Posts by The Barter Company

Tips for Ongoing School Success This Year

The African proverb that states “it takes village to raise a child” is especially true this year. As your children dive into the school year, you may find they (or you) need additional support. Don’t go it alone. Trying to be a math, science, or English teacher for your children can be exhausting, as can serving as tech-support for online learning. Engage a tutor or academic coach to help — perhaps an older student in your neighborhood can offer support. No matter what learning looks like this year, here are four tips to set your family up for school success.

Get organized.

Establish school day routines by developing consistent times for homework and play and enforcing reasonable bedtimes. Children like to know what is expected of them and by when. Also set up a dedicated space for online learning and/or homework. Keep school supplies close by and clear the area of distractions. The list of supplies for school may look different this year as desks, chairs, and laptops may be needed in addition to the usual paper, pencils, and folders. Check out clients at The Barter Company which offer goods and services that can help with furniture or IT needs.

Take advantage of after-school activities.

The pandemic has changed aspects of after-school activities for the time being, but many are still being offered with some modifications. For example, music teachers offer virtual lessons or focus on different aspects of musical learning such as rhythm or theory. Also, many sports leagues are operating with precautions such as masks or social distancing in place. Check out what is offered in your area and the routines put in place to help kids stay safe while getting some needed exercise and social time.

Incorporate stress-reducing activities into your routine.

A typical back to school season is stressful, and this year is even more so. Many fitness centers are offering virtual exercise and mindfulness classes, and some are working with people individually. The Barter Company has many wellness and fun exercise clients that accept barter. Find out what services they offer as a possible way to incorporate stress relieving activities into your day. If you find that you need more than regular exercise to help with stress, get counseling assistance for yourself or your children when needed. Having someone to listen and offer encouragement can make all the difference.

As you and your family returns to school, be sure to consider how barter may be useful to find what you need without spending cash. Review what The Barter Company clients offer and learn how barter works.

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Back to the Office: Businesses Use Barter to Adapt Workspaces and Operations

Most businesses are making changes to get employees back to the office and customers in the door safely during this pandemic. A business owner’s checklist for returning can feel overwhelming and expensive. Changes required may include:

  • Print and place social distancing floor stickers or other signage
  • Store existing office furniture or acquire new items to support office changes
  • Rearrange work areas to meet social distancing needs
  • Offer curbside delivery
  • Clean surfaces nearly constantly
  • Communicate safety protocols to employees and customers

Many companies are turning to barter to absorb these unanticipated – and thus unbudgeted – expenses and conserve cash. They are using barter in a variety of ways to support their back-to-the-office needs or to shift business or service operations to meet new requirements or customer needs.

To adjust workplaces to meet social distancing guidelines, companies are bartering for goods and services from printing to furniture to cleaning. For example, many clients have used barter to acquire furniture or temporary walls, design and print floor stickers or health-related signage and renovate check-in or payment areas. Others have stocked up on masks for customers or staff, gotten carpets cleaned, acquired air purifiers to meet new standards or purchased sanitizing and cleaning services – all by using barter. In addition, many restaurant owners have turned to barter to support their changing needs and service offerings. Bartering for tents, tables and chairs needed to extend outdoor dining areas or support curbside delivery has been a key area of barter activity recently.

These examples represent just some of the ways business owners are using barter to help employees and customers be as safe and comfortable as possible as they return to business. To help you prepare, consider all the goods and services offered by The Barter Company’s clients and learn how barter works.

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Barter Clients Love How Two Long-Term Trade Coordinators Help Them Succeed

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.”

These famous words spoken by celebrated American author, poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou offer important insight into how to treat others, both personally and professionally. At The Barter Company, we take pride in helping clients prosper and have the best, most beneficial experience in the barter industry. We love to hear how we are serving their needs and making them feel special as they explore and take advantage of barter options. We are especially grateful when they take the time to acknowledge how our hard-working employees helped them achieve their business goals.

