Transactions Don’t Always Involve Money

~~~   Transactions Don’t Always Involve Money   ~~~ Who remembers the days when you traded your bag of potato chips for a chocolate chip cookie? Or when you swapped your skateboard for your friend’s old bike? I’m sure some of you once negotiated to do your brother’s chores for the next three weeks if he would drive you to … Read More

B2B Barter: A Strategic Tool for the New Economy

— B2B Barter: A Strategic Tool for the New Economy — Financing a startup in this economy is challenging. Before buying anything for your startup, consider barter for things like office furniture, phone systems, and advertising, conserving precious operating cash. The old adage “what goes around, comes around” certainly seems to have proved itself true in the case of barter, … Read More

How Bartering Networks Are Helping Small Businesses Cash-In

~~ How Bartering Networks Are Helping Small Businesses Cash-In ~~ Your business has to much inventory and cash is tight – could bartering be the answer? While it may seem antiquated, modern-day bartering networks are smoothing out the wrinkles and many small businesses are turning to barter as a quick fix  during tough economic times. Click here to view [Infographic] ~ … Read More

Bartering Makes a Comeback

Bartering Makes a Comeback A graduate student trades the bananas he grows to a local café for gift cards. On Craigslist, a beekeeper on Hawaii Island says he wants to swap a Langstroth beehive for a sailboat or greenhouse. Using a bartering network, a freelance copywriter sells enough of her writing services to pay for an accountant. This is modern … Read More

This Couple Bartered For Their Entire $80,000 Wedding

== This Couple Bartered For Their Entire $80,000 Wedding == The average couple may spend about $30,000 on a wedding, but Jessica Norgard and Isaac Aaron Piche aren’t your average couple. Rather than shell out the kind of money that could buy the newlyweds a car, they decided to barter for their entire wedding. The Fresno-based couple dated for seven years and … Read More

7 Keys to Smart Bartering

~~~ 7 Keys to Smart Bartering ~~~ Watches, baseball cards, cupcakes and cookies, artwork, a journal entry, a bike, and even a dog all found new homes last month at Main Street Family Dentistry in Tupelo, Miss. Dentist Harry Rayburn and his staff accepted the tokens as a barter from 60 patients on a single day in May in exchange … Read More

Bartering Secrets: Entrepreneurs Turn to Age-old Business Strategy when Money Gets Tight

~~ Bartering Secrets: Entrepreneurs Turn to Age-old Business Strategy when Money Gets Tight ~~ Every other week, On Small Business reaches out to a panel of young entrepreneurs for answers to some of the most pressing questions facing small business owners. The following responses are provided by members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). Q: Some companies barter or exchange … Read More

Bartering is a Great Strategy for Success

~~~   Bartering is a Great Strategy for Success ~~~ As I wrote about last week, be creative with how you deal with suppliers, attorneys, CPAs, and even staff. I believe that any business problem can be solved if you get creative in finding a solution. You might be surprised how far you can get by being creative. One great solution … Read More

Sometimes Barter is Better for Your Small Business

~~  Sometimes Barter is Better for Your Small Business  ~~   In his landmark 1776 book Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith called money one of the  three great inventions, along with the written word and mathematics. Money has  helped businesses grow more efficiently, markets expand more dynamically, and  nations trade more effectively. But there is something still in use in … Read More

7 Tips on Barter for Small Business

~~~ 7 Tips on Barter for Small Business ~~~ Barter, an $8-12 billion dollar industry, is one of the businesses that flourishes in bad economies, as it offers entrepreneurs many opportunities to acquire things they need and want for no or little cash. Here are some of the things you should know about Barter, a great Bootstrapping activity. 1. It … Read More