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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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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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Why use cash to buy things? Use barter instead!

Imagine paying for things with trade instead of cash. Many people and businesses in your area are doing just that, including The Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery Center in north Atlanta.

“One morning, I saw the daily news from The Barter Company and decided it was time for me to get Lasik surgery,” said Office Manager Yolanda Ducksworth. “The whole process was very easy. I called our Trade Coordinator to get started. Soon after that, I researched the eye doctor options they offered, looked at reviews, and set up a consultation with Atlanta Vision Institute.” A mere two weeks later, she had a successful, bartered surgery.

Ducksworth praised how effortless it was to arrange the trade. The Trade Coordinator at The Barter Company worked directly with the doctor she selected. “Having the surgery and using The Barter Company was the best decision I ever made!”

The Barter Company has established itself as the leading force in the barter industry throughout the Southeast. They’ve created an alternative currency network by us-ing barter dollars instead of cash to handle transactions.

Are you ready to see how barter can work for you? Contact The Barter Company today.

Visit www.thebartercompany.com or call 770-591-4343.

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

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, November 27, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and people around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

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:

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

 

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4 tips to getting your kids back on a regular sleep schedule

With school about to start, one of the challenges parents face is getting the kids back on a regular sleeping schedule.

Dr. Carol Ash, director of sleep medicine at Meridian Health told The Today Show’s Willie Geist and Al Roker that it’s very important to get the kids back on track as classes start because a lack of sleep will cause problems with academic performance.

“Kids are more sensitive to sleep loss,” Ash said. “They have different physiology.”

Adults may ask what’s the big deal; why not just put them to bed earlier? Dr. Ash says it’s harder for kids to actually go to bed earlier because they have a slower response to normal sleep cues.

Kids actually need more sleep than adults, so it is recommended that they get anywhere from 9-to-10 hours of sleep per night, as compared to between 7-and-8 hours for adults, Dr. Ash said.

To help kids get back into a normal sleeping routine, Dr. Ash offered these tips:

  • Adjust bedtime by 15 minutes per night – This will gradually get them closer to their ideal sleep schedule. Make it a family effort.
  • Enforce an electronics curfew – It takes children an hour to wind down for sleep, but most now have smartphones and other gadgets that allow them to text or play games late at night. Try to have them unplug at least an hour before going to bed.
  • Apply the 4-7-8 breathing technique – This helps the body relax. Tell your child to breathe in for a count of four, then hold to a count of seven, and release to a count of eight. Repeat four times before going to bed (and do the same in the morning).
  • Add fun to bedtime – Read a book and create an environment that kids want to go to at night. Fun touches can include hand-painted light bulbs or glow-in-the-dark paint, which can be used to write secret messages your children will see when the lights go out.

(See original post from 11Alive here.)

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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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How to Offer Health Benefits to Employees Without Spending Cash

Many business owners are finding themselves unable to continue to offer health benefits to employees. Some may even be looking to stipend employees versus offer a company-wide plan. Well, here at TBC we have the perfect answer for business owners who want to offer these benefits to their valued employees, but want to save cash in the meantime – BARTER! Through their barter accounts, our clients offer “subaccounts” to employees so they have access to neccessary health services while still being provided the privacy of their own account. We have many clients  in the healthcare industry that barter their services so that everyone wins. And we are growing everyday!

Here are some of the types of medical we offer:

– Dental/orthodontics

– Oral Surgery

– Optical

– General medicine

– Women’s health

– Holistic practice

– Chiropractic

– Mental health

– Fitness and nutritional programs

– Internal medicine

– Allergy testing

– Hypnotherapy, Reike, Massage therapy

For more information on how you and your employees can get access to wonderful healthcare providers, click here. You will be so glad you did!

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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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