Sally’s kids have been begging her to build them a play house out back, just like the one little Tilly’s dad built for her. But Sally has never built anything more than assembling some shelves from the store. She realizes she is in way over her head, and has no idea how to go about accomplishing the project. Little Tilly’s dad Jim is an excellent carpenter, but hates putting the finishing touches on projects. He has someone else do all the painting, or as he calls it “making it pretty.” Sally remembered that the last time Jim and his family were over he mentioned he needed to paint his remodeled kitchen, but was dreading the job. So Sally approaches Jim and offers to paint the kitchen and Tilly’s play house if he will build her kids a play house. A week later her kids had a beautiful playhouse and Jim’s kitchen had a fresh coat of paint. Everyone was happy with the end results.
Sally and Jim both needed a service done, and they had a skill they could trade. They were able to barter for what they needed.
Most everyone has something they can barter or trade. They have a skill or service they can do that you can’t. Or they have goods you want/need.