Last year, I received some great coaching from fellow business mum Tammy Furey. Tammy owns Furey Coaching which helps you to break free from the 9 - 5 rat race and create a freelance life that you love. Tammy and I met through the marvellous WomenBizChat community on Twitter which is organised and run by Victoria Player, who helps women entrepreneurs attract more clients and design the business of their dreams. Each twitter chat session usually concentrates on a particular topic and on a certain day the topic of conversation was about the bartering of services and whether any of us had done it before or would want to. It was during this chat that I said that I would love to receive some business coaching in exchange for a piece of commissioned artwork. I didn't really think anything would come of it, to be honest.
Soon after, Tammy contacted me to offer a bartering of services after having had a look around my website and liking my work. I was thrilled at her offer and at the same time, scared that I wouldn't be able to create a piece of work that was equivalent in value to the coaching she was offering. Tammy put me at ease and we began our coaching sessions. She is a very gentle coach, but honest with a great sense of humour. She also has one of those essential skills for successful coaches and that is: active listening. She was so good that despite my frequent rambling on, she was able to pinpoint what my main issues were.
Tammy eased a lot of my apprehensions about the future of my business, gave me some great advice and some fabulous exercises to try, all of which helped me to clarify what I wanted and how to achieve my goals. I truly believe that my coaching sessions with Tammy were instrumental in getting me in the right mindset to accept an invitation to exhibit my art for the first time and also to get my first set of prints produced and available for sale.
During my coaching with Tammy, I asked her what sort of art she wanted me to create for her. She was very good at communicating her wishes and she told me that she wanted a woman working on her laptop surrounded by nature and looking happy and relaxed. She also expressed a desire to uplift and inspire others to recognize their potential and to realize the possibilities of becoming a freelancer. Other keywords emerged as we talked more such as 'freedom' and 'success'.
So after sending her several progress shots, here is the final painting that I created for Tammy:
Overall my experience of bartering services was very rewarding and I feel lucky that Tammy and I had a good rapport and worked well together. Have you ever done a bartering of services? If so, how was it? If not, would you ever try? Let me know in the comments!