Archives for March 2014

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Small Businesses: Don’t Watch Your Out-Of-Pocket Costs Fall Down the Rabbit Hole

Originally published in My Forsyth Magazine. Click HERE to view story on page 17.

Small Businesses: Don’t Watch Your Out-of-Pocket Costs Fall Down the Rabbit Hole

Managing out-of-pocket costs can be challenging for any small business owner. Sometimes it seems that these costs disappear down a rabbit hole just like Alice in Wonderland. Turning to the White Rabbit or Cheshire Cat won’t help. However, The Mad Hatter offers great advice on how to keep cash in your business. Kevin Sparks, owner of The Mad Hatter explains: “I use The Barter Company to help manage my out-of-pocket costs because through them I can trade my services for things the company needs and I don’t have to pay cash.”

This particular Mad Hatter is a local company specializing in chimney sweep service, air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, fireplaces and fireplace accessories, and all kinds of outdoor living items from Big Green Eggs to pool supplies. For more than 10 years, The Mad Hatter and The Barter Company have worked together to manage the company’s cash flow and use trade rather than cash.

“Before I reach for my wallet, I call The Barter Company. Nine times out of ten they have a service or product I need,” said Sparks. “My trade coordinator works with me one-on-one and is very accommodating and actively seeks what I want. It’s a great concept.”

People have exchanged goods and services for centuries through a simplistic barter system. Today, barter plays an important role in the payments industry with businesses incorporating it into their system along with cash, credit, virtual payments, and loyalty cards. “Alternative currencies are trending for business,” explains Ric Zampatti, The Barter Company CEO. “More and more businesses are taking another look at barter and how it can benefit their cash flow.”

The Barter Company is a recognized leader in the barter industry with offices in Georgia and Florida. TBC provides businesses with an alternative currency network by using barter dollars instead of cash to handle your transactions. TBC acts as a third-party records keeper, providing clients with monthly statements that reflect all barter purchases, sales and current barter dollar balance. For more information, please visit www.thebartercompany.com.

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Helping Owners Navigate the Ups and Downs of Running a Business

Originally published in Points North Magazine, Cobb Business Journal and The Brightside Newspaper. Click HERE to view story in Points North.

Helping Owners Navigate the Ups and Downs of Running a Business

All businesses have their ups and downs. It can be like a roller coaster. How can a business owner find the right path through all the twists and turns? One way is barter and a great example of how well barter can work is Six Flags Over Georgia & Six Flags White Water and their partnership with The Barter Company.

For more than 10 years, Six Flags Over Georgia & Six Flags White Water has worked together with The Barter Company to stretch their budget dollars further to do more for less.

Debbie McGraw, Director of Administration for the Atlanta area theme parks, describes how The Barter Company has helped. “Over the years, we’ve saved tens of thousands of dollars by using barter. We regularly use The Barter Company member businesses for transportation, employee gifts, printing,  banners and signs, and dining certificates. Instead of paying with cash, we pay in theme park tickets.”

People have exchanged goods and services for centuries through a simplistic barter system. Today, barter plays an important role in the payments industry with businesses incorporating it into their system along with cash, credit, virtual payments, and loyalty cards. “Alternative currencies are trending for business,” explains Ric Zampatti, The Barter Company CEO. “More and more businesses are taking another look at barter and how it can benefit their cash flow.”

Each year, Six Flags Over Georgia & Six Flags White Water relies on The Barter Company for items to trade that are vital to its business operations. McGraw continues: “If we need something new, I’ll ask my member service advisor. The staff at The Barter Company is very knowledgeable and always willing to assist with finding a vendor for a service we need. I highly recommend The Barter Company to any business owner looking to make their budget dollars go the extra mile.”

The Barter Company is a recognized leader in the barter industry with offices in Georgia and Florida. TBC provides businesses with an alternative currency network by using barter dollars instead of cash to handle your transactions. TBC acts as a third-party records keeper, providing clients with monthly statements that reflect all barter purchases, sales and current barter dollar balance. For more information, please visit www.thebartercompany.com.

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