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The Mind of a Smart Barter Trader

October 15th, 2012 · Barter Blog, Barter News

Like any trade, there are winners and losers in the barter exchange network business. It pays to learn the strategy and know what you’re doing before you even initiate a trade. Optimize your barter potential from the beginning with the right attitude and knowledge. Always winning isn’t a simple task, but it’s the heart of the game. Flexibly Creative

The barter network has a wide range of goods and services available, but you may need to be flexible as well as creative to truly meet your needs. You may need to keep an open mind on suppliers and shop around for the best alternative available, and you might even need to be open to travel in order to get the ideal item. Be prepared to be flexible. Either way, when you barter for the item or service you’ll get a much better deal than you would by paying cash. After all, when you spend the trade dollars earned from new sales to new barter customers you’ll end up with filling your needs at your cost of goods discount and keep more cash in your checkbook.

Don’t let the idea of barter limit you with what you can do. Have you considered paying suppliers with barter? This can really cut down on your business expense, as your surplus literally feeds the bottom line of your company. If a particular company is playing hardball in negotiating a deal, offer to do part of the job in exchange for barter. Get the company involved in your barter network, you’ll gain a new client and collect both cash and trade to sweeten the transaction.

Practice Urgent Patience

No matter the size of the barter network, not everything will be available immediately when you want it. You may have to wait for the best deal or the right quality item. Take your time. Goods and services come and go, so there will always be another chance. At the same time, know when the time is right. Don’t let the perfect barter deal disappear because you hesitated. Investigate, research in advance and learn when to pull the trigger on a good barter opportunity. High demand items go fast in a barter network – it pays not to hesitate with barter.

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In Today’s Economy – Any Business that Doesn’t Barter Squanders

September 25th, 2012 · Barter Blog, Barter News

If your business doesn’t actively participate in a barter exchange network, you’re squandering resources. It’s that simple. If you’ve got surplus inventory sitting around or empty time slots while you’re paying cash to meet other needs, you might as well be lighting Cuban cigars with $100 bills. It’s a new world and new market. The barter exchange concept can turn that unneeded surplus into business resources, saving your cash supply and improving your bottom line. Why let your surplus sit to gather dust when it can become a resource?Barter Exchange

Organized business to business barter is a profitable way to exchange goods and services without the use of cash. A trade exchange provides a whole network of business owners who agree to sell and buy products and services with barter credits. Participants don’t need to rely on direct trades, which opens up the potential for just about anything. You can trade printers for computers, spa services for travel, or even dry cleaning for auto repair. It’s just that simple.

Every business has a constant burden of cash flow. Do away with the cash expenses and help meet your basic needs through the barter exchange. That will result in much more cash for profit margins, payment of employee paychecks or utilities. It’s a creative approach to business needs that doesn’t cut into profits.

Not only does it save your cash flow, but because you exchange at your wholesale cost of goods in a barter exchange, you get the goods and services at a great dollar value, further protecting your bottom line. Liquidate your surplus into things you need within the exchange network. It’s a new economy. If your business still operates under the old paradigm, you’re in danger of not only being a dinosaur, but also becoming extinct. Get resourceful and get started in a barter exchange network today.

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Innovation in Barter Exchange

September 11th, 2012 · Barter Blog, Barter News

Building a business takes creativity and one of the ripest markets for ingenuity is the barter exchange business. Ironically, it borrows from old trading systems that go back long before Genghis Khan popularized the spread of paper money. Luckily, the modern barter system has made advancements from the days of yore, so you get the best of both worlds. You can obtain virtually anything you need through trading your own surplus goods, but realize you are no longer limited to direct trades. In a barter exchange network, you trade for barter credit (often referred to as trade dollars) that works like virtual cash, making it much easier to trade your surplus for your specific needs. There is no longer the need to find someone who needs exactly what you have, and offers exactly what you are seeking.

Let’s say you’re in the market for a new motorcycle, but you have an untapped acre or two in West Virginia your family owns but you’ve never been to.You could try putting out a sign “Will Trade Forest for a Harley,” but your neighbors will think your crazy and they’re probably right. A more reasonable choice, however, would accomplish pretty much the same thing. Place the land for sale through a barter exchange network, sell the property to earn barter credits, and turn those dollars into a motorcycle. The exchange network offers the best of both worlds – goods in exchange for trade, but through a wide network so the trade doesn’t need to be direct.

Meeting your needs without the use of cash is real ingenuity. You not only rid yourself of surplus, but you’re able to purchase other goods and services at your cash cost of goods. The barter exchange empowers business owners to meet their needs outside of the traditional economic system. It’s a creative approach to an old trading technique. Get started with barter today.

