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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!

How to Barter Services

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Another interesting aspect of trade aside from common exchange of products would be barter services. The method involves trading specialties between parties. On most occasions, the exchange is bilateral and direct between the parties involved. You need to have full knowledge regarding the details of this type of barter since the goods cannot be fully quantified.
Intro to Barter Services
Barter services are the offering of services and specialties by one barterer in return for another type of service or specialty that they need. The trade is done through physical or online meetings wherein the parties involved will define the type of service they are offering including all other details such as duration of service, coverage and limitations, overhead expenses, etc. This is an effective approach for individuals who cannot fully afford with cash. It is also a common practice used by individuals who are still beginning to improve in their craft.
Examples of professional services that are offered are home repair or construction, plumbing, accounting, health care, electrical work, mechanical work and engineering. There are also personal services exchanged which may be valued less such as pet grooming, babysitting, running errands and art making. The good thing about bartering services is that any individual from any walk of life can offer their talents and skills including students. Other inclusions available include article or thesis writing, poster making and web site designing.


It may be easier for you to find on the internet services you need to be bartered. There are web sites that particularly cater to bartering services. These will serve as your common meeting ground where you search for options and begin negotiating. Reliable web sites usually have a profile and complete list of all registered users so that you can immediately contact and offer to trade via private messaging, telephone or e-mail. Effective systems will provide you with exchange matches to make searches easier as well as monitor the transaction to ensure that all goes smoothly and satisfaction is guaranteed.
Things to Remember When Bartering Services
Define the service you are providing as well as the service you are looking for. Include the main service you need, how long you need it for, date and venue of services, specifications or things to be emphasized by the service, how many people are intended to provide the services for you and how expenses on the project are going to be paid for. You should also inform your fellow barterer all these details regarding the service you offer when discussing the exchange.
When looking for potential trades, try looking for local barterers who will be easier for you to locate and meet to further discuss details. If you find a remote source, it is recommended to look for a third party or inform a web site moderator regarding the trade once you finalize everything. Confirm the trader’s profile and save a copy of your emails or messages.
It will help to ask other members online who have already done barter services with the person you are transacting with. Check references or ask for some if there are none shown. You can finalize the details in paper once everything is settled. Write a barter service contract to avoid any complications and conflicts in the future. Have it signed by all parties then send a copy to the web site moderator.

No cash? No problem, if you barter

No cash? No problem, if you barter

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(CNN) — Miriam Brown has always wanted to visit Cape Cod, but when she recently began to plan a trip and found out she would have to pay $200 or more a night for lodging, her dream vacation seemed out of reach.
Miriam Brown and her husband bartered their services for room and board on Cape Cod.

Brown, who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, is an accountant. Her husband is a home renovations contractor.

Like many people dealing with a soft real estate market and high food and gas prices, they just don’t have that kind of extra cash for a trip.

“I have traveled a lot in prior years, but after [Hurricane] Katrina, there’s just no money for traveling,” Brown said.

So she still plans to go, but she won’t spend any cash at all on lodging.

Brown has joined the growing ranks of Americans who are bartering — trading goods and services without exchanging money — as a way to cope with tough economic times.

Brown posted an ad in the barter community last month, offering to trade her accounting skills and her husband’s knack for home repairs in exchange for room and board on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

She has lots of company.

“When the economy turns unfriendly, users become far more creative to get their everyday tasks done,” Susan MacTavish Best said.

Swapping ‘to get by’

Other Web sites that put Americans in touch with like-minded people who are willing to trade everything under the sun have also seen a boost in traffic.

“I think a few years ago it was more for fun,” said Jessica Hardwick.

“But we’ve seen a real shift in the last year, and especially an increase in the last few months, where I think people are really doing it to get by.”

Some of the most popular items to trade for late this summer were school uniforms, which some parents found they could not afford to buy for their children, Hardwick said.

Experts aren’t surprised Americans are becoming more financially creative during an economic downturn.
Dealing with the economy

• 67 percent of consumers have haggled in recent months, compared with 33 percent in 2006

• 61 percent of consumers now regularly use a shopping list, compared with 35 percent last fall

• 70 percent of shoppers now look primarily for “the deal” in the Sunday inserts, compared with 51 percent last fall

“Historically, when times get tough, you see a 50 percent-plus increase in bartering as a way for people to be able to buy things or get things and do it economically,” said C. Britt Beemer, chairman of America’s Research Group.

The company talks with thousands of consumers every week to gauge their spending habits and attitudes.

A couple of years ago, many Americans had $500 to spend at the end of the month, but that money has evaporated because of rising prices, Beemer said.

