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Top 5 Financial Planning Tips for Business Owners

Spring is officially here. March 20 is the first day of spring, we’ve changed the clocks to daylight savings time, and Tax Day is in four weeks. This year, taxes are due on April 18.

As a business owner, this is a good time to take stock in your organization and determine future success. While you should always know where you are financially, this is an optimal time to consider the big picture and make sure your business “house” is in order. While you’re gathering and organizing your information to file your taxes, take the time to reflect on how to best run your business so it is not only profitable for you each year but a possible lifetime investment.

Here are a five financial planning tips that new and seasoned business owners should consider:

1.    Develop a plan that takes into account your personal financial goals as well as your business goals. These should complement each other and help you build your business for personal success. Select a legal structure that suits your long-term needs. There are many options available from an LLC to a full-fledged corporation. Discuss the best option with your attorney. Which leads us to the next tip …

2.    Hire professionals. Using your cousin to do your taxes might save some money but is only a good idea if she’s a CPA. The same goes for the person setting up your company. An attorney will set up your company properly as well as help you when other contracts and paperwork are needed. Having a “team” of professional working for you might sound expensive but could save you money in the long run. It will also provide a business owner with peace of mind.

3.    Learn how to control costs and understand cash flow. Look for ways to reduce overhead and administrative costs. Also, know when your company’s cash flow may fluctuate. Your business may experience seasonal sales swings that you can anticipate and plan for. Learning about options, such as barter, can also help you sell inventory, fill appointments, and save cash during those times.

4.    Manage your taxes. Don’t let small business taxes get the better of you. Make sure you meet deadlines, make payments in full, and stay ahead of quarterly taxes to avoid paying late fees and penalties.

5.    Plan for succession. This is an important focus as businesses grow and mature. Someday, you might want to take a smaller role at your company but allow it to keep growing. Have an idea of who could run the company for you. If you don’t have anyone currently, identify someone who could grow into the position or look to hire someone who meets those qualifications. This is also a good idea in case of illness, extended vacations, or emergency family situations.

Make the time to keep your finances organized to help your business run smoothly both now and in the future. Plan accordingly and your company could provide you with solid financial performance for many years to come.

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Troo Sale

Troo Sale 

You do not want to miss our huge inventory of amazing scarves, ponchos, tees and yoga wear!

Our collection is fun, hip, trendy and takes you from work to the gym to date night to Saturday funday and everything in between. Kids sizing also available. From our Americasmart showroom we also have house wear, knick knacks, leather goods and great giftables for Holiday shopping!! All at the wholesale pricing. Bring your kids and be prepared to shop till you drop!

 

Saturday, September 10 at 10am-3pm
10010 Campestral Ct. Duluth, Georgia 30097

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Food Tastes Better on Barter

Here are just a few of our great restaurants that want your business! Be sure to download our free mobile app “Trade Studio for TBC” so you can use the “What’s Nearby” feature when you are out and about to find great food near you. 

Available for iPhone and Droid

Please remember:  When dining out on barter, we require all clients leave at least an 18% cash tip. We want to be sure our restaurants are well taken care of so that we can continue to offer delicious food on trade!  All of these restaurants accept the Barter Card!

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Il Forno NY Pizza & Pasta

5680 Roswell Road

Sandy Springs, GA 30342

404.255.8486

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Senor Patrons (2 locations)

Johns Creek 

3005 Old Alabama Road Ste. 200

Johns Creek, GA 30302

770.343.9021

Midtown

860 Peachtree St. Ste. H

Atlanta, GA 30308

404.645.7987

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Pepperoni’s Duluth Ale House  

2750 Buford Hwy No. 5B

Duluth, GA 30096

770.232.0224

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Houck’s Grille

10930 Crabapple Road

Roswell, RD 30075

Alpharetta, GA 30005

770.993.8000

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Saba (2 locations)

Emory Village

1451 Oxford Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30307

404.377.7786

Oakhurst Village

250 Mead Road

Decatur, GA 30030

404.377.9266

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Titos Taqueria

730 Indian Trail Lilburn road

Lilburn, GA 30047

678.654.3564

 

India Chef 

720 Holcomb Bridge Road

Roswell, GA 30076

770.817.0661

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Bhojanic

3400 Around Lenox Road Ste 201

Atlanta, GA 30326

404.841.8472

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Goad Barbecue Company

722 Collins Hill Road No. N

Lawrenceville, GA 30045

678.218.0398

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Uncle Maddios Pizza (2 locations)

