Get Your New Look With Alibi Salon By Using Barter

alibiPart of running a successful business is having a look that not only fits the type of industry you’re in, but also your personality.  Men and women have had much success in using the salon, which is this week’s featured IMS member: Alibi Salon.

Alibi Salon is a full-service salon located in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis at 401 N 3rd St. in Suite 100.  The owner of Alibi Salon, Jude Cady, got her love of the style industry as being a regular fixture at her father’s barbershop in Fridley, MN.  Jude has taken her talent all over the world to different styling events, and considering her beginning; it’s no surprise that her daughter joined the family business as well.  In fact, Jude’s daughter is in Chicago at the moment learning about a new technique for creating an updo by sewing the hair.  This technique is more comfortable than traditional updos and can be taken out with the snip of one thread.  Other services Alibi Salon offers are:

  • Haircuts
  • Colors
  • Deep conditioning
  • Makeup
  • Waxing
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Check out a full list of their service menu here!

Alibi is also so much more than a salon.  When working with brides on their day, they shut down the salon while her and her wedding party is there to ensure their day feels as special as it should.  Alibi also gives back to the community by visiting Sojourner, a women’s shelter, once per month.  During their visits, Alibi helps residents regain their confidence by offering hair and nail services to the women and children staying at the shelter.  Along with philanthropy, Alibi works to support local artists by allowing a featured artist to use Alibi walls as a gallery for their walls.

When Jude went to tackle the dream of starting her own salon, she did it mostly on barter.  She did the build-out of her salon by bartering directly with various contractors, and laborers.  So, when I presented the IMS Barter exchange to Jude, she fully understood how barter could be an important part of any business owner’s toolbox.  Now that Alibi Salon is part of the IMS Barter exchange, Jude is excited to use it to continue to build Alibi’s clientele.

Are you interested in using barter dollars to have Alibi Salon create your perfect look?  Join the IMS Barter exchange by contacting me, David Carroll the Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, and start growing your bottom line by 5-10%!  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn so you can receive my blog updates, where I feature a new barter member each week!

Using Barter To Beef Up Your Marketing

liz allen photographyPhotographs are an important part of any business, however it can be difficult to find a talented photographer who will showcase your business how you see it.  Liz Allen with Liz Allen Photography has been a marketing lifesaver for many businesses in the Minneapolis metro area.  As one of our newest IMS members, I’m excited to showcase Liz and her business this week.

Liz focuses her photography business on headshots for businesses, seniors, family photos, and business photos to be used in marketing materials.  A photo session with Liz isn’t your typical session.  Conversation flows and you immediately feel comfortable, which shines through to your pictures.  Liz is excited and passionate about her work, not afraid to put the extra effort in to get a great shot, and very open to her client’s ideas.  Clients constantly tell Liz that they never like pictures of themselves, and time after time Liz proves them wrong.  In fact, clients love their photos so much they have a hard time choosing just one photo!

When I met Liz, she was unfamiliar to the concept of a barter exchange, like many of my clients initially are. When you do work within the barter exchange, you earn barter dollars.  Those dollars can then be spent with any of the many other businesses and services within the IMS Barter exchange.  Once I explained the concept to Liz, she jumped at the chance.  Since many of her photo shoots are with businesses, she can allow them to pay using barter dollars.  However, Liz doesn’t necessarily have to spend her barter dollars with that business.  In fact, Liz is banking up her barter dollars as she plans to use the exchange as much as possible to assist in building her and her family a home they will be absolutely enamored with.

Are you a business with outdated photos?  Perhaps your photos don’t adequately showcase you as the experienced professional that you are.  Help Liz realize her goal of building a house on barter!  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866.  I’d love to connect you with our other IMS Barter members so you can start increasing your bottom line by 5-10%.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I showcase a different barter member every week!

How Your Healthcare Costs Can Be Covered By Barter

skyline chiropracticWhen I talk to people about barter and they ask me what kinds of things they can use barter dollars for, I feel confident in saying that they can use IMS dollars for virtually anything; even healthcare.  Chiropractic care is a necessary component to optimal health whether you’re a laborer or you sit at a desk for your job.  In this blog, read about our newest IMS member, Karlynn L. Benson, D.C.

Karlynn began her career as a professional dancer and dance teacher in New York and Las Vegas after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  After receiving an injury, which resulted in necessary chiropractic care, Karlynn found a new calling in life and earned her D.C. from Northwestern College of chiropractic in 1992.  Taking a well-rounded approach in over all health, Karlynn focuses her practice on women’s health issues, pregnancy, and children.  In 2006, she was recognized and awarded as being one of the best chiropractors in the Guide To America’s Top Chiropractors.