 

Two of our team members, Tammy Stinnett and Paula Doricchi, have worked for a combined 38 years to serve clients and regularly get accolades and kudos. Here’s a sampling of what clients have said:

  • “I love my trade coordinator Paula. She is the best.”
  • “Tammy and Paula are amazing!”
  • “I enjoy working with Tammy Stinnett. She is very responsive and helpful. She is the #1 reason we stay involved with barter.”
  • “Your best asset is by far… Tammy!!”
  • “Paula, our agent, and the rest of the team are great!”

Ric Zampatti, owner of The Barter Company, agrees. “Paula and Tammy are rock stars! They get to know their clients’ businesses and scout trade opportunities based on their specific needs and goals. They then assist with the trades as well as promotions. They are an essential part of how we deliver on our promise to help clients succeed and have the best barter experience.”

Tammy joined The Barter Company in 1997, a year after the company was founded. Since then, she has worked in many key roles, always focused on making clients feel valued in their barter experience. Today, Tammy serves as a senior trade coordinator and travel manager, advising clients about trade opportunities and coordinating travel options. Outside of work, she enjoys working out, loves Italian food, and secretly wishes to be one of the office cats who receive attention and pampering all day.

Paula joined the company in 2005 and has served in many capacities since then. Prior to joining the company, she was a barter client for seven years which gave her first-hand knowledge of what clients need as they evaluate barter options and trades. Today, she is a senior trade coordinator who advises and assists clients with all aspects of their barter experience. When not working at The Barter Company, she relishes time with her husband, two daughters, three grandsons, and dog Lady.

Both Tammy and Paula personify the company’s goal of providing clients with an excellent trading experience that makes them feel valued and helps them reach their organization’s goals. Learn more about how Tammy, Paula, and the entire team at The Barter Company can help your company reach new customers, increase profits, and save cash.

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Local Businesses Use Barter and Barter Lines of Credit to Help Keep Doors Open and Save Cash

Many companies across a wide variety of industries are using their barter accounts and barter lines of credit to promote their businesses, secure equipment to make important operational changes, get repair work done at their facilities, and more. In fact, more than 2,000 businesses in the Southeast trade with The Barter Company to help them save cash. Learn how a car wash, a painting company, and a restaurant chain in Metro Atlanta have used barter recently to improve their operations and promote their businesses.

Jimmy Tester owns Mammoth Hand Car Wash and Detail Salon in Alpharetta, Georgia, and has used barter for the last several years to benefit his two locations. He has worked with both personal and professional service companies to repair and purchase HVAC systems, remodel his car washes, host an employee party, get electrical and plumbing work done, and service his garage doors.

During this challenging business time, Tester has used barter to continue to make key repairs and improvements to his locations. He recently used a barter line of credit to obtain an air conditioning unit that one of his detailing salons needed.

“With barter, I have been able to provide services to entice new customers who may not typically purchase a hand car wash or detailing services,” Tester said. “It also allows me to acquire items and services without spending cash.”

Tester has also previously used barter to have his house painted.

Speaking of painting houses, The Painting Company in Roswell offers residential and commercial painting services, including gutters and deck staining. The company recently used barter to purchase both radio ads and billboards to market its services and offerings.

Copeland’s New Orleans, a restaurant chain with locations in Kennesaw and Cumberland, recently used barter to get pop-up tents they needed to safely offer curbside delivery to customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ways these businesses have used barter are just a few examples of how trading via barter can help a company reach new customers, increase profits, and save cash. No matter what your business needs, consider how barter can help your company achieve its goals. Barter is Smarter!

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Working from Home? Make Time to Clear Clutter and Get Organized

Are you working from home these days? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to spring clean your home office area and your electronic files. De-cluttering your workspace, eliminating digital clutter, and setting up regular cleaning processes can help you be more in control of your work life.

