendezvous point for creative people who want to collaborate on projects? Maybe. I tend to think they can find each other already...
||Finally, you seem to have two almost completely independent ideas here. What do service reviews and creative partnerships have in common?
||You might want to check the link below for ePeople. It isn't quite a barter service for technical support, but it's close. People or companies with computer problems post their problems on the site, and any one of the technicians registered on the site (including myself) can submit a bid to fix the problem- some of the bids are even free.
||This doesn't qualify the above idea as baked (it's only for computer tech support), but the site would be an excellent model for this idea.