Karlynn runs her practice out of Skyline Chiropractic in Burnsville, MN.  As a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1992, Karlynn has been using barter in her business for the past 20 years.  Although familiar with barter, IMS is the first barter network she has been a part of.  She loves the concept of having a large inventory of businesses to choose from, now, in which she can put her barter dollars to good use.  Karlynn also looks forward to IMS helping her find patients to add to her practice.  In fact, within the first couple of days of joining the barter group, she received a new client via IMS!

Are you a business owner interested in the idea of using barter as a tool in your business toolkit?  By joining the IMS barter exchange you open yourself up to being able to use chiropractic services, along with many other services, on trade as well as gaining new clients for your business.  To learn more about how you can grow your bottom line by 5-10%, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I share barter success stories and feature new IMS members each week!

How Barter Helps You Be More Effective In Your Business

wissh graphicsGraphics are a necessary part of every business, but not every business owner possesses the artistic talent and know-how necessary to make good logos, banners, and other business publications.  For this service, many small business owners turn to Curt Wussow, owner of WISSH Graphics.  This week’s blog features Curt’s business and the importance of making brilliantly planned and beautifully designed graphics a part of your business model.

Curt founded WISSH Graphics in 1997 after the design company he was a senior manager of closed.  His concern for the closing company’s orphaned clients is what made him pick up the phone and offer help by continuing to provide the services they needed.  An entrepreneur and WISSH Graphics were born!

WISSH Graphics offers businesses a multitude of design services:

  • Trifold brochures
  • Logos
  • Business stationary
  • Posters
  • Banners
  • Magazine ads
  • Product catalogs
  • Website design

Curt excels at what he does with his ability to take complex information and put it into an easy-to-understand graphic.  Do you need a logo or other graphic designed for your new business?  Learn more by visiting or calling Curt directly at 612-760-2087 for a free consultation.

Curt joined IMS Barter because he loves using his talent to help other businesses grow.  When he earns barter dollars, Curt uses those dollars for things to help him do his job more effectively.  For instance, he has hired an electrician several times using barter to make his office more comfortable with a fan and new lighting.  With a spruced up work space, he can turn around and better help his clients.  In other words, he uses barter to help his business so he can help other businesses.

Are you a new business that needs graphic design work?  In the beginning, many new businesses go through a transition period of limited cash flow.  By joining IMS Barter, you’ll be able to use barter dollars for things that are necessary for your business, such as graphic design services from Curt Wussow.  To join the barter network today, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866 and keep more of your cash in your pocket!  Are you interested in learning about how many other businesses have increased their bottom line by 5-10%?  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I post my weekly blogs showcasing a different barter member every week!

How Barter Can Connect You With Your Next Big Client

deephaven lifeWhen you’re in the business of connecting business owners with their clients, nobody does that better than The Barter Guy and this week’s featured member, Brad Hagfors with N2 Publishing.  In this blog, I’m going to talk about how we work hard using the power of advertising and barter to connect consumers with service providers and business owners to their next big client.

Brad started his publication through N2 publishing, more commonly known as Deephaven Life, in 2007.  Deephaven Life is a magazine for the community and by the community.  The residents are often the ones writing the articles in the publication and local businesses are regularly featured.  This is the only magazine out there that purposefully connects business owners to the residents they are marketing to.  Through Deephaven Life, numerous events are created throughout the community.  Both residents and business owners attend these events so both parties have an opportunity to do business with people they know, like, and trust.  Being extremely selective about whom he allows to advertise in his magazine, Brad is confident in referring Deephaven residents to any of the businesses in the magazine.

Brad uses barter in his business on a very consistent basis and as much as he can.  He joined IMS because of the potential to meet different business owners that he wouldn’t have met otherwise.  With The Barter Guy as his barter broker, David Carroll puts Brad in contact with business owners that he is looking for, who in turn end up advertising in Deephaven Life using barter dollars.  As a result, Brad was able to take his family on a vacation to Mexico using barter!

The Barter Guy is also in the business of connecting business owners.  If you join IMS Barter with a specific need you’d rather use barter dollars for, I can easily connect you with that person you’re looking for.  If you join IMS because you’re looking for more business, I’ll send people your way that are looking for a service you provide.  By using barter for things you would normally pay cash for, and using IMS to get your business more exposure, you stand to increase your bottom line by 5-10% at the end of the year, while keeping your cash in your pocket!

Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, today to begin implementing this important tool into your business.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to see how I’m regularly connecting business owners to their clients!