Atlanta/Akers Mill

2955 Cobb Pkwy Ste.290

Atlanta 30339

770.955.5223

Kennesaw

745 Chastain Road NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144

770.955.5223

Website

 

Johnnys NY Style Pizza (3 locations)

Kennesaw

3940 Cherokee St. Ste. 104

Kennesaw, GA 30144

678.355.0825

Marietta/Dallas Hwy

3718 Dallas Hwy

Marietta, GA 30064

770.529.5300

Hickory Flat

6124 Hickory Flat Hwy Ste. G

Canton, GA 30115

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Sushi Avenue

308 W Ponce De Leon Avenue

Decatur, GA 30030

404.378.8448

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Angelos New York Style Pizza

 650 Henderson Drive

Cartersville, GA 30120

770.387.1188

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On a Roll Gourmet Sandwich Shop

2893 N. Main Street NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144

770.693.2527

 

Pisano’s NY Style Pizza & Italian Kitchen

2740 Summers Street

Kennesaw, GA 30144

770.966.9600

Website

 

Coachs Cut Hoagies

140 Mark Whitefield Street

Jasper, GA 30143

706.253.2000

 

Baja Fresh

 250 Park Avenue West NW #102

Atlanta, GA 30313

404.681.2252

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Messina’s Mediterranean 

 4075 Lawrenceville Hwy

Lilburn, GA 30313

770.935.9990

Website

 

Pepperoni’s Tavern 

 4190 Old Milton Pkwy

Alpharetta, GA 30005

770.343.8228

Website

 

The Real Mandarin House 

 9775-G Medlock Bridge Road

Duluth, GA 30155

770.476.9998

 

Empire State Pizza & Dogs

 2948 Five Forks Trickum Road

Lawrenceville, GA 30044

770.972.8249

Website

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Swipe Technology is Changing the Way the Barter Industry Does Business

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The Barter Company launched its card based swipe trade transaction processing and client barter card program in 2011, which has helped make them the fastest growing trade exchange in the Southeast. The program enables the electronic processing of magnetic stripe cards (Client Barter Cards and Barter Gift Cards) at participating barter exchange merchant locations nationwide using a standard POS merchant terminal for credit card transactions.

Client Barter Cards are issued to clients upon joining The Barter Company and distributed to all active users on the barter account. Traditional POS merchant terminals are enhanced with custom trade software and clients then install the swipe terminals at their restaurant or retail location for simple transaction processing. These newly updated terminals allow for real-time trading and immediate transfer of funds, much like traditional debit transactions.

Cardholders are barter exchange clients processing a buy/sell barter transaction, or consumers that have received barter Gift Cards from TBC clients. These Gift Cards have trade amounts (barter dollars) loaded onto their card for use at participating merchants for shopping at their establishments.  Clients have the capability of buying Gift Cards with their trade dollars and the funds are simply transferred. These gift cards are then usable at select locations within the exchange. This provides clients the ability to give those outside of the membership (their employees, customers, friends, etc.) a means of making purchases with trade dollars. This is often used as a means for members to reward customers and bonus or give employee incentives.

For restaurants, high traffic retail, and service locations, a TBC specific swipe card terminal can be installed that provides the user the experience of a typical “credit card” type transaction.  These terminals are not connected through a merchant provider (no associated merchant fees or batch settlement processes) but have been designed to simply connect directly to TBC’s internal system through the internet, conducting a transaction in a simplified and quick functionality.

The goal is to make a trade transaction easy to use and as immediate to process as any online banking, swiping a card, and/or a mobile app transaction. A transaction (or authorization) can now be conducted from any place where the internet can be accessed… even via smart phone.  TBC also offers clients a free mobile app (Trade Studio for The Barter Company) so that trade transactions can be done effortlessly. The app allows users process live and secure transactions directly from their mobile device with activated data service, as well as tools to allow member account management and directory search of members with mapping capabilities linked directly to their device’s GPS capabilities.   To download the mobile app titled “Trade Studio for The Barter Company”, click here for Droid users and here for iPhone/iPad users.

The Barter Company’s swipe technology has made bartering faster and easier than ever. With more than 2,500 clients in the Metro Atlanta area, TBC is a recognized leader in the barter industry. One reason for this is the ability to stay ahead of the curve with the latest and greatest technological advances. For more info, visit www.barterco.com.