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Getting Started with Barter: Where to Begin

August 29th, 2012 · Barter Blog, Barter News

A barter exchange can be a great place for businesses and individuals to liquidate unneeded surplus in exchange for needed goods or services, but it takes a little know how to get a barter business off the ground. Like any business, there are successes as well as failures, so don’t simply dive in head first. Get to know the industry, have a plan and learn the strategies that work.

Assess Assets

First, establish what you have to trade. Be creative. Trade can count services such as restaurant credit or babysitting, even massage work. You may not needed 50 surplus laser printers, but someone on the exchange might. Value is relative. The beauty of the exchange is the wide availability of needs that can be met. In a virtual world, just about every surplus or service is needed by somebody; however, a trade exchange network is the only way you can trade what you have for what you need, without the requirement of an exact swap with a trading partner. Generic trade dollars or credits facilitate the clearinghouse type of transaction required.

Be Honest

Always be up front about the goods you are trading. Include pictures and a description, and don’t try to stretch the truth. You don’t want to damage your reputation in the barter exchange, so stick to reality.

Learn the Network

Like any business, the barter exchange network requires know-how, strategy and planning. The best way to learn is to take a training class from someone with deep experience in the industry. They can help guide you in the process of building a barter business, detailing each step along the way. Review the credentials of the program in detail. Experience is essential to the value of each program. Always do your homework on the barter trainer before committing to the program.

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The Barter Exchange: Turn Surplus into Needed Inventory

August 22nd, 2012 · Barter Blog

Got outdated or low value inventory filling your storeroom? Turn it into a commodity quickly with barter. Using modern exchange networks, virtually any product or service can be traded for another, from surplus cleaning products to printers and office equipment to even haircuts and massages. When participating in an exchange network, you trade surplus goods in exchange for credits, so it’s not like trading a car in a direct exchange for your neighbor’s boat, for example. The goods you acquire do not necessarily need to be attached to the goods traded. The credits work like money, but are limited for use with other participants of the barter exchange network for other valuable goods or services you need.

Barter has become a new way to do business in this surplus economy. Businesses may have plenty of surplus products and production time due to layoffs, discontinued markets or other fall out from the recession, but cash certainly isn’t one of them. Barter is a way for businesses to get what they need while liquidating merchandise, all without the use of cash. Since you trade at your cost of goods (wholesale value), there is room for profit incentive, and some people are even able to establish their own independent businesses from the trades they initiate on the network.

Of course, like any market, it pays to have some expertise on the concept. To take optimal advantage of trading, many businesses are having their employees attend barter training seminars. The investment is modest and a business can gain a substantial ROI by learning how to profitably turn excess capacity and products to improve their bottom line. Considering the savings and ability to turn otherwise worthless commodities into needed inventory, it’s an investment that pays the company back over and over again in the long run.

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Barter Exchange: A Business Investment

August 3rd, 2012 · Barter Blog, Barter News

There’s certainly no free ride in this economy, and the barter exchange business is no different. It might not be a money faucet, but you can develop a lucrative, legitimate business that results in bona fied profits. Like any business, however, it takes an investment, starting with an entrepreneurial spirit and professional training by an experienced trade. To really understand the ins and outs of the barter system business, it’s best to learn from an expert. Keep in mind, however, as more and more people jump onto the bandwagon of the barter concept, there are plenty of less experienced salesmen in the market training programs that sell themselves as experts on the system when the teachers may actually be new to the concept themselves. Be sure any training program you enroll in has the experience to back it up, and that includes measurable success they’ve built through their own experiences.

Like any business, it will take investment. Aside from the training program, you’ll need to invest a good deal of your profits back into the business in order to snowball growth. It may be slow moving at first, but let’s admit it, starting a business is no easy accomplishment. Have patience and take heart. A good barter training program will not only highlight the trades of the business, but also teach you, step by step, how to launch your own profitable trade exchange network, beginning from the early shoestring budgets of starting the business to growing it into a worthwhile endeavor that reaps many residual benefits for years to come.

You’ve got to give in order to earn when it comes to owning any business. That’s the real world. It’s a professional business, but it can be started out of your home, shoe-stringed off your own investment. Learn the right way how to successfully begin your own barter business today.

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To Boldly Barter in the New Economy

July 27th, 2012 · Barter Blog

Today’s economic conditions are unprecedented. Granted, it’s not the Great Depression, but the Great Recession creates its own hardships and challenges that can only be dealt with by reaching outside of the traditional tool box. No, manufacturing will never return to the Midwest or the rest of the country for that matter, not when cheap labor in China is so widely available. Rather than hopelessly waiting for an extinct economic system to return, many people are turning to the barter system as a valuable way to trade goods and services without the use of cash. Indeed, many businesses are funded through barter which turns surplus goods and services into needed commodities. Barter alone in the US is a $6 billion industry that puts not only resources to better use, but food on the table as well.

