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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~Colin Powell

We spent a lot of time in our business and learned it the hard way, but every day was and is worth it. It isn’t always easy to gain knowledge of your mistakes. Otherwise these are the circumstances you learn the most. At all times it is important to believe in yourself and your aims and never give up. You can make it. We made it!

Two of four faces behind BarterQuest: it’s me and Bianca!

Believe

After a magnificent Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa has taken up his annual residence at Macy’s.

“A Million Reasons to Believe” is Macy’s current Christmas slogan. I’m impressed every time I pass the eye-catching letters “Believe” at the front of the flagship store. It’s the same when I see the bright lights of their Christmas tree with a star at the top. It gets me in the right mood for Christmas.

Obviously, New York’s largest department store has a million reasons to believe: a million reasons for you to spend your money for Christmas gifts! The word “Believe” has become part of a clever marketing campaign. But it also raises the question, “What do you believe?”

Whatever you believe, Christmas time is a sentimental time of the year. While it makes it easier to open your wallet, it’s all the more easy to open your heart. And while we are on the subject of wallets and the gifts we would like to give to say “we are thinking of you,” you certainly don’t have to spend tons of dollars for your loved ones on Christmas presents. Swap instead!

As a member of the BarterQuest community of traders, you can believe in our products and services because you can trust in our verified users. So take this season as an opportunity to verify your account on BarterQuest:

• Verify once and trade as a user who others can trust.
• Verification enhances site security and helps assure that your trading partners will be who they say they are.
• Increase your visibility with the icon.
• Join the premier ‘Verified Users’ club to chat and trade with other verified users.
• You must be verified to use points, our onsite currency that is convertible to dollars.

Believe in BarterQuest, save money on your Christmas gifts and verify now!

Giving Thanks!

This week, one of my best friends visited me spontaneously. I therefore took a day off yesterday to show him New York. He wanted to see Yankee Stadium so we set off to the Bronx.

When we arrived, our first view was of the huge, monumental stadium with the golden capital letters “YANKEE STADIUM.” But after that, we recognized a crowd of people who were waiting on line. It’s nothing unusual to wait on line in New York; however, the further we walked around the stadium the more people were lined up. Almost three quarters around the stadium people waited patiently. It was incredible.

At the beginning of the line we asked a security man why people were waiting on line because they couldn’t stay there for Yankee tickets. He explained that they handed out vouchers for a free Thanksgiving meal.

Under this aspect it was an oppressive feeling: a situation like this we just know from the newscast in the third world, where people can’t afford food, but what we saw there was true reality.

I told you that I am hosting Thanksgiving this year and I bartered for a private chef. I have been thinking about to donate the value of our Thanksgiving dinner. The holiday itself says “giving thanks”. Accordingly we should be thankful for what we have! Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving Day with our love ones and give thanks back to whom you think it should belong!

Changes

During this week I became aware of the following quotation: “Some people come into your life as blessings, others come into your life as lessons!”

The saying caught my attention because a person in my life who I really liked was changing his mind about our relationship from one day to the other. I tried to ask myself what happened; he wouldn’t talk to me in person, which disappointed me enormously.

In fact, from time to time things will change in your life – like the seasons. You don’t get an answer every time why a change of heart takes place. Life showed me that you’ll understand when you are ready for it. It’s time to move on.

One very good way to start moving on is to muck out your home and trade on BarterQuest. Not for nothing, BarterQuest is the premier site to swap valuable items you no longer need, even luxury items. Trade anything for anything. Find cars, motorcycles, collectibles, services, vacation rentals and real estate. And why not swap? Swapping will save you money, it’s green and it can make you and your trading partner happy.

Treat yourself by trading. What about a new haircut, special style, manicure or massage? There are many services available for barter that can make you feel better.

Or do you need a change of scene? Let’s swap for a vacation home! It’s implicit in the expression “move on,” so move on… to another place and discover a new way of life. In our category Real Estate there are plenty of timeshares, beach front houses and properties which are waiting only for you.

