Refer a Business Receive a Gift

Do you know a business that has been impacted by COVID-19 and needs more customers? We’d like to help them by connecting them to the largest independent barter network in North America – but we need your help! We are looking to help 25 businesses in the Twin Cities find new customers with our dedicated broker. As a bonus, we will be giving them $100 of barter credit to help them pay for marketing needs, rent or other business expenses and as a referral bonus we’ll give YOU a $100 barter credit too!

Here is how it works: You refer a business you know that is looking for new customers (restaurants, print shop, jewelry stores, etc) along with the owner’s information and once that business owner joins the IMS Network, both you and the business owner get a $100 credit to the IMS Marketplace – fill out this form to enter:

The credit is valid to use for anything on the IMS Marketplace including jewelry, restaurant gift cards, wine and much more! We are capping things at 25 businesses – first come first serve – no-repeat businesses will be accepted.

Top 10 Reasons to Use a Barter Service for Your Business

top-10-listMaybe you’re not quite sure what barter can do for you and business, or you’re already a member and haven’t been utilizing it as much as you could. Either way, here’s a reminder of how much I, and IMS Barter can help you.

  1. The bottom line. One of the most important aspects of using IMS Barter is the exposure you get to prospects that may never have found you otherwise. And once they’ve tried your product or service, you can continue to build the relationship and possibly upsell them into other products and services.
  2. It’s easy. It can be tough to find and arrange your own barter exchanges. Do you have time to seek them out? How do you know they’ll be interested in a barter exchange? How can you be sure the exchange is equitable and they’ll fulfill their end of the deal? You can trust the IMS Barter system, where those issues simply don’t exist. I’ve also personally met with all of the members in the Minneapolis area, and have your best interests at heart.
  3. Freedom of choice. Use your barter dollars where you want to, you don’t have to do an even exchange with someone. Use yours on another business, use them in the IMS marketplace, or save them up for travel. Your choice.
  4. Save cash. Use your barter dollars instead!
  5. Use your free time to do barter work and build up your barter dollars.
  6. Personal use. There are many restaurants, spas, and home and personal needs providers in the network. Go get that massage you know you need.
  7. Business use. Need a CPA? Business coach? IT help? Don’t we all? They’re all here. Save your cash and get the quality services you need to grow and support your business.
  8. Personal attention. As your Barter Guy, I’m here to make your life easier. Is there a business you’d like to barter with that you’re not seeing in the network? Just let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Need help negotiating an exchange? I’d love to help with that too.
  9. National network. We’re big in other parts of the country too, and growing more every day. Check us out in Denver, Chicago, New York, and many other great cities.
  10. Sell excess inventory. The IMS Barter Marketplace is a great place to move excess inventory because it has national exposure

BONUS REASON: When you join IMS Barter with me, I’ll feature your business in one of my blog articles and in my social media. Have you recently joined and are ready to be highlighted? We probably already reached out to you, but contact me and we’ll get the ball rolling.

Now that you can see how much IMS Barter exchange can help your business, you may be thinking about the possibilities of what it can do for you.  Are you ready to let barter help your business?  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, to find out how you can join the IMS Barter network.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about barter and how IMS members are making it work for them!

Focus on Your Health & Wellness

As we say goodbye to summer and head into fall, it’s a good idea to spend some time focusing on our health and wellness. From chiropractic to health consultants to massages, we’ve got plenty of health and wellness companies you can use your barter dollars with. Here’s a list:

Audiology –

  • Chears Audiology – We offer the very best selection in hearing aids available in the market today. Do you have trouble hearing in noisy restaurants or in large meetings? We have the solution for you. Come in for a complimentary hearing test and trial.



  • Dr. Howard Fidler  – Negative Ion Performance Bands! Increase your energy, flexibility, strength and endurance by wearing these bracelets. Contact Jodi to purchase yours today!
  • Skyline Chiropractic – Located in the heart of Burnsville, the leading health professionals at Skyline Chiropractic are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives – combining skill and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum.

Dentistry –

  • Smile Design Dentistry – At Smile Design Dentistry in Plymouth, we provide comprehensive dentistry to every member of the family. Our team of dental professionals offer a wide range of services in many areas of dentistry and work as a team to provide you with affordable, high-quality and advanced dental care.


  • Discover Strength – Strength Training is a foundational component of a comprehensive distance running training program. The inclusion of a properly designed strength training program is important the benefits of strength training are not achieved through running.


