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Keep Your Video Production Costs Down By Bartering

It is possible to get video production, video editing and 3D animation services with little out of pocket or up front expense to a business.  The solution is collaborating on trade so if you have a business that provides products or services that I find valuable we can leverage each other’s value propositions and exchange them.  So if you need video work done, I may need a new roof (which unfortunately we will need soon) — you get the point. 

One of my goals for this website is to find more freelance video production, video editing and 3D animation projects.  In the past I have enjoyed providing video services for smaller companies and nonprofits and have even provided these services on trade.  Bartering in this way has proven to be a creative win-win relationship!

Startups have limited resources at first

Perhaps you are a startup looking for quality and high value and want to keep your costs down.  Maybe your organization was looking to get videos made but due to the prohibitive cost and high quotes you were getting you decided to delay such investments to divert your limited resources to grow your business elsewhere.  Trading what you provide as value with other businesses that can help you is a creative win-win. 

Maybe you tried making videos yourself and you’re just not happy with the results. I have a lot of experience taking existing video projects and re-editing and repurposing them so organizations can get more value out of them.  You can save money and I have always found it challenging and fun to revitalize a business’s branding and messaging in this way.

How bartering for video production works

In exchange for your services and products I can provide video and general media services.  Perhaps you have a lobby video running on a loop you would like to freshen up or you do not have one at all but want one? Perhaps you are looking for a new series of television commercials or web explainer videos?  Maybe you want to put new testimonials on your website from some of your happiest customers, clients or patients?

We can both benefit from this type of collaboration.  In this sense it is not a matter of “you get what you pay for”.  This arrangement allows us to trade on the premium value we each assess for each other.  Depending on the scope of the projects, sometimes the trade doesn’t have to go dollar for dollar, we can even arrange for a percentage of trade at least to keep the project or hourly costs down.

We are currently open to trading our video production and editing services with a few of these businesses:

  • Restaurants & Cafes
  • Roofers
  • Computer/Workstations
  • Cloud hosting
  • Pest Control Company
  • Auto Sales & Repair
  • RV Sales and Rentals
  • Home Insulation
  • A/C Repairs
  • A/C Vent Cleaning
  • Home Construction and Subcontractors
  • New Driveway
  • Landscaping Companies
  • Plant Nurseries

This list is subject to change, so if you are a company looking to find creative ways to get Video Production Services without breaking the bank, reach out to me!

Bartering isn’t for everyone

In summary, in the past I have found it very rewarding to work with smaller companies on trade.  Startups without the capital at first to afford the level of video production they could afford at the beginning have limited options. Some companies may find that this is too low brow and are too proud to barter so they will work around not using videos. Rest assured if these companies wait too long their competitors inevitably will not.

I’ve developed some great relationships with some very successful business owners and I’m proud to have seen many of these companies really take off.  Here are some examples of some of the partial trades I have provided video production services in exchange for:  A restaurant with a tab, a week with an RV, a credit for plants at a nursery, pallets of mulch and paver bricks, new computers and monitors, etc.

Please contact me by filling out the contact form or giving me a call. We can talk about your business goals and how videos can help you achieve your goals in advertising, providing information and helping you communicate effectively to your target market.

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