“We’ve never had a time, at least in my lifetime, where you have food and fuel going up at the same time. So it isn’t a question of buying things, it’s a question of buying nothing,” Beemer said.

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Businesses have long recognized the benefits of bartering, and there are hundreds of barter networks set up across the country to fill their needs.

They use barter credits as currency, so a plumber in need of a filling doesn’t need to search for a dentist’s office with plumbing problems to make a deal. He can fix a leaky pipe for one member of a network and use the credits he earned for that job at any other.

“Really, there are no limits to it. We trade for just about anything you can think of,” Michael Krane said.

Bartering on this scale is also robust in tough economic times. Krane said his exchange has seen a 20 percent rise in barter transaction volume in the first six months of this year.

A longtime client is Thomas Forrest, an orthodontist in suburban Pittsburgh who barters his services for everything from office improvements to stationery. His practice hasn’t been affected by the economic downturn, Forrest said, but some of his patients seem glad to be able to visit him under the barter arrangement.

“I think if you have a business owner who has children in need of braces, I sense a gratitude that that’s available,” Forrest said.

Barter exchanges must carefully document all trades, since the Internal Revenue Service considers income from bartering as taxable. However, a barter exchange “does not include arrangements that provide solely for the informal exchange of similar services on a noncommercial basis,” according to the IRS.

In New Orleans, Brown and her husband are getting ready to go to Cape Cod after finding a taker for her bartering offer. The couple will work five hours a day in exchange for staying in “a beautiful three-bedroom house right in the center of it all,” Brown said.

“We can do a lot more if we don’t have to pay for room and board,” she added.

Barter Online and Save Money

Posted on May 4th, 2010

When most people think of barter, they think of a very primitive form of trade. Maybe you give your neighbor tomatoes from your garden in exchange for him shoveling snow from your driveway. Barter can be this simple, but in the information age it can also be much more.

Barter can essentially be done the same way people buy and sell online, whether at online stores or auction sites. The difference is, instead of using cash money, you barter goods and services. There are barter exchanges that have their own currency that you can use to trade with other members.

What are some of the advantages of online barter? First of all, you get to benefit from the global nature of the internet. Traditionally, barter was done within a confined area, perhaps between neighboring tribes. Today, however, you can barter with anyone, anywhere, whether you are in the UK, India, the US or Australia.

The main advantage to barter is that you can acquire products and services you want for yourself at a fraction of the usual cost. Using online barter currencies, you can trade items that have nothing whatsoever in common with people anywhere in the world. For example, if you happen to be an artist or crafts person, you could make a trade with someone who owns a travel agency, perhaps exchanging a painting for a weekend stay at a resort.

Like any other way of doing business, there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to barter. You can start small, within your comfort zone and gradually scale it up. There is no need to make any large investments, as barter can be done at any level. If you are interested, you may want to learn more about getting in on the ground floor of this exciting new 21st Century version of an ancient business practice!

Bartering – What’s it All About?

Posted on May 03rd, 2010

When people directly exchange their products or services with the goods or services of others, the trade is known as barter. Barter system was the most commonly used trade system before the advent of currency notes. As a matter of fact, invention of money hasn’t put an end to the barter system altogether, as it is still used in various forms (even more after the arrival of internet). A relatively new phenomenon being introduced on the internet is some websites offering their services for individuals who are looking to trade their real property for any other asset of the same value. Given the fact that there are not many assets that can be exchanged with a real property, therefore most of these barters are supposed to be a real property exchanged with another real property. The idea has slowly picked up traction and many websites are providing a similar service (which means people are taking interest in property bartering).

Barter creates a win-win situation for both parties (not like the normal sale and purchase where usually one party’s gain is another party’s loss). Buyer doesn’t need to go through the long procedures of arranging finance or mortgage for property purchase, which makes a lot of difference especially in the situations like recent financial crunch when it’s extremely hard to get your hands on required funds. The barter system eliminates the need of property agents and other types of middle man, reducing selling cost to a bare minimum. Even though it sounds really difficult to find some willing property owner who’s ready to barter his/her property with yours, it’s not that difficult anymore, thanks to the Internet which makes advertising and searching so easy. Also, you can also save some certain types of taxes in case of barter trade.

Coming to the flip side of this trade system, the first and the most obvious problem is the valuation of properties or assets being exchanged. That is why you might need to hire an independent valuator to see if both properties are of the same value. Also, you need to remember that the value of the property will be different for both parties (valued less for the one who currently owns the property and who’s looking to exchange it for another property). In addition to the complexity in property valuation, barter exchange is also subject to legal complexities, therefore you must arrange for proper documentation.

