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Make Mom Feel Special This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and everyone’s thinking what gift to give their mothers. It’s that time of the year again when people search for items that their mothers will love as they celebrate this special occasion. The Barter Company makes it easy to find the perfect gift to make mom feel special! Come shop our showroom and pick up certificates this week. For more ideas, call (770) 591-4343.

  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Massage Certificates
  • Salon & Spa Certificates
  • Home Decor

 

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Finding Innovative Ways to Manage Company Cash Flow

Finding Innovative Ways to Manage Company Cash Flow picOne of the most difficult parts of running a business is managing money. Every organization experiences the pain of being cash strapped at some point in its history. Whether it’s during the start-up phase, slow seasonal months, or increased competition, all businesses must continually keep a close eye on cash flow. Some business owners are quick to borrow when needing an infusion of cash. However, this isn’t always the best answer and with lending still tight, there are fewer options available.

 

If you’re concerned about your business experiencing constant financial ups-and-downs, you should examine your organization’s cash flow. Start by setting up a budget – daily, weekly or monthly – to track company expenses and revenue. Taking the time to focus on budgeting and cash flow is time well spent. A smart business owner is constantly monitoring cash flow and looking for ways to save cash and increase revenue.

 

Here are some ideas to think about when managing your company’s cash flow.

  • Accounts receivable. Are your customers paying on time? Make sure you don’t allow customer payments to “float” too long. In fact, it might benefit your cash flow to offer a discount of 2 or 3% for customers who pay early.
  • New business. It’s usually more cost effective to increase existing customer business than to attract new customers. However, many industries experience turnover in their customer base which requires them to always be looking for new business. In that case, maximize referrals, marketing, and promotion to help new customers find you.
  • Reduce expenses. Administrative costs should be the first place to look for cutting expenses. Is there a more cost-effective alternative to providing the basic operations of your company? Find new vendors or share expenses with another business.

Another way, often overlooked by financial experts, to conserve cash is to add barter to your payment system. By using a reputable business-to-business (B2B) trade exchange, you can pay for company expenses in barter dollars instead of cash. For example, a restaurant needs a new sign but the sign company needs a legal contract. By using a digital barter network of round robin trading, each business gets what they need and doesn’t have any outlay of cash. The Barter Company can answer any questions you have about adding barter to your payment system.

 

For more information about managing cash flow, check out this blog post from the Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/blogs/managing-small-business-cash-flow-answers-10-commonly-asked-questions

 

 

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The Rotisserie Shop 4th of July Menu

The Rotisserie Shop 

If you haven’t tried our picnic packages yet, now’s the time!

Our Picnic Packages feed 4 people and you’ll have the choice of one meat, three 16 oz. sides, a one gallon beverage, and one dessert, starting at $35!

Items are also available a la cart. For full pricing and more information visit our website at therotisserieshop.com!

Call us for your catering needs or for reservations at (678) 540-8244

Keep in mind that we’ll be open on July 4th, until 4 o’clock, for pickups.

2615 George Busbee Pkwy
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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Tips to Help Your Small Business Stay Warm During the “Summer Slow Down”

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As most business owners come to expect, traffic tends to slow down in the Summer. The “Summer slow down” can be especially hurtful to small businesses, but don’t let this tempt you into taking the season of as well! Use this time to focus on getting your “house keeping” in order and improve on different practices to get yourself, and your business, ready for the Fall. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Give Your Website a Makeover (can be small or major)

If you don’t have an established website, now is the time to do it! Even if you do, every website needs some refreshing so take this time to make sure your online presence is where it should be and that your Google tools are working to your best advantage. Google is constantly changing how they do things so this is also a great time to read up on the latest and greatest SEO tips. Check out these basic steps to making a Google-friendly siteIf you’re a bit more savvy, try these Google secrets to improving your website. 

Update Your Social Media Profiles

Make sure your personal accounts are updated with latest skills, contacts, clients, testimonials, etc. Take some time to review and update your bio and experience areas. For your business pages, make sure you have clear call-to-action buttons so that prospective customers can connect with you.

Reach Out to Your Best Clients/Customers

Many small businesses depend on referrals and keeping in touch with longtime customers can really impact your reputation. Make a quick phone call, plan a lunch meeting or simply drop in to say hello and thank them for their business. Summer is a great time to reconnect and having a conversation might give you valuable insight on important ways to grow your business.

Learn a New Skill

If you’ve always wanted to really understand SEO, marketing automation, website coding or any other skill to help you be a better business owner, look for online or offline courses from your industry association, vendors or local adult education programs. There are also tons of free MeetUps available in all areas and they are great learning groups that typically meet during lunch time. You can even use these meetings as great networking opportunities.

Review Your Finances

Set aside some time each week to focus on the present and future of the business. Discover how you can speed up payments or cut costs. Use this time to also do some strategic planning and look towards big-picture planning for your business.

Set Aside Time For Yourself

You are probably used to working long hours and putting all of your energy into the business, but everyone needs time to rest, relax and regroup. This is a wonderful time to recharge so you can stay focused and motivated throughout the remainder of the year. Whether you take two weeks or two days, time for yourself is essential to your physical and mental health. A simple change of scenery can help your creative juices flow, too. Everyone else is on vacation, so take some time for you!

