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I noticed that I have more ideas of how I could make a living when I consider bartering as a way of getting paid, instead of money.
A barter is an exchange of goods or services without the exchange of money. Once a common practice, nowadays a rarity (although on the rise). When you barter with people your goal is not to get money to pay your bills, you think about eliminating those bills. For example each day you will be offered a hot meal in exchange for what you do for them, and so you don’t need money in order to buy yourself a lunch each day. Multiply it (your saving) by the number of days in each week and you’ll know how much you “made”. You didn’t take any money from them, but the outcome for you (and them) is as if money changed hands. There are instances when it’s better for them to make such deal with you; and you don’t lose anything. Of course, you can also barter and then use whatever you’ve been given, provided with, and try to monetize that. That’s also an option.
In general not many people ponder it as their way of satisfying their needs (even the most basic ones where, I guess, it makes most sense — if you want to buy a Netflix subscription or go to fancy restaurant in a city you’re visiting, then you can probably forget about it).
Why not many of us consider it? Because the most common and most obvious way of satisfying our needs is when we go to work, get paid a certain amount of money at the end of a day, week or month and we use that money to pay for services and goods (things) we need, or which we buy habitually or because other people also buy them.
Not everybody has enough money (or wants to spend money), so if I necessarily want money in exchange for my services, goods or anything that I offer people, then my chances to do business with them (make deals) are limited. Many chances to make good deals are lost that way.
Which means that by considering a barter as a way of satisfying your needs you increase your chances to make deals with people and actually satisfy those needs.
Plus, when people are considering a career, or are searching for a job, they know that there are standard (going) rates for various kinds of tasks human beings perform. Which further reinforces the assumption that people work for money. That a transfer of a certain amount of money (in cash or otherwise) is the only possible option. And that’s not true.