How To Use Barter To Market Your Business

connie kroskinWhen small business owners think about marketing their business, there are two road blocks that stop them before they even get started:  confusion, and results.  Tackling a project as big as marketing leads to confusion with many small business owners, unless they’re in the business of marketing!  Those business owners who take their marketing seriously have found a solution in hiring an independent marketing strategy consultant like one of our newest IMS members, Connie Kroskin.  In this blog, I’m going to talk about how Connie can help you strategically grow your business to the next level.

As a marketing strategy consultant, Connie helps small businesses using a three-pronged approach:

Align – think about your A-list clients.  These are the people you want to do business with, therefore are your target market.  When you become aligned with your target market, you show up on their radar. This is typically accomplished with branding strategies that you get on their radar.

Attract – as your consultant, Connie helps you attract more A-list clients by using proven marketing tactics.  Communications they respond to are developed. Hit a bull’s-eye every time and never use the shotgun approach again!

Prosper – watch your client base grow by nurturing the relationships of the contacts you’ve worked so hard to make.  Strong relationships with your clients will keep them coming back for more!

As an expert marketer, Connie saw joining the IMS Barter exchange as a smart business move.  Not only does she see the potential to grow her own business, but joining the IMS Barter exchange also opens up a new avenue, which enables her to help even more people grow their businesses.  Connie truly is concerned with helping her fellow small business owner.  She has tried bartering outside of an exchange in the past, but was disappointed when even exchanges were difficult to find.  Joining a barter network makes sense because now it’s up to her when and where she utilizes her barter dollars without worrying about whether or not the other party needs her services.  Contact Connie to learn about how she can make sure your marketing efforts get results!

Are you interested in taking advantage of Connie’s marketing expertise via barter?  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866 today to learn how barter can help you increase your bottom line.  Grow your business by 5-10% by using barter to purchase things you would normally pay cash for!  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn about how other IMS members are using barter to get more business!

How The Barter Guy Can Help You Start Your Own Business

small_61056391-150x150Are your dreams of starting your own business halted by a cash flow problem?  Many people have found a solution by bartering their services to get what they need to start their own business.  That’s what Daleena Lindquist did when she decided to start her own cleaning business, Perfectly Picky Cleaning.  In this blog, I’m going to talk about how I’m helping Daleena use IMS Barter to get her new business up and running.

Daleena Lindquist started her cleaning business, Perfectly Picky Cleaning, after gaining several years of experience with a cleaning company.  Her first job, before she officially opened her doors, was for her chiropractor many years ago and she’s still cleaning for him today!  As an extremely driven and detailed young professional, Daleena has never had an unsatisfied customer.

When Daleena met me, The Barter Guy, she had been bartering directly with other companies for years.  However, joining our IMS exchange network full of other business professionals made perfect sense for her and her business!

“Bartering is such a common sense approach to doing business.  I love bartering with other business owners when I need something from them.  It’s much better than just exchanging the same amount of cash.  The reason I love the IMS network is because, now I can do work for anyone and use my barter dollars anywhere!”  – Daleena Lindquist

A large part of what I do is finding business for other IMS members by making connections.  When Daleena approached me, she inquired about office space she might be able to rent in exchange for cleaning services.  She was looking to barter for office rent anyway, but quickly found that she didn’t have the time to do the necessary legwork.  That’s where I come in.  I found her an office space within a week and now Daleena has a central location in which to run her cleaning business from.  Perfectly Picky Cleaning is located in Rockford, MN, which gives her easy access to the western Minneapolis suburbs, the area Daleena cleans in.

Has reading this blog made your dreams of starting your business come alive?  By joining the IMS Barter exchange, not only will you save your cash on start-up costs, you’ll also get something even the most established companies need:  more business!  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, to learn more about how you can increase your bottom line by 5-10% at the end of the year.  Get connected with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I share my barter success stories and blog about members who are doing business with barter!

How Barter Can Help Relieve The Stress Of Moving

Mark Skipper

Mark Skipper, MAS Office Cleaners

Barter can help to relieve stress in many ways.  Did you know that it could also help to relieve the stress of moving?  In this blog I’m going to talk about how you can use barter to make the transition out of your home you’ve sold a little more smooth and a little less time consuming.

One of our newer IMS Barter members, Mark Skipper of MAS Office Cleaners, has created a new service within his cleaning company that is perfect for home sellers and Realtors.  When a homeowner embarks on the journey of selling a home, there is usually more work to be done than expected and it’s usually more expensive than expected.  You’ve had an inspection, you’ve made repairs, you’ve gotten the house ready for showings and open houses, and you’ve somehow managed to fit in finding your new house.  At this point, homeowners are not only pressed for time in moving to their new home, but they’re probably also sick and tired of cleaning the same house over and over again!  This is why Mark Skipper created The Move-out Stress Relief package.  MAS Office Cleaners will come into your home, after you’ve moved out, and clean each room top to bottom.  Your home will look fresh and sparkling brand-new for the new owners.

