More Than Just Money Barter

More Than Just Money Barter



More than Just Money: Barter
By definition,​ barter is​ the​ when parties swap services or​ resources .​
But in​ business terms,​ it’s an​ exchange that ends usually with everyone a​ winner .​
All parties involved in​ bartering hold onto their cold hard cash and don’t lose a​ cent .​
There’s no worries about getting ripped off as​ a​ buyer or​ seller,​ so it’s an​ exchange that’s high on​ trust,​ low on​ tension .​
And finally,​ the​ government doesn’t get its hands on​ any of​ the​ proceeds .​
Bartering is​ such a​ great system,​ it’s no wonder it’s been around nearly forever.
Historians and archeologists reckon that bartering is​ a​ human business practice for the​ ages .​
It goes back as​ far as​ written history,​ and perhaps even further into mankind’s (and womankind’s) history of​ business practices.
Between humans,​ the​ actual business practice of​ money came long before money was invented .​
In written history,​ as​ far back as​ 9,​000 BC,​ shepherds used cattle as​ a​ means of​ exchange—from sheep to​ cows,​ camels to​ goats .​
Then when farmers came along during the​ course of​ the​ next couple thousands of​ years,​ grains and plants became the​ hot commodity in​ the​ world of​ bartering.
Bartering may have dissipated over the​ years,​ but it​ by no means went away .​
That’s the​ amazing thing about bartering .​
It still is,​ to​ this day,​ the​ ideal method of​ business exchange for some business folk,​ including companies with millions in​ assets .​
But it’s especially helpful for small businesses looking to​ get a​ leg up on​ their competition .​
Listen to​ people talking in​ today’s business world,​ and you’ll hear stories such as​ the​ programmer who helped to​ code an​ interactive Web page for a​ startup graphic-design company,​ in​ exchange for a​ logo design for his own startup surf-board design shop .​
Then there’s the​ story of​ the​ new Internet advertising firm rolling out an​ ad campaign for a​ restaurant .​
Later that year,​ the​ restaurant hosted a​ free party and dinner for that ad firm’s clients.
Examples in​ today’s business world abound for bartering .​
The reason is​ that bartering still has many advantages to​ it​ in​ this modern business world.
For instance,​ for companies that are just starting to​ build up their assets,​ bartering is​ an​ opportunity to​ save their hard-earned cash .​
Even established companies love the​ chance to​ keep their money in​ the​ bank .​
With bartering,​ a​ company can get what it​ needs,​ while providing a​ service that the​ other company needs.
And because there is​ no money passed between pockets,​ the​ taxman does not even need to​ know about it .​
That saves you,​ and your accountant,​ the​ trouble of​ figuring out one more piece of​ business income or​ expense.
Lastly,​ deals involving money may whip up the​ old Scrooge mentality—a combination of​ greed and mistrust .​
With money deals,​ you may always be left wondering if​ you got the​ short end of​ the​ stick .​
Not so with bartering .​
With bartering,​ you get exactly what you need .​
And in​ return,​ you give a​ fair share of​ goods or​ services.
There’s no need to​ be a​ Scrooge here .​
Instead,​ the​ whole transaction is​ one of​ trust and understanding .​
Generally speaking,​ bartering for goods and services feels more worthwhile than paying money,​ whether you’re bartering for a​ dinner party for your clients,​ Internet advertising space,​ or​ whatever it​ is​ that you and your bartering partner agree to​ .​
Perhaps it’s because you can actually feel the​ value of​ your own goods and services .​
Or it​ may be just because you don’t have to​ open your wallet.




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