A barter exchange is a marketplace of surplus goods and services that are traded for credits that can in turn be used to “purchase” other goods offered from other businesses on the barter exchange. It works much like a bank, but uses its own form of currency, often referred to as, “trade dollars” instead of literal cash. This currency allows organized barter to not be limited to direct swaps between two parties. Any number of goods can be traded on the barter exchange system, from copies to restaurant gift cards to a massage at your local day spa.

The real beauty of it, however, is that the goods traded are profitable. One trades products at your own cost of goods, reaping better economic value than you’d get on a traditional cash dollar market. Many entrepreneurs use this value difference to launch their own businesses, operating out of their homes and creating real economic value as a result. Barter has become a powerful, money making tool in today’s Great Recession, as businesses become more resourceful in turning over a profit.

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Top Habits of the Successful Barter Trader

July 16th, 2012 · Barter Blog

Like any other craft, optimizing your participation in a barter exchange takes skill and technique. While the barter network offers a wealth of opportunities for profit potential with members offering valuable goods and services, you need to be well trained to know what you’re doing and generate the most return on your investment. You’ll need to cultivate the best in trading habits to make the most of your barter exchange.


Not everything is available all the time. The key to barter is to find what you want when it’s an abundant surplus. Like any other market, it’s a matter of supply and demand. Merchandise comes and goes. Wait until the time is right to use your trade dollars and get what you really want.

Nail It

At the same time, don’t wait too long when the opportunity presents itself. If you find the item you need at the rate you want, jump on it . . . even if it’s the middle of the night. Good barter deals don’t wait for you to sniff them out. Find them before your competitors.


The only limits to barter is your imagination. In this economy, it can come in handy in ways you don’t expect. Why not pay your suppliers with barter? They may be able to get a better rate, and you can meet your needs with surplus. If bidding for a competitive job, offer to be paid in trade – as incentive to select your company as the vendor. Always remember to think outside the box.

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Beating Unemployment with the Barter System

July 10th, 2012 · Barter Blog

Unemployment may be on the downswing, but don’t hold your breath. The unemployment rate has only begun to slip below 10 percent, and most comes from people who have just given up looking for work completely. While jobs have been added to the economy, it will be a long time, perhaps decades, before we ever have what we lost before 2008. Stop checking the want ads. This is a new economy, one with many factors that bring the economy back to the basics. Ironically, while jobs are scarce in this economy, surplus supplies are not. Getting rid of them, however, can be a trick, which is why many business owners have returned to barter to solve their dilemma. Not only is it a way for businesses to liquidate surplus resources and get what they need without cash, but it can be a lucrative employment opportunity, one that’s driven by the very circumstances that have rocked the economy.

Organized barter exchange network members trade surplus goods in exchange for credit or trade dollars, which can be used to purchase other needed goods and services. Literally, no money is exchanged, hence the term barter. The built in profits result from the wholesale buying power presented, as the business owners have purchased their merchandise at a discount and then sell it at a mark-up, which results in a rewarding profit margin.

In addition, many entrepreneurs are intrigued by the concept and are turning to the barter exchange network as a lucrative self-made business. Like any viable career, running a barter exchange requires professional training. Learn the ropes from a professional, and begin the path to your own career. When the want ads aren’t hiring, it’s time to decide if you have an entrepreneurial spirit. Take control of your future – find out how to start your own barter exchange network.


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Experience: The Trump Card in Barter Exchange

June 6th, 2012 · Barter Blog

For most, starting a business means earning a degree in the school of hard knocks, learning exactly what to do and not do through trial and error. While making mistakes starting any business is unavoidable, you can save yourself most of the headache by learning from someone who has already been there. One perfect example is the barter exchange network. It’s a system that enables businesses to trade surplus goods and services in exchange for credit called trade dollars, that can then be used to purchase other needed goods and services. Many are discovering it can be a lucrative self-made business, but like any business start-ups there are pitfalls. The best way to learn the secrets of success is from someone that knows the business first hand. Just as you wouldn’t expect to start a legal career without a law degree, don’t step into the barter exchange unless you’ve had professional training from someone that knows the business inside and out.

Barter Exchange Trainer

First and foremost, base any decision to attend a barter training program on the experience of the teacher. Don’t just sign up someone who only recently climbed on the bandwagon. Have they owned and operated a successful barter business themselves? How long have they traded with their barter exchange business, and what have they accomplished?

What kind of credentials does the trainer have? Are they recognized in the barter community? How long have they been in the business? Is this a fly-by night operation, or someone fully committed to the barter industry? The best traders have been utilizing the barter exchange for decades. Learn the ropes from a professional. Experience is the calling card of a good barter exchange training program.


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