I tried a few years ago. With great excitement, I got as far as listing all the tools/equipment/talents I could offer. I showed my list and explained the idea to one neighbour, who said “Great idea, but I doubt if anybody would sign on.”
I need help!
That negative reaction dampened my enthusiasm and I’ve been so busy since then that I haven’t even tried to take it any further. I’m not a good salesperson. I think that if something is a good idea, everybody should be happy to be a part of it. I really dislike trying to ‘sell’ an idea (or a product).
Spring seems to be the perfect time to get a community barter/borrow project going. Everybody is pondering all the sprucing up, fixing and maintenance that needs scheduling. We don’t all need to own every tool for a small job, we aren’t all experts or experienced at everything, and it’s another great way to bring community together. What I need is mentoring from a community that’s already doing this with success. (Then I need lots of help with my ‘to-do’ list.)
What’s your experience?
Have you ever participated in such a group? Got tips? A blueprint of sorts? Ideas to get going? Help, please!
If you’re in my position, check back to see what help is offered.