Swap, and begin to leave your past behind!

Take care!

Even though tough days are behind us, more will unfortunately come! The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is incredible: Lower Manhattan is still without power – parts of it are still under water – and the subway system has had its worst damage in its entire history!

This was my first time in such a serious situation. I only knew hurricanes from newscast; suddenly I was in the center of the devastation – it was a strange feeling and it is still. Under such circumstances you become conscious of who take care of you. When you are thousands of miles away from home – like me – Social Media and especially Facebook develop into an important communication instrument. My friends and many acquaintances asked on Facebook if I was alright and wanted to know what really happened. Luckily my neighborhood was relatively untroubled by Sandy. There were only a few broken trees and damaged cars.

Unfortunately they are friends of mine who are still without electricity, water, and cell phone service. How can we help them? Be there for them! Support your friends in any way you can and show them that you are there for them: offer your apartment for them to stay, buy food, embrace them, or conjure a smile on their faces. Sometimes it is these simple things that help the most!

Through the worst that Hurricane Sandy caused, we are still New Yorkers and no one can keep us down. We are a proud nation and if we fall down we stand up stronger than we ever were before!

If you’ve never bartered, you’re missing out!

Originally at http://genxfinance.com/barterquest-how-to-barter-everything-you-need-without-spending-a-dollar/

If you’ve never bartered, you’re missing out. Bartering allows you to acquire goods and services without the exchange of money. Here’s how it works. You’re a writer in need of a good laptop. Instead of purchasing one new or secondhand, you find one through BarterQuest, a cashless trading site. You complete your profile, list what you “WANT”, and add writing to the list of services what you “HAVE”.

People with laptops that need writing done for their businesses, can contact you through the site and make an offer. Once you’ve found a suitable laptop, you can make a counteroffer and agree on what you would be willing to write in exchange for the electronic. The other member then agrees to your counteroffer and accepts it. You then make your exchange.

Verify Your Account for Added Security

Every member must go through the verification process before trading. This ensures that everyone on the site has good intentions and will follow through with their exchanges. The onetime fee for verification is $9.99 which is a small price to pay for years and years of bartering. To learn more about the verification process, refer to the BarterQuest FAQ page.

Benefits of Bartering

In addition to being a useful way to acquire goods and utilize services without earning and exchanging money, bartering also offers the following benefits:

1. Provides you with warm sense of community and purpose.
2. Gives you the satisfaction of knowing that useful items are not going to the dump and winding up in the landfill.
3. Offers you the opportunity to build your skill set.
4. Allows you to make use your talents and encourages you to pursue interests that you might not otherwise be able to afford.

Regular barterers agree that a cashless system of exchange is not only better but more enjoyable.

When Bartering Becomes Taxable

Bartering becomes taxable in areas of the United States and Canada if the goods and services that you receive are worth $100 or more. You can refer to IRS.gov for more information about reporting bartering as “income” on your taxes.

Bartering is a great way to stretch your dollars. You acquire the goods and services that you need to make your life easier which frees up your income for other things. Bartering also supports the local economy, allows people to showcase their skills and talents, and keeps goods from the garbage. It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved.

Anger Management

This time I want to open our blog with a quote from Ambrose Bierce:

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”

Probably you remembered the last situation when you said something in the heat of battle and in the next second you would have liked to put your hand in front of your month and bitten your tongue. This scenario was the subject of a recent episode of the TV series “Go On” (with former “Friends” star Matthew Perry). The group leader’s boyfriend called all the group members by their nicknames, which he could have only known because the group leader told him. Naturally, and is the norm for this series, the group freaked out.

We all know what anger is, and we deal with it from time to time. We hope that we have the tools to deal with it so we don’t do something we will regret.

