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!

How Barter Can Find You New Business

DitterEvery business is going to have a need for heating, cooling, or electrical at some point.  Barter is a great way to cover those expenses that, inevitably, come up.  That’s what Chuck Winkler of Ditter Heating, Cooling, and Electrical saw when he heard me, The Barter Guy, speak about the IMS Barter exchange.  This week’s blog showcases Ditter Heating, Cooling, and Electrical, who over the past year have utilized barter as an important tool to grow their business.

The most recent experience Chuck and his team of technicians had with barter was in a bar.  I was talking with the owner of a bar in Minneapolis, and he happened to mention their air conditioning wasn’t working.  This was during the summer, an unacceptable time for a business to lose their cool when their focus is on a good customer experience.  I put him in touch with Chuck and, since they were both members, they agreed to do the job through the IMS Barter exchange.  When Chuck and his team dug into the cooling problem, they found that a part of the cooling system needed to be replaced.  However, since the part needed to be ordered, Ditter’s team repaired the problem for the time being for an immediate fix.  Eventually, the part will still need to be replaced, which will turn into $9K worth of business that Ditter wouldn’t have seen without the IMS Barter network and me connecting the two business owners.

Do you own a business that is reliant on an excellent customer experience?  Whether your indoor air is too hot or too cold, comfort is essential to getting people in the door and coming back again.  Contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, to become part of the IMS Barter network.  Once you are a member, you can start using services like Ditter Heating, Cooling, and Electrical on barter.  I’ll even work to connect you with businesses that need your services so you can start earning barter dollars right away!  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about why you should have barter in your business toolbox!

3 Ways Business Owners Make More Money

small_61056391-150x150Are you a business owner looking for more customers? Many businesses that have had free time to fill in their week have had great success using the IMS Barter network to find these customers. In this blog, I’ll explain how barter can help get you more customers and make more money.

I have yet to come across a business owner who isn’t looking to make more money. I have, however, run across business owners who look at “free time” in their week as time that is costing them money. Barter is one solution some businesses have found to fill up some time in their week. My clients have joined IMS Barter to help make this process easy and to help them make more money.

By joining IMS Barter, you join a network of thousands of other business owners. These business owners earn IMS barter dollars by doing work for other members in the network.  Since they can spend their barter dollars anywhere in our network, and they’d rather use these dollars on things they would normally spend cash on, they will contact you to spend their IMS Barter dollars. A great benefit of barter is that you can then turn around and use those dollars to generate more cash.  Here are some examples how that might work for you:

* Using barter dollars to advertise for new cash business.

* Earning the trust of IMS members so they refer you other customers that pay cash.

* Spending your barter dollars on things you would normally pay cash for

By spending your barter dollars on things you would normally pay cash for, like cleaning services, travel, entertainment, office rent (and much more!), you keep your money in your pocket, thus increasing your bottom line. IMS Barter also exposes your business to our network of members you wouldn’t have met otherwise!

Are you a business owner who wants to turn their “free time” into cash? Contact me; David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866, to learn about the other ways you can use barter to increase your bottom line by 5-10%. Be sure to connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn to receive my weekly blog updates on how other IMS members are using barter to boost their bottom line!


3 Ways To Find More Customers

small_5416543588-150x150Are you looking for more customers?  In this blog, read about a surprising way to get more business that you may have never heard of.

Sure, we’ve all heard of barter, but have you ever heard of a barter exchange?  IMS Barter is a network of business owners all willing to do work on barter.  What makes joining a barter exchange different than bartering directly with other businesses for their goods and service?  An exchange can actually help you get more cash business.  Here’s how:

Our Network Directory – By becoming an IMS member, you join the thousands of other businesses in our directory.  IMS members can go online and search for services they’d like to spend their barter dollars on.  This gives you exposure to thousands of businesses you wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Referrals – When a new customer comes to you via the barter network, it’s a great way for them to test you out.  On top of that, your new client is also likely to refer their friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to you.  Barter is a great way for people to try out your company, trust you, and feel comfortable passing your information out!

Barter Broker – Part of what I do is help businesses connect with other professionals whose services they require.  As your barter broker, I work hard to find you business.  Part of my job requires networking, so I’m constantly out there meeting new people and businesses.  My eyes and ears are always open for an opportunity, and if a connection mentions a need for a service you provide, I’ll make sure to connect you.

Now that you know more about the IMS Barter exchange, you may be thinking about the possibilities of what it can do for your bottom line.  Are you ready to let barter help you find more customers?  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!

Your Business Can Use Barter To Get A Compelling Video

ds productionsWhen you have a large event that requires audio and video, you want to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.  When you barter for products and services, you also want that transaction to go smooth.  In this blog, read about how IMS Barter can be as important of a tool in your business as audiovisual equipment can be for your next big event.

Dennis Schuller, owner of DS Productions, offers clients in the IMS network a video for your business, talent, or for a friend or family member in digital or disc form as low as $150.00.