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th – Let us Help you Celebrate Dad!

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Father’s Day is just around the corner and we are here to help you make dad feel loved! Come shop our showrooms and pick up certificates in our office. Don’t forget, Father’s Day is June 19th!  Call (770) 591-4343 to purchase and to speak to a trade coordinator about more great ways to celebrate Dad.

  • Watches
  • Sunglasses
  • Golf Memberships & Passes
  • Cookie Bouquets
  • Massage Certificates
  • Segway Tour Certificates
  • Zipline Passes
  • White Water Rafting Certificates
  • Jon Paul’s Gentleman’s Spa Certificates

What can you do to make this Father’s Day special? Check out these tips from Parents.com:

1. Eliminate the pressure. What Dad wants most is to have a day free from any pressure. Even the pressure of having a “perfect day.” Dad would really appreciate no deadlines, no hassles, no chores, no having to fix anything, and no rushing about on this special day. Let him really relax so he can enjoy his second wish…

2. Spend time together. Enjoying each other’s company as a family in relative harmony seems simple. But it’s so easy to get sidetracked from your time together when you get caught up in cooking, taking a quick run to the store, or the temptation to finish up a project. Get away from the house if you must, but take this day to focus on spending time together as a family. Go for a walk, have a picnic, lie in a hammock together, share stories and dreams together. Now that’s a day Dad will really remember!

3. Make romance. Father’s Day is not just a day to celebrate Dad as provider and caregiver for the children. It’s a day to honor your partner as your lover and friend. Make him feel special by telling him how much he means to you, dressing up for him, treating him to a massage. Give him a sexy surprise in the morning or steal a few moments during the day to show him how much you love him.

4. Focus on him. Instead of planning everything out for him, give him the gift of freedom and choice. Let him make decisions about what to do and how to spend the day. If he’s a sports fan, accompany him to see a favorite team play. Is fishing his passion? Even if you’re not so keen on bait, go along with him if he wants you to. If he wants a few hours to himself, indulge him. He deserves it!

5. Bring on the praise. Fathers want to be appreciated. Tell him how much you need him. Show him how you feel by writing him a thank-you note detailing the ways he contributes to the family, how he gives moral and emotional support, what makes him a great parent and partner. If writing is not your forte, consider making a short family video for him, or making a big banner in his honor. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on extravagant gifts; your gratitude and love are the greatest gifts you can give him this Father’s Day.

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Gift Baskets For All Occasions

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Do you have a special event coming up? Maybe a graduation, birthday, or other occasion? We have beautiful gift baskets available that are sure to make you smile. They also make for great teacher appreciation and end-of-the-year thank you gifts. We now carry Bath & Body Works candles and lotions in our showrooms, too!

Come visit us Monday-Friday from 9:00-5:00 and pick out a perfect gift for your occasion. Our showrooms are located at 1275 Shiloh Road Suite 2010 in Kennesaw.

Call us for more event planning and gift ideas. Save cash. Barter is Smarter!

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Plan Your Graduation Party on Barter

Planning a party for your grad? Call us before you book anything and put more cash in your wallet. We have everything you need to make your party a fun, memorable experience! Call us for more ideas and to start planning today at (770) 591-4343.

  • balloons
  • catering
  • flowers
  • tents
  • tables & chairs
  • linens
  • jewelry
  • sunglasses
  • bounce houses
  • photo booth
  • DJs
  • videographer/photographer
  • limos and more!

… And give your grad a great gift while saving your cash! 

  • Cellairis gift cards
  • Zip lining passes
  • Whirly Ball passes
  • Mix it Up gift items
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Ways Barter Can Help You Take Care of Your Home

Taking care of your home can sometimes be a daunting task that seems to never end. One way to make it sting a little less is saving cash in the process – that’s where we come in! You can get all the home maintenance services you need on barter. Here are just a few of the services offered by our trusted clients. Call us for more information at (770) 591-4343.
  • Window Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Pressure Washing
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Duct Cleaning
  • HVAC Services
  • Plumbing
  • Pest Control
  • Mosquito Control
  • Termite Control
  • Oriental Rug Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Patio Furniture Cleaning

Call your trade coordinator today for more great ways to save cash when it comes to your home!

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Trading Tips To Make Your Cash Go Further

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Check out these simple tips on ways you can use you barter for other benefits:

  1. Pay employee bonuses with trade dollars. Many of our clients use trade dollars or prizes purchased with trade dollars to reduce payroll or flush out a bonus program.
  2. Set up sub-accounts for family, employees and vendors who don’t want to join the exchange. Paying trade to sub-accounts is as easy as writing a check. The only different is that you don’t spend any cash.
  3. Donate trade dollars to your favorite charity. Simply tell your broker who you would like to donate trade dollars to, and we’ll see that it’s done. We’ll also help the charity spend those trade dollars on the things it needs.
  1. Use the media department to convert your trade dollars into cash customers. One of the best ways to spend your trade is in advertising that can help your business grow.
  2. Give your broker referrals to those businesses that could benefit you and the exchange. The reason TBC is experiencing exponential growth is because of our client referral program. Ask your trade coordinator for details at (770) 591-4343.

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