Before you regret your next angry outburst, we suggest you please have a look at our category “Counseling:”

There are many professional life coaches listing their services. They can help you deal with anger. Moreover, they can work with you to improve your communication skills and motivate you to reach your life goals. Perhaps you will morph into Charlie Sheen in his series “Anger Management?” On second thought, that may not be your best goal. But you know what I mean…

Barter for Communication

“It’s never too late to…” my grandmother told me all the time. In these days I thought about her words more than usual.

Our entire life deals with communication: Words are our expression to say who we are, what we feel and what we want. Even if we don’t speak we communicate! But sometimes it is not enough to articulate in just one language. English is the most widely used language worldwide. But did you know that it is just the third most common native language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish?

I was wondering about that and it confirmed me in my resolution to learn one more language. So far I haven’t decide which one but BarterQuest offers you an amount of tutors and teachers who are pleased to broaden your horizon in verbal communication to a foreign language.

I don’t want to lose more words about it and say it with my grandmothers ones: It’s never too late to learn French, Japanese, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish or Hindi!

When Autumn Leaves Start To Fall

The season is changing: Fall begins tomorrow! This time of the year marks the transition from summer into winter, when the arrival of night becomes noticeable earlier.

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~Stanley Horowitz

Fall is a mosaic for me too and I would like to describe the five pieces of my fall 2012 mosaic.


Let’s start with music! “Autumn Leaves” from Nat King Cole is one of my favorite songs for this time of year. It reminds me of the old black and white movies of yesteryear. Get in the right mood for fall and swap for a collection of over 1,500 Vinyl LP’s.

“Love it or hate it” my boyfriend told me last Saturday while he watched football instead of helping me to put together our new kitchen unit. I realized that with fall, for better or worse, football season arrives! I have come to the decision that I suffer his favor for football. So if you, like me, have decided to make the best of it on fall weekends, you might as well get “extra points” and give your boyfriend a gift. Trade for an Autographed Earl Campbell Football. You may never have to build out your kitchen alone again.

In the end of October I always ask myself the same question: What will I wear on Halloween? During the year I have a couple of ideas, but if you’re anything like me you procrastinate until it’s last-ditch. To get ideas, you can go to BarterQuest and trade for a costume. You may want a Scream Costume. I guarantee that no one will know you!

I love my mother but every year on Thanksgiving it’s a disaster. She runs through the kitchen like a headless turkey. She drives not only herself, but also my father, my brother and me crazy. This year everything will be totally different. I am hosting Thanksgiving. My secret will be to arrange for a private chef! Barter for a Professional “Chopped” Champion Chef.

Last but not least, I love to walk through Central Park on Sunday afternoons in the fall. When the wind twists the colored leaves from the trees I dream of my own piece of land or be somewhere else!

Bacon Barter

Is it worth to spend millions of dollars into a commercial for a new product? In times of Social Media – where it is rather easy to get attention of a huge community through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – a well known, traditional American company has the inspiration of barter!

Actually the proposal of “The Great American Bacon Barter” is not new: A man on his mission across the country without any cash and credit cards. In this case actor, comedian and writer Josh Sankey embarked his journey on Monday from New York to Los Angeles and all he has to barter is just a trailer full of 3,000 pounds of that new bacon! After four days on his road trip he bartered the bacon for food, lodging, football tickets and everything else he needed.

But is this project realistic? On the one hand the value of bacon is almost $20,000. So, Josh is able to spend approximately $1,430 a day to travel from the east to the west coast. It’s a large amount for two weeks – just for one person! The other aspect is about the camera team which comes along with him. A camera pays attention and you are focused on the person in front. As a result it makes it easier to get what you want. Nevertheless Josh had to learn how to barter: He didn’t complete his exchanges in the first pace. Step by step he traded his bacon for what he wanted. The actor could be glad that Americans have a fever for bacon!

Apart from that this campaign is a big promotion for the business, brand, product, Josh Sankey and also for barter! Everyone is currently talking about Josh’s expedition and for what he will barter bacon next.
BarterQuest likes his challenge, that he makes bartering more popular and our company will follow him for the next ten days!