If you have a business on the Internet, you should be
trading goods and services with other businesses. You
should always try to trade first for something before you
buy it. Barter deals usually require no money, though
sometimes you may need money to offset the value of the
goods or services being traded.
Keep in mind that a joint venture is an agreement in which
two or more businesses work on a project for a set period
of time. Joint ventures can be long-term, like promoting a
product together, or some can be short-term, like bartering
or trading products and services. Joint venture ideas are
Trading will give you many advantages over your
competition. It can save your business money. You can spend
the extra money to buy paid Internet advertising. It allows
you to offer your products and services at a lower price
than your competitors. You can afford to get the more
expensive goods and services to compete on the Internet.
There are numerous ways to find trade deals online. Set up
a barter message board or chat room on your web site to get
more barter offers. Note on your web site or ezine you are
willing to barter for goods and services. Join newsgroups
or email discussion groups that deal with bartering.
Join an online barter club to meet other businesses that
barter. Find web sites that barter by looking up the
keywords “barter,” “trade,” or “swap” in your search engine
There are a few things you should do before trading.
Compile a list of your goods and services you are willing
to trade. Make a list of goods and services you need or
want for your online business. Know the approximate cash
value of the things you are trying to trade and the value
of the things you are seeking in return.
All of this information can help you negotiate a successful
When proposing a trade offer, tell the person the benefits
of the deal. Explain to them why it would be a win-win
situation. Give their business many compliments in your
proposal. Prove to them why it would be a fair trade. This
type of proposal can increase your chances of them saying
“Yes, I will trade with you.”
Trading can build long-lasting business relationships,
increase your credibility by teaming up with other
reputable businesses, you can have access to free products
and services, and you can construct most joint venture
deals with little or no money. Also, you can gain new leads
and customers and you get discounts on products and
What are the ten things you should trade for before buying?
1. Information Products – it could be ebooks, “how-to”
videos, cassettes, magazines, newsletters, paid e-zines,
2. Advertising Space – it could be banner ads, ezine ads,
ebook ads, magazine ads, newspaper ads, tv ads, fax ads,
online classified ads, etc.
3. Web Hosting – you could offer a free advertisement for
their web hosting service on your site in return for free
or discounted hosting.
4. Software – it could be for tax software, website
authoring software, accounting software, newsletter
software, graphic design software, etc.
5. Writing/Editing – it could be for website content,
promotional articles, press releases, e-zine articles,
promotional ebooks, etc.
6. Accounting/Bookkeeping – you could offer a no-cost
advertisement in exchange for their accounting and booking
7. Consulting – it could be market consulting, legal
consulting, computer/software consulting, business
8. Copy writing – it could be for brochures, business
cards, classified ads, sales letters, product packages,
banner ads, promotional products, etc.
9. Merchant Accounts – you could offer no-cost insert ads
in your product packages in exchange for the option of
accepting credit cards.
10. Internet Access – you could offer a no-cost pop-up ad
on your web site in exchange for free or discounted
Bear in mind that if you have a business, you should be
trading goods and services with other related businesses.
Try to trade for something before you buy it. Barter deals
usually require little or no money. It might just work
wonders for you and your venture.