“The most important part of any kind of production is the effectiveness of the final product. That’s why I stand behind my service and will always make your satisfaction my main priority.”

Set an appointment to discuss your upcoming project or visit us online at  Check out these links to see some advertisements Dennis and DS Productions have worked on:



Recently Dennis sent this special Video message to us and we thank him for his warm wishes

As a small business offering a product or service, you may have an open house, client appreciation party, or seminar, which will require you to make a professional presentation.  By joining IMS Barter, you will be able to earn barter dollars by providing your product or service via barter to other IMS members.  With those barter dollars you have earned, you can then turn around and use them to create a professional video for your company.  By kicking your advertising up a notch, you’ll be better equipped to show your clients how you can serve them, thus resulting in cash business.

To learn more about using barter as a tool in your business, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866 and start earning barter dollars today!  I work hard as your barter broker to find you business that you wouldn’t have had otherwise.  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I share my weekly blog updates, which feature a different IMS member each week!

You Can Use Barter To Purchase Everyday Necessities!

Pat Trumbull

If you’re considering using barter as a tool in your business, you may be wondering if you’ll be able to use barter dollars in order to purchase some of your every-day necessities. This week’s featured member is Pat Trumbull with Mary Kay, a company we’re proud to represent in the IMS network.

Mary Kay cosmetics are some of the highest quality skin-care products on the market, without the high price tag.  Since products are marketed and distributed by independent consultants, the company is able to put more money into research and development.  The products aren’t just for women either; they’re for anyone who has skin.  Below are three products that men and women can both benefit from:

  • Mary Kay After-Sun Replenishing Gel – Whether it’s winter or summer, we’re always exposed to the sun.  If you’re going on a ski trip and close to the sun or getting ready for a warm weather getaway, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to take care of your skin in case you get too much sun.  The replenishing gel has the cooling affect of aloe without the sticky feeling.  Prevent peeling and skin damage!
  • Satin Hands – Winter is right around the corner and women and men often feel they must suffer through our cold months with dry and cracked hands.  Chapped hands are both uncomfortable and embarrassing.  Satin Hands exfoliates dry skin and replenishes moisture with the finishing hand cream, which will make winter seem that much shorter!
  • Satin Lips – With chapped hands come chapped lips this winter.  Have you ever wondered why traditional chap sticks never heal dry lips and only relieve the pain for a little while?  They have a drying agent in them resulting in you having to buy more chap stick!  Satin Lips exfoliates the dry skin from your lips and the lip balm keeps them moisturized for at least six hours.  A money-saver and a chapped lip healer!

Mary Kay consultants regularly carry inventory of their product for the convenience of quick delivery to their clients.  Pat was eager to get in on IMS network to use barter as a way to get more people introduced to Mary Kay’s amazing products.

Do you have a product you’d like to promote?  Joining the IMS Barter network will help you introduce your products to people and businesses you wouldn’t have met otherwise.  Barter will help you get in the door and your products will keep the customers coming back, bringing you cash business.  To learn more about barter, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy, at 952-856-8866 and get in the barter network today!  Connect with me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I share a different barter success story and feature a different IMS member each week in my blog!

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 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 To Maximize The IMS Barter Exchange

Preserve Painting, Rick, joined IMS barter, he had been very familiar in using barter as part of his business.  He knew that joining a barter exchange was going to be a much easier way to manage this important part of his business, and although he’s new to IMS, he’s been extremely busy in our barter network. In this article, I’m going to share with you how Rick uses his skill of professional painting to pay for things he would normally have to pay cash for.

Wanting to start a landscaping project, Rick had an estimate done for a retaining wall. Knowing this was going to be an expensive project, Rick decided to save his cash and sought out a local landscaper in the barter network. The estimate came in at $13,000.00.  That’s a big job and the landscaper didn’t need his house painted so a direct barter wouldn’t work. However, instead of having to barter directly with the landscaper for this dollar amount, Rick is earning these barter dollars by completing three smaller projects for other people in the IMS barter network.  These three jobs are work Preserve Painting wouldn’t have had otherwise and Rick will soon be able to move forward with his retaining wall project.

Bartering your skills and services not only allows you to pay for things with barter dollars you would normally pay cash for, it also gets you new cash business.  Recently, Preserve Painting did another job within the IMS barter exchange for someone in a luxury condo.  While he was there working on the project, a neighboring resident saw the work the team was doing and hired him for a cash job!  “I don’t know how else I would have gotten into that building, had it not been for originally getting hired by someone in the IMS barter network.  I’m expecting even more jobs to come out of that as well, “ Rick said.

Barter can be an important part of your business to increase your bottom line and get you cash business.  If you’re interested in learning more about how barter can increase your bottom line and get you more business, contact me, David Carroll The Barter Guy at 952-856-8866.  Follow me on Facebook and LinkedIn where I share information on barter and barter success stories.  Share this blog with the person you know who could benefit from barter!