Bartering when starting a Business

Posted on April 26th, 2010

If you are running a business or thinking of starting a business, there are great opportunities to make your venture a profitable and lucrative one. The thing is that it’s not only you you will be facing the economic crises; it is everyone around you going through the same problems. In these times, what you can do to make your business grow without spending more money is by bartering services and goods and establishing good relations with other businesses and professionals.

Below a few tips and suggestions on how you can use your cabinet services to your advantage and spread your business without spending money or going out of your way!

  • Approach accountants for your business as they can help you greatly with your books and accounts. In turn offer your services to individual accountants or their company and help them if they need any jobs done. This will not only help you in your business but also help you to show them what you can do and ask for referral jobs too.
  • You can also approach attorneys or lawyers and ask them to trade out expenses in a barter exchange.
  • The same goes for physicians and other medical practitioners, you can approach them in barter of your services and do a fabulous job for them. This makes starting business worthwhile as no matter how the economic conditions are, you will be able to carry on your business forward and make a name for yourself with good services and a neat job.
  • Approaching auto mechanics is another great way to bartering your services and getting your car repaired at the same time. All these things will help to get the word about your business out as business can only progress if people see what good you sell.

Bartering and its Basics

Posted on April 3rd, 2010
Originally posted by Cherryl Hanson Simps0n

Our current economic system has socialized us to exchange a form of money – whether cash or credit – to receive goods and services. Unfortunately, whenever we run short of this precious monetary commodity, we’re unable to obtain the things that we need or want.

In these times when finding extra cash is definitely challenging, we have to become creative if we want to maintain our standard of living. There really is no shortage of the items that we need in the marketplace; the problem lies with our inadequate supply of money to pay for them. What if there was another way to get products and services without having to spend money?

In olden times before a system of monetary exchange evolved, people were able to acquire the things they needed to survive, by exchanging an item they already had with other people’s goods. So a chicken farmer could supply eggs in return for milk from a farmer who raised cows. Bartering occurs when two parties swap goods or services without any monetary payment being received.

Is it possible to go back to the basics of the bartering process in these modern times? Definitely! While we will never fully replace the need for money, bartering in different forms can help us to spend less and still achieve our desired lifestyle.

Here are some ways we can implement bartering to our benefit:

Trading Your Skills

Many of us have talents and skills that are in demand; but most of us have never figured out how to market our abilities to profit from them. Bartering can help us to trade our talents and receive the benefit of someone else’s skills in return. The idea is to exchange services or products that would normally have similar monetary value; and it works best when it costs only a little time and effort.

There are countless ways that you can use this principle. If you’re a math teacher, you could offer to tutor your gardener’s child in exchange for landscaping services. If you’re a tailor, you could sew clothes for your barber in exchange for haircuts for your family. If you have a marketable skill, write down all the services you would like to have, and simply ask around until you find someone who is willing to barter for what you have to offer. What do you have to lose?

Everyday Bartering

Even if you don’t have a particular talent or skill that can be traded, you can use your imagination to find things to barter. Remember that everyone has requirements that may be difficult to meet due to money shortages. To be successful at bartering, you have to be perceptive of people’s needs and be willing to do tasks that can make their lives more comfortable or convenient.

Here are a few ideas where ‘one hand can scratch another’s back’:

  • You need gas for your car, your friend needs transportation – Your friend can buy enough petrol for the week in exchange for your driving services;
  • You need a break from your kids, your friend needs to use the internet – Your friend can supply babysitting services on the weekend in return for access to your computer on weekdays;
  • You are tired of cooking on Sundays, so are all your friends – You can arrange dinner parties where the preparation and location of the meal is rotated among friends every week.

For everyday bartering to be successful, each person must have a very clear concept of what is required by the other party, and must be dependable and timely in carrying out the agreed tasks.

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How to become a smart barterer

Posted on: 26th March, 2010
Originally posted by fred

If you were paying any attention to feel-good news stories three years ago, you might remember a guy by the name of Kyle MacDonald. And if his name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps his ticket to the national spotlight will: one red paperclip. MacDonald first traded the tiny office supply for a pen on Craigslist in 2005, and eventually kept trading until he ended up with a house. (And, as what usually happens in situations like these, a book deal soon followed.)

To be sure, MacDonald is a rare example of extreme success (and, perhaps, extremely good timing) when it comes to online bartering — there’s no telling what his journey would’ve looked like had he tried to trade that red paperclip after the economy started to falter. (For one, the house he ended up with most likely would’ve been a foreclosure.)

These days, though, swapping services in online forums is on the rise. SwapTreasures, an Internet bartering forum, has reported a traffic increase of 40% since the recession took hold, a member of the site’s support team wrote in an e-mail.