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Have You Referred Anyone Lately?

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Do you want to barter with more great businesses in your area? We’re in the business of putting clients together to grow their business and save cash…who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?? Our network grows thanks to clients like you and the great referrals we get!

We currently pay up to $200 cash and trade for EACH referral business you have join TBC. Each month we have a “Top 10” list of business categories our clients are asking for and those pay $200cash/$200trade each. All other referrals pay $100cash/$100trade. Easy as 1,2,3! To check out our current “Top 10 List” click here or log into your barter account at www.barterco.com and click on the left side link.

To refer a business, simply complete this form below and earn cash and trade today!

Got questions? Call us at (770) 591-4343.

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Look at all these clients who are getting paid to trade!

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We’re Celebrating Our 20th Year!!

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This year, The Barter Company is celebrating 20 years in business! In celebration of this milestone, we have lots of fun events and fun planned. To start the year off with a bang, we’ll be hosting:

January 30th20th Anniversary Casino Night Party – 7:30-10:30 @ The Metropolitan Club. RSVP by clicking HERE

March 23rd – Client Mixer at Houck’s Grille in Roswell from 6-8pm. RSVP by clicking HERE.

Be sure to stay connected with us through Facebook and Twitter so you can take part in our celebrations and our giveaways throughout the year!

Thank you for being a part of our success over the years and for the wonderful business relationships we’ve built. We look forward to many more to come!

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Tax Deductible Donations During the Holidays

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The holidays are upon us and it’s the perfect time of year to give back! Being a client of The Barter Company gives you access to making trade donations to some incredible non-profit groups who would greatly appreciate your support. Here are some organizations you can make a tax deductible donation to:

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for Children – GA Chapter – The PBTF-GA is the first line of support for families of children with brain tumors in Georgia, with some programs extending into eight other states.

C.H.O.I.C.E.S (provides fun outings, nutritional products to obese children ages 3 – 17 boys & girls)

MUST Ministries – MUST addresses the basic needs of individuals, families and children with facilities in the Cobb and Cherokee counties and programs in numerous other counties. MUST brings people of many faiths together to respond to God’s challenge to minister to others with compassion and love, without judgment of the beliefs, background or circumstances of those who serve or are being served.

To make a donation, please call our office at (770) 591-4343.

 

 

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Today is “Giving Tuesday”… How Will You Give?

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Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday.

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and people around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. (from http://www.givingtuesday.org)

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Being a client of The Barter Company also gives you access to making trade donations to some incredible non-profit groups who would greatly appreciate your support. Here are some organizations you can make a tax deductible donation to:

  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for Children – GA Chapter – The PBTF-GA is the first line of support for families of children with brain tumors in Georgia, with some programs extending into eight other states.
  • C.H.O.I.C.E.S (provides fun outings, nutritional products to obese children ages 3 – 17 boys & girls)
  • MUST Ministries – MUST addresses the basic needs of individuals, families and children with facilities in the Cobb and Cherokee counties and programs in numerous other counties. MUST brings people of many faiths together to respond to God’s challenge to minister to others with compassion and love, without judgment of the beliefs, background or circumstances of those who serve or are being served.

To make a donation, please call our office at (770) 591-4343.

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Great Ways to Spend Your Barter During the Holidays

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Shop our Online Marketplace!

We are very excited about our Online Marketplace where you can buy and sell items as well as promote your services to other TBC clients. The marketplace has a “buy now” feature so that trades can be done quickly and effortlessly. To see what’s available on the Marketplace, click here to login. Then follow the top navigation tab to click “Marketplace”.

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Shop our stocking stuffers!

We have tons of great stocking stuffers to suite everyone on your list! Save cash this Christmas and buy your stokcing stuffers on trade. Click here for a complete list of available stocking stuffers.

 

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Shop our showrooms!

Our showrooms are stocked with holiday gift items for everyone on your list! We are open daily from 9-5 and we will also be open for Saturday shopping on 12/5, 12/12 and 12/19 from 10:00-2:00PM.

 

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Give the gift of barter!

You can purchase TBC gift cards in ANY increment so that your family, friends, employees and clients can shop on barter, too! It’s a wonderful way to give as well as keep more cash in your wallet this Christmas! Call us today at (770) 591-4343 to purchase gift cards.

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