  • Snap Fitness Brooklyn Park / Osseo  – Offering 3 month, 6 month and yearly packages. With 24/7 access you can go on your schedule. Unlimited tanning at Brooklyn Park location ONLY. Train with friends with our interactive group fitness center. Call today to join!

Mary Kay –

  • Julie Crouse – As a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, I sell Mary Kay skin care, body care, fragrances and color cosmetics as well as amazing Gift Baskets for you and for your employees. View only on website, contact to order.
  • Renee Quinn – LOVE YOUR SKIN FOR LIFE!! Easy expert skin care no matter your age or skin type with Mary Kay.
  • Patricia Trumbull – We offer cosmetics for your eyes, lips, cheeks and more. Foundations, concealers and many other products to help you look your best. We carry fragrances for men and women ranging from romantic florals to energetic fruits to woodsy musks.
Massage –

  • Caring Hands Massage & Spa – Swedish Message Swedish mainly relaxes the muscles and eases aches and pains. Sports Massage For the athlete, sports massage techniques are utilized at all stages: pre-event, post-event, while training, and to expedite rehabilitation if injured.
  • Elements Massage  The Elements massage therapists in Edina, MN listen to your needs and employ the proper techniques to deliver a truly therapeutic experience. We invite you to experience the rejuvenating benefits of massage therapy today. We have a new location opening up in Eden Prairie!
  • Elite Aesthetics Medspa – Swedish Message Swedish mainly relaxes the muscles and eases aches and pains. Sports Massage For the athlete, sports massage techniques are utilized at all stages: pre-event, post-event, while training, and to expedite rehabilitation if injured.
  • Integrative Bodyworks LLC  Heather Schuneman is the Owner/Certified Massage Therapist of Integrative Bodyworks located within Evolution Wellness. If you want an absolutely fabulous massage this is the place to come. Call for an appointment today or just go online and sign up.

Skincare –

  • Nerium Age Defying Night Cream — Exceptional skincare product that works wonders for fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture, enlarged pores and aging or sun-damaged skin. Contact Terri Rea at 612.382.8148.
  • Rodan+Fields Consultant – From the creators of Proactiv® Solution, Rodan & Fields has extended their line of products to bring their vision of dermatology based skincare solutions to everyone. What they did for acne, they are now doing for aging skin. Contact Jodi to start!
  • Renewal Laser Clinic – Tattoo Removal RLC is equipped with state of the art lasers designed for efficient full color spectrum tattoo removal. Our procedure and recovery rooms are beautiful, relaxing and private. Under the guidance of Medical Director Dr. Aaron McCabe.
  • Rejuvenate Skin & Laser Clinic – If you desire to slow the appearance of aging and restore a feeling of youthful vitality, Rejuvenate Skin & Laser Clinic offers treatments and skin-care regimens that are individually designed and tailored to the particular needs of each client. 

If you’d like more information on any of these products, please contact David (612.802.8487) or Brad (612.801.8815).

– Until next time, David & Brad

It’s Summertime — Let’s Party!

As many of you know, there are more than 16,000 members within the IMS network. With so many options to choose from, we thought it would be nice to send out monthly newsletters featuring products and services. This will not only introduce you to barter options you may not have thought of before, but one day we might feature your business! This month we are focusing on summer parties.

Summer is the greatest time to throw an outdoor party! With all the options you’ve got at your fingertips, don’t forget to look at IMS for products or services you could barter for. From DJs to photographers to tents, we’ve got everything you need to throw the perfect outdoor party.

To get you started, consider the following:

Dj Service –

  • Adagio Djay Entertainment – We are known for our award-winning disc jockey services. While staying true to our roots, over the years we have expanded to offer some other services to better serve our clients.

Photography –

  • Liz Allen Photography – We specialize in business photography and corporate events photo shoots. We also provide head shots of employees for business cards or company yearbooks.
  • James Ramsay Photography – James has been a professional photographer since he was 19 and has been recognized by the Associated Press, MSNBC, CPOY, and the National Press Photographers’ Association among others. The best way to learn more is to call now to schedule a visit.
  • The Imagery – Rod was awarded Master Photographer Twin Cities a very prestigious award!!
  • Eye Love Photo – Do you have business products that need to have that special touch to best shown in the best possible light. Eye Love photo is the place for you.
  • Photo Booth Creations – Our photo booths feature the highest quality digital cameras and printers on the market today. With our instant printing, you will see your pictures within seconds of them being taken. Call Matt today to reserve your booth today!