The bartering section of Craigslist undoubtedly features a wider cross-section of users, but as a result, the listings often come off reading like a virtual scrap heap. Still, students are using the site with varying degrees of success, trading everything from tennis lessons to baby-sitting sessions to get by without things getting too expensive.

Leia MonDragon, a 23-year-old Borough of Manhattan Community College student, began bartering for child services to supplement her freegan lifestyle. She hasn’t ended up with a house quite yet, but MonDragon uses Craigslist to barter for child care while she works or attends classes in the evenings. Since freeganism “is more based on the idea of gifting,” MonDragon said it’s necessary to barter for a service like babysitting.

“There are some beautiful ideas that go along with [freeganism],” MonDragon said, “but I need a baby sitter, so I need to barter.”

For her part, MonDragon offers to provide child care services or music lessons on her end of the barter deal, but since her trades often involve people looking after her child, she said she takes extra precautions when selecting someone for the other end of the trade. Her advice? Take things slow.

“There is no rush,” she said. ” Get references [and] get to know the people you’re working with. If people ever ever want to rush you, don’t trust them.”

Some other tips for mastering the art of the Internet barter:

* Go with your gut. MonDragon drives the point home: “Creeps often come across as creepy.” If someone wants to rush a deal or starts pelting you with off-the-wall demands, you have every right to pull the plug on the transaction. It’s online bartering, not an arranged marriage.

* Do some “freesearch.” Sites such as SwapTreasures and BarterQuest offer barter services in the same manner as Craigslist. Peruse the postings around campus, in local coffee shops and in alternative newspapers. You might be surprised at what you find.

* Tell people where you will be when it comes time to trade. Better yet, bring a friend with you when it comes time to swap, and meet in a public place. “If you have a cell phone, bring it with you when you go to meet people,” MonDragon advises.

* Scour sites for freebies. Craigslist has a robust “free” section on the site, where its denizens give away everything from furniture to old CD’s, and the recession has influenced SwapTreasures to build a “donation” area to its site in order to provide users with items they need. (Spring cleaning, anyone?)

If you’re not quite ready to venture into the world of online trading, another option could be to start a bartering club or meet-up group amongst friends or classmates. Some tips:

* Make your purpose known, then build a community. Start a Meetup group, which would allow people to RSVP, post their needs and network with each other. You can also publicize through Facebook, Twitter and other channels.

* Don’t be afraid to reach out. Maybe your neighbor is fantastic at cutting and coloring hair, and maybe you’re awesome at graphic design. Maybe said neighbor could use a new business card logo as badly as you might need your roots done — do you see where I’m going with this?Don’t be shy.

* Have fun. You might discover new friends, a new lifestyle or a new hobby you never thought you’d develop. “Someone I am working out a barter with wants to teach me fire spinning,” MonDragon said. “That’s pretty awesome.”

What to Know to Barter Sucessfully

Posted on March 23rd, 2010
Originally posted by Melissa Riddle Chalos

What do you want or need?
Maybe you need help with your English paper, a hand-made gift for your grandmother’s birthday or a few sessions with a personal trainer to keep the Freshman 15 at bay. There are ways to get it, even if your bank account is a desert wasteland. The trick is figuring out what you’ve got.

What skills, services or goods do you presently possess that you can exchange for what you want or need?
The answer to that question lies in YOU… in your head, in your hands and often in the back of your closet.

You’ve got skills
Identify your strengths, what you’ve excelled at that might be of use to others. Can you tutor someone in biology in exchange for help with English? Do you have a craft or a hobby that you could teach someone in exchange for a service they offer? There are plenty of real world opportunities out there to use what you’re really good at to get what you can’t afford.

Stuff you own
You may be living in the dorm, using public transportation and eating mac ‘n’ cheese, but the chances are good you’ve got something of value you could trade. Look in your closet, dresser, and in your car (if you have one). That extra iPod you got for Christmas, those expensive boots you never wear, the season tickets you don’t have time to use — they’re all worth something. And if you can’t sell ‘em, you’d be amazed at how much in trade you could get.

If you don’t have the goods, but you’ve got the time and energy to spare, you can barter everything from childcare, lawn care, cleaning services (car, dorm, apartment, dog, etc.), baking, cosmetology help, organizational help-the list is endless. Convenience is valuable, so if you can make someone’s life easier and more efficient, the sky is the limit.

Set the value
If you’re swapping a service, do the math: Figure out what you would normally charge for the service, factor in supplies, then make an even exchange. To trade tangible goods, you’ve got to know the reasonable value of those items. free porn movies