Selling a home and moving can also cost you more money than expected.  Don’t let moving bust your budget.  Use IMS Barter to help you keep some of your cash in your pocket. Barter can easily be used to pay for a mover, something you would normally pay cash for.  This is just one of the many ways barter can be used in your daily, personal life.  Either way, it all affects your bottom line.

Do you want to learn more about how you can increase your bottom line by 5% – 10% at the end of the year?  Cash is king, so contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866 to find out how you can use barter to keep your cash in your pocket.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I share updates on IMS Barter members and barter success stories!

How To Use Barter To Advertise To Other Businesses

Ink SIG LogoJoining the IMS Barter network is a great way to get exposure to thousands of other businesses you wouldn’t have met otherwise.  That’s the opportunity that Mel Masters of InkSIG saw when he was approached about joining the IMS Barter exchange.  If you’re a business that doesn’t have a highly visible store front, but your ideal client is other businesses, IMS Barter is an ideal place for you to advertise your business.  Read about how Mel plans to use barter as an important tool for his business.

InkSIG is a Minneapolis based textile printing company.  What does that mean?  It means that InkSIG can print high quality, multi-color images on just about any textile.  If your logo has specific colors, ensure brand continuity across your newsletter, website, Facebook page, printed materials, and uniforms by tasking InkSIG with your project.  By using an ink jet printer, InkSIG has the ability to use over 16,000 colors on your project.  From logos to photographs, InkSIG can do it all.

When approached about using barter as a tool in his business, Mel saw this as a golden opportunity for his business.  Their warehouse is located in Minneapolis, however there isn’t any obvious storefront or signage to promote their business to other local businesses.  Since their ideal customer is a business owner with large-scale textile printing needs, Mel has been looking for a way to expose InkSIG to other businesses.  By joining IMS Barter, Mel is now a part of a network of thousands of businesses that are going to need his services.  When Mel fills otherwise empty time with barter orders, Mel is showing what InkSIG can do for his customers’ businesses, thus resulting in future cash business from the referrals of those barter customers.

Are you a business owner looking for more exposure to other businesses?  By joining IMS Barter, you not only earn a spot in our network directory that other businesses regularly search, but you stand to increase your bottom line by $5,000 – $10,000 at the end of the year by using barter dollars for things you would normally pay cash for.  It’s like getting paid to advertise your business!  If you’re interested in learning more about barter, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, so you can start increasing your bottom line today.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I regularly share information about new IMS Barter members and share their success stories!

How To Use Barter To Sell Your Home

small__4880167882With the recent recovery of the real estate market, you may be considering listing your home for sale.  However, you know to most effectively market and ultimately sell your home, you’re going to have to spend some money.  Since you know you’re going to have to spend money to make money, you may be wondering how you can use barter to sell your home.  In this blog I’m going to explain how barter can help you sell your home for top dollar.

Dawn Ohnstad, a new IMS Barter member, jumped at the chance to use barter in her business.  Dawn is a real estate agent and home stager.  She sets herself apart by offering sellers expert home staging advice to help them sell their homes quickly and for more money.  However, Dawn’s staging services work a little different than what you might expect.  Since most home owners who are listing their house for sale haven’t yet moved out of their home, she stages houses utilizing the furniture and décor that is already in the home.  If you list with Dawn, her advice comes as a part of the package and sellers who aren’t listed with her pay an hourly rate.  Both situations are designed to minimize the cost to you by avoiding the rental of staging furniture.  By de-cluttering and rearranging existing furniture and artwork, Dawn can tap into the psychology of what makes a buyer jump at the chance to buy your property and pay more for it.

Dawn is a creative business owner and loved the idea of using barter in her business.  By joining IMS barter, Dawn has exposed her business to many more business owners she wouldn’t have met otherwise.  By filling some of her time with barter business, she can show IMS members the power of working with her as a home stager.  Those IMS members will be sharing their testimonials for Dawn’s services with their friends and family members, thus bringing her more cash business for her staging business as well as the potential for new real estate listings.

By using barter as a tool in your business, you stand to increase your bottom line by $5,000 – $10,000 at the end of the year by spending barter dollars on things you would normally pay cash for.  If you want to learn more about barter and how you can use it to bring in more business, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866.  Follow me on Facebook and LinkedIn to read about more barter success stories and how you can use it in your business!