Tents & Furniture –

  • USA Inflatables – We offer a various tent and table sizes. Rain or shine USA Inflatables has you covered with a place to sit! View website for available sizes and prices. Call Kurt to reserve today!

Catering –

  • Kabomolette – Let Kabomolette be the center of your next event. They bring the truck right to your place. Great food selection and it’s fun and fast and the food is great. Call Chelsea for your next party.

– Until next time, David & Brad

Twin Cities Metro Women Directory Connects Women in Business

large_8412601296When The Barter Guy approached Shannon Johnson of Twin Cities Metro Women Directory, joining the IMS Barter Exchange directory was a no brainer for her. Shannon understands the importance of including barter as part of your business. It’s a great way to reach out to new businesses and connect with them. Twin Cities Metro Women directory is a free bimonthly publication featuring businesswomen of the metro. Shannon connects women by maintaining an online directory, a newsletter, as well as a printed publication. Funding for the publication comes from women in business advertising both on the website as well as the printed publication. This service is offered through barter and ranges anywhere between $119/month – $639/month. Women are consumers too and in this publication you’ll find anyone from realtors, financial experts, to skin care consultants. The possibilities are limitless as to who is going to see your advertisement. So, if you’re a woman with a start up business, getting connected with other women of the metro area will get you the exposure you need to be successful. Aside from additional exposure for your business in Twin Cities Metro Women Directory, you’ll find support and tips to make the day-to-day balancing of schedules for both business and home a little easier.

  • Tips for saying “no”
  • Five habits of successful people
  • Simplifying life
  • Tips for putting yourself first and how that benefits others

If you’re a woman who is new to the metro area, becoming familiar with this directory will help you feel connected with other women in the Twin Cities area. If you’re a woman with a start up business, but don’t have a lot of dollars for advertising, contact The Barter Guy to join the IMS network and use barter dollars for your advertising. Together The Barter Guy and Twin Cities Metro Women Directory want to get you connected so your business can fly as high as you want it to. Be sure to follow The Barter Guy on Facebook and LinkedIn to keep on top of all the great ways barter can help you grow your business on average of 5-10%.

Video Testimonials Through Barter Will Boost Business

large_6355318323-150x150One of the most powerful advertising tools is a video testimonial. Written testimonials are great, but who’s to say you didn’t make them up to put on your website? Of course, you would never do that, but visitors to your website don’t know that. Think about how much more powerful it would be to have actual customers talk about their experience with your business to your potential clients. It’s almost as good as a word of mouth testimonial. What makes video testimonials even more powerful is a professionally done video. This shows that good customer service is important enough to you to spend time and money on it to make sure your philosophies are highlighted properly.

Not only will this make your website more interesting, thus keeping potential customers on it longer, it will also help you by way of improving your SEO. Your videos should all link to YouTube. Clicks on your website that take people to external sources increase your rating with Google, thus bumping you up on the search engine.

So, we now know that video testimonials and SEO are both very important things for your business and will help you gain more clients. How you go about achieving this is where I come in. IMS has professional videographers in their network for you to use your barter dollars on. This is yet another case where you can use barter dollars, instead of cash, to advertise for your business and gain cash paying customers in return. This will then leave your cash free for you to use for things you can’t pay for barter dollars with, such as office rent. If you’re interested in learning about all the ways barter can not only keep cash in your pocket, but also get you more cash business be sure to follow The Barter Guy on Facebook and LinkedIn for weekly tips.

Advertise Using Barter Dollars

medium_370408063-150x150When business is slow your gut reaction is to beef up advertising. But what happens when you look in your advertising budget and you see a bunch of zeros and those zeros have no other numbers in front of them? People use barter dollars for advertising all the time. It might be difficult for someone to think about bartering with an advertising company, such as a magazine, when your good or service isn’t something that an ad agency would necessarily use. With one on one or business-to-business barter, there is always the chance of someone feeling like they got the raw end of the deal. Using a barter exchange like, IMS, puts a broker in the middle to get rid of this worry and frustration. Because IMS works hard to make sure everyone in the network is getting business, our brokers have made the connection with Minnesota Monthly for other IMS members to advertise with.

Minnesota Monthly is a magazine that lets Minnesotans know who the best doctors, restaurants and shops are in the state. Advertising in this monthly publication is sure to give your business a boost. The best part about using barter dollars to advertise is it’s sure to help you get cash business. So, if during the slow months you put out a coupon and it gets you business, that’s great. You’re still getting work, but at a discounted rate. Why not use barter dollars to get cash business? Don’t worry if your IMS account is also showing a bunch of zeros, IMS will let you borrow against your account so you can pay those dollars back in the form of work when business picks up again. This is perfect for new businesses. Like I said, we want to help you get more business. In fact, on average you’ll gain 5-10% more than what you would have had without joining IMS.