 

De-Clutter Desks and Workspaces

Workspaces can quickly become scenes of “organized chaos” with papers, files, and other materials spread randomly or stacked in piles. Research has shown that cluttered spaces can negatively impact an individual’s mental health by causing increased stress and anxiety and hurt long-term productivity.

 

Eliminate Digital Clutter

Digital disorganization presents the same frustration and lost productivity as physical clutter. Studies have routinely shown that employees can lose up to two hours per week searching for digital documents if their files are not organized well. Clean out your inbox, purge unnecessary electronic files, organize digital folders, and back-up files regularly, not just in the spring.

 

Assign a Space for Everything

Assign places for everything in your office. Use drawers to group like things together, such as envelopes with stamps and return address labels, paper clips with staples and other fasteners, and pens with pads of paper. This simple organization step can dramatically reduce the time you spend looking for things you need.

 

Set Time to Clean Your Office or Home

Set time on your calendar to clean regularly. According to the 2020 National Cleaning Survey, not having enough time is one of the top reasons that adults will not do spring cleaning. Taking the step to put time for cleaning on your calendar helps make this necessary chore a commitment and keeps you accountable for getting it done.

 

Explore How Barter Can Help

Consider the variety of cleaning services and products fellow barter companies provide, including carpet cleaning, building maintenance, commercial cleaning, office supplies, storage spaces, home and building repairs, and computer services. Once this quarantine ends, use barter to have a caterer provide food or provide other types of incentives such as gift cards and tickets to sporting events or other entertainment to help spur employees on as they clean their workspaces. Check out the possibilities barter offers here.

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Why use cash to pay your bills? Use barter instead!

Imagine running your business and paying bills with trade instead of cash. Many businesses in your area are doing just that, including Sentinel Exteriors.
“I’m constantly looking for ways to connect with other business owners and find like-minded people to do business with,” explained Sentinel Exteriors Owner Preston Carter. “By joining The Barter Company’s trade network, I now have access to other highly regarded business people and can barter our services with them. We trade for advertising, employee rewards, and customer incentives. We also fill gaps in our schedule with new customers. The Barter Company makes life a lot easier for us!”
Sentinel Exteriors is a roofer you can trust. Their team is dedicated to making sure you have the roof you need without any high-pressure sales pitches. Roofs from Sen-tinel Exteriors will help protect your home for decades to come.
The Barter Company has established itself as the leading force in the barter industry throughout the Southeast. They provide businesses with an alternative currency network by using barter dollars instead of cash to handle transactions.
Are you ready to see how barter can work for your company? Contact The Barter Company today. Visit www.thebartercompany.com or call 770-591-4343.

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We paid the invoice with a haircut. That’s how barter works.

Imagine running your business and paying bills with trade instead of cash. Many businesses right here in Atlanta are doing just that, including Challise & Company hair-skin-body.

 

“We have been working with The Barter Company for about 13 years and they have really helped us grow our business,” said Carrie Cox, Vice President of the salon and spa and Senior Master Cosmetologist. Challise & Company is a full-service Aveda salon and spa located in Marietta that offers everything from hair care to nails, skin and body care, and sercvice_cutpermanent makeup.

“Through barter, we’ve been able to do more with the salon and spa than we thought possible like travel to more hair shows, advertise, provide vendor gifts, and have great IT support. We’ve also had fun! Our employee holiday party spoiled the entire staff of 18 with limo ser-vice and a great celebration! That helps boost morale and promotes teamwork and most importantly, it helps us say thank you.”
“We’ve also used barter as part of our community work to provide food and prizes to our local schools and teachers to use in their classrooms. It’s a great way to give back to the community without using cash. We couldn’t do all the things we do without barter.”
The Barter Company has established itself as the leading force in the barter industry throughout the Southeast. They provide businesses with an alternative currency network by using barter dollars instead of cash to handle transactions.

