A traditional way to do business is to meet someone face to face, have a little small talk, look each other in the whites of the eyes and agree a deal with a firm handshake. The trouble is that these days, the people we do business with are scattered across the globe and it’s not always easy or even necessary to arrange a face to face meeting.
You may meet someone online who wants to do business with you or even believes that they could collaborate with your services to create something amazing. After discussions on the phone, email or Skype for example, the finer details can be arranged but trust should also be a key factor. Some people may appear to be your new best friend but if there is the option to add extra security to a transaction then it’s worth doing. This is especially true with our new secure handshake agreement, where you can both benefit without needing to stretch the purse strings and skillshare.
We actively encourage skillsharing in our community and the skillfinder service (page only visible when you are logged in) enables members to search for people based on a certain combination of skills and also by location. This has proved very popular and many of our members have said they are willing to barter their skills.
We understand that some people are a little cautious having just met someone online who wants their service for free in exchange for the work they will do for them. Therefore, we’ve introduced the ‘Secure Handshake’. This involves both parties placing a deposit with Opus Matrix until the jobs are complete. Once both parties are satisfied with the result, each person gets their money back (please note that a 10% admin fee applies). If you have been in touch with someone who wants to barter with you and skillshare, please email the details to [email protected].
We also have further exciting announcements for skillsharing on this site. Coming soon!
The OM Team
P.S. If you have any queries about your membership, profile or our special offers, please contact [email protected]