Contact The Barter Guy and connect with me on LinkedIn to learn about all the ways barter can help you grow your business and connect with other business owners.

Barter Can Help You With Your Taxes

small_5524891107-150x150It’s that time of year again – tax season! You’re probably wondering how barter can help you with tax season. While we can’t do your taxes for you, we can put you in touch with a trusted accountant through our barter network so you can pay your accounting fees through barter. If you’re self employed tax season renders images of endless receipts, mileage books, writing a check to the IRS instead of receiving one, and finding a good accountant to make sure everything is filed correctly. IMS and The Barter Guy have already done the work of finding a trusted CPA for you and found Dennis Dane of Dane Tax Solutions. Dennis is part of the IMS barter network so now is the perfect time for you to look into barter for your own business. When we find you customers through our network, it’s new business you may not have come across without IMS. This new business is tracked through our system giving you barter dollars when work is completed. Come April, or before then if you’re not a procrastinator, you can use those barter dollars to pay your accountant which is something you would have used cash to pay for anyway.

Barter isn’t a completely new concept. It was used all the time when currency was hard to come by. But we can all agree that cash is king, so why not use barter dollars in order to keep your cash in your pocket? Use barter to pay for:

  • Accounting fees
  • Signage for your business
  • Printing
  • Many more business expenses!

Contact David Carroll, your Barter Guy today to find out about how you can keep your money in your pocket! I’d love to hear your comments and stories about how barter has helped you. Be sure to ‘like’ my Facebook page and forward on my blog to your LinkedIn contacts so I can hear more about how barter has worked for you!

Hotels Fill Vacant Rooms With Barter

small_31645974981-150x141Hotel owners and managers all know what the biggest drain on their business is; a vacant room. When that room is vacant, that business is gone forever as there’s no finding another customer to replace what was lost that night. There are several things hotels do to try to fill rooms each night. Patrons can takeadvantage of deals on different travel sites, hotels offer rewards programs, they even team up with credit card companies to enable guests to use mileage points. Another program to get new guests in the door is barter. Once your hotel is in the IMS network, you’ll gain access to customers you wouldn’t have had before joining the IMS network. IMS patrons will use their barter dollars to pay for their hotel stay at your hotel which will give you access to barter dollars that can be used for things you would normally pay cash for:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Signage
  • Linens
  • Furniture
  • Painting
  • Pool Maintenance

The list goes on! With barter you will find business that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Since eventually every hotel will have to enlist the above services, why not get some of those empty rooms rented with barter instead of letting them go vacant and getting nothing for them. If you’re a hotel owner or manager of a hotel and you want to know more about how barter can keep your rooms full night after night, contact The Barter Guy. Be sure to ‘like’ my Facebook page to get weekly updates on how barter can help you find new business!

A Restaurant Gains More Profit Advertising With IMS

small_5683224123-150x150If you’re a restaurant owner, a Groupon representative has most likely approached you to offer your fare at a deeply discounted rate in order to get the word out about your restaurant. Groupon does put you in front of people that may have otherwise driven right past you, but their model begs the question: how do you make money? When you sign up for Groupon what you walk away from after the deal isn’t much at all. If you agree to offer $50 worth of food for $25, Groupon takes half of what you’ve sold the gift certificate for. So, after you get your cut of $12.50 and you’ve factored in your costs for the food, if that patron never returns you have barely broken even. With barter if someone spends $50 of their barter dollars with you, which feel like a coupon, after the $6 cost of doing business you get to walk away with $44.00.

Groupon Barter
$50 Gift Certificate $50 Barter Dollars
Sold for $25 $6 cost of doing business
Net to owner $12.50 Net to owner $44.00




IMS’s barter dollars not only feel like a coupon to other members, but as a restaurant owner, it’s also a brilliant way for you to get in front of customers you might never have been in touch with in the first place. As a restaurant owner you will be on our IMS barter website and other IMS members will be able to use their barter dollars to purchase a meal through your restaurant. If they like the dining experience, which they will, they will become steady customers who will refer their friends and family members who will become cash paying customers. Offering coupons and discounts to get people to try your food is a necessary part of the restaurant business. The Barter Guy can help you find out more about this new way of getting the word out about your restaurant!