 

 

 

Are you ready to see how barter can work for your company? Contact The Barter Company today. Visit thebartercompany.com or call 770-591-4343

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Keeping Employees Healthy Helps Keep Businesses Healthy

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The New Year is almost upon us with new resolutions for a better 2017. For many, that means a resolution to be healthier and business owners are smart to help their employees with this goal. Studies have shown that healthy employees are, in general, happier and more productive at work (Source: Business News Daily 2013).

 

In the past, providing such benefits has become nearly impossible for small to mid-sized business owners. Now, there is a solution. The Barter Company is offering a new product to its clients called BarterCo Health. The BarterCo Health card is purchased by business owners using barter dollars instead of cash. The card can then be offered to the company’s employees as a health benefit.

 

From allergy testing to yoga, The Barter Company’s BarterCo Health program offers a wide variety of health care options for business owners to offer their employees. Healthier employees mean a healthier business with fewer sick days and increased productivity as well as increased retention among employees. For more information on how this program can benefit you or your business, click here.

 

Here are some other tips for a healthier company in 2017:

 

  • Stock the breakroom with health snack alternatives and water. Healthy snacks not only help with weight control but they can increase an employees’ intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

 

  • Encourage your sedentary employees to take stretch and walk breaks. A good stretch, breath of fresh air, and a walk around the block can do wonders for energy and productivity.

 

  • Offer incentives to those employees who want to lose weight, including health club memberships or a financial reward to those who meet their weight-loss goals.

 

Most of all, be supportive of employees who want to get or stay healthy. In the long run, it benefits your business as well as the individual.

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Ways to Give Thanks for a Good Year

Ways to Give Thanks for a Good Year

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As we start wrapping up the year, November is a good time to take stock and give thanks. At The Barter Company, we have a lot to be thankful for in 2016. We marked our 20th year in business which we couldn’t have accomplished without the wonderful clients we have. We also received recognition from the Cobb Chamber of Commerce as one of their Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. An award for which we are very grateful.

 

Especially this year, The Barter Company is also thankful for our staff, vendors, family and friends. Having a strong network of people helps every business succeed. We count on our staff to work hard each day assisting our barter clients. They always take on new challenges and help clients find what they need on barter – no matter how tall the order!

 

Take the time this holiday season to thank your network for their support this year. No business can do it alone without lots of commitment from others. Most importantly, make sure your clients feel appreciated. Studies show that a thoughtful gift along with a hand-written note is one of the best ways to show a client you care. If you have too many customers to do this, make sure you at least send a thank you message either in an email, newsletter or card.

 

Here are a few other ways for business owners to show some “love” to their customers:

  • Feature a customer of the day on your social media. You’re thanking them and they will likely share the experience with their friends and family. This will also help you get the word out about your business.
  • Start a loyalty program for your extra special customers. Make it easy for them to earn offers and free products from your company.
  • Donate to a charity on behalf of your customers. Tie it to what they buy and donate a portion of the proceeds. This can help your business with sales as well as benefitting the charity.

 

If you’re looking to send a special gift this holiday season, The Barter Company has all kinds of gifts available for your clients and staff – even your family and friends. Our Holiday Showroom opens 10 am and will stay open until 3 pm on December 3,10, and 17. For business owners, you can even give a barter gift card to your employees to shop for themselves and families at the Holiday Showroom. It’s a great way to say thank you.

 

The Barter Company is extremely grateful to everyone who helped us have an outstanding 2016. We can’t wait to see what the New Year holds for our company, our clients, staff, family, and friends.

 

Thank you!

 

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2016 Holiday Barter Show Recap

TBC’s 2016 Holiday Barter Show was held on Saturday, November 5th at The Metropolitan Club.
It was our first time holding the event at The Metropolitan Club, but the venue proved to be a huge success!
Thank you to all our vendors and clients and those who attended!

Our Showroom will be open Saturday December 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 10am – 2pm for your shopping pleasure.

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  See you in 2017!

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