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Various Forms of Barter that Pay the Rent

During these uncertain times, you may be faced with hard decisions like relocating your business or even how you are going to afford your rental office space. But even now, there are opportunities and options available to you thanks to IMS.

What to do with your $1400 Stimulus Check

The latest Government economic stimulus package is on its way to US bank accounts. For some small business owners, this stimulus money could help their business to stay open and functioning. However, instead of spending that money, we say SAVE IT!

​4 Myths of Commercial Barter

As small business owners, you are looking for ways to keep your business going and thriving in the current state of the world. You’ve probably considered every option except for one that seems a little “unconventional.” That would be a modern commercial barter exchange.

Now is the Time to Join

It’s been about a year since the Covid precautions and regulations began, and most business owners are still struggling to cope with the “new normal”. According to health and economic professionals, it’s going to be a long road to get back to full capacity.

A World in Flux

​“The world is in a constant state of flux.” - Heracleitus, 540-480 B.C. Little did the Greek philosopher know how well his observation would apply to today’s business world. With all the creative minds in the world, innovations are following one another in rapid succession, changing the way we think of our companies, markets, competitors - and ourselves!

Resolutions for Your Business in 2021

It’s 2021 and most of us are thankful and completely ready for a fresh start and to forget 2020. But as business owners, we can’t forget. So what should a business focus on in the year to come? Here is what IMS suggests to add to your business resolutions for 2021

​Capitalizing on the Barter Industry

Business owners today have seen their fair share of ups and down in the economy over the past decade but there’s still an opportunity to capitalize on. A 4th Financial dimension, barter, provides every business owner with an opportunity to harness their “private capital” and use it to achieve their business goals in the coming year.

​Keep Top Employees & Customers

Most companies are cognizant of the need to attract and keep good, quality personnel. One way to do so is to provide them with a generous employee benefits program. As a member of IMS, you can sidestep the usual sizable cash investment when creating the benefits package because you have an option - barter.

Barter DOES Increase Your Cash Flow

It often takes a while for new clients of a barter exchange to fully comprehend the economic benefits of this unique relationship. Some business people are even reluctant to become involved with an organized trading company because they don’t really understand the nature of barter transactions.

Are you running a Small Business?

According to the US Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, in 2019 there were 30.7 million small businesses in the United States with Chron estimating that over 627,000 new businesses started each year.

In Today's Environment

In today’s environment, it’s imperative that we focus our thoughts and efforts when it comes to running a business. With the pandemic changing business operations almost weekly, it’s beyond hard to keep every day routines and procedures running smoothly.

More Benefits of Barter

Most people realize that barter has become an important aspect of international commerce. But barter activities can also be very profitable for small business owners, for professional people, and for those working in the various building trades.

The Benefits of Trading

Do you know all of the ways a business can benefit from trading hard goods or services? Read on to see if you do!

​The Power of Radio

Radio advertising is a relevant AND effective tool for reaching consumers and gaining sales. Here are a few key points as to why you should consider investing in radio advertising now...

​Running a Spa in the Time of Covid-19

In the last few years, one of the top growing businesses was that of the spa and salon industry due to the renewed focus on personal health and wellness. However, like many business owners, 2020 decided to have different plans for growing and maintaining businesses.

IMS Solves Small Business Concerns

​According to Dun and Bradstreet, the typical small business owner has the following concerns: Shortage of skilled labor Increased competition Cash-Flow difficulties Controlling costs. IMS can help with these.

Marketing during a Recession with IMS

What are you doing to advertise or marketing your way out of the recession? Are you using your trade exchange members’ services at every opportunity? Here are a few inexpensive ideas to keep your name in front of the public. The services and products suggested can be obtained on barter in most cases.

A Practice to Guarantee More Profits

Recently, at an event discussing the power of using the IMS payment system to save cash, one attendee asked an important question: “What happens when a company acquires too many IMS dollars?”

Use Barter to Increase your Cash Flow!

Every business owner knows cash is king. Your vendors expect to be paid on time and regularly, and when you fall short, you’re finished. This is why it’s so important to learn alternate ways to increase your cash flow.

Nine Powerful Ways to use your IMS Dollars

Personnel costs are usually at the top of a company’s monthly expenses. And rightly so, because the key to building a solid organization is having reliable, talented and intelligent people.

Apples vs. Apples

How to determine the cash equivalent of your IMS dollars When making a purchase with your IMS dollars, you often pay prices slightly higher than a competitor’s cash discount price. It is important to be able to determine the real cash equivalent of your IMS dollars to be able to “weigh” the buying decision.

If You’re Not Spending Your Trade...

We really can do all the things we told you a barter organization can do. We find it sad that some of our IMS members don’t ever really get into the mode of trading. Joining our organization was a good decision then… and it still is.

Weathering the Storm

Since 1985, IMS has helped clients survive recessions, financial panics, wars, credit and liquidity issues, hurricanes, numerous global challenges, and now a pandemic. We have helped our clients weather these storms by leveraging their most immediate yet untapped financial resource, unsold inventory.

IMS Solutions

IMS has solutions to the problems most growing companies face today. IMS can help you to better control today’s challenges of reaching new customers, improving cash flow, increasing profits, and retaining quality employees.

Why Alternative Revenue Streams are Important for Small Businesses

We have all heard the saying "Don't put all of your eggs in one basket." This saying is especially true if you are a small business owner. If you have only one service, or just one product to sell, your potential customer base is exponentially smaller than if you had two products, or two services.

How IMS Can Help Postpone Payroll Cuts

As a business owner during this COVID-19 pandemic, everything feels like it has become unstable and unsure. You are fighting to keep your business open, and to do that, you are fighting to keep your employees. It’s a seemingly impossible task right now as revenue and income streams dry up.

Greater Financial Security will be Yours when You Spend just 15 Minutes a Day “Thinking Trade”

Running a business takes incredible hard work and grit. Plus talent, experience, salesmanship, an instinct for what the market wants, as well as some luck and “capital!”

Improve Bottom Line Despite Economy

Added sales, by making every day count, is certainly one important path to follow. But let’s face it, it’s not going to be a “piece of cake” during this current falling economy. Just like you, your competitors have become very efficient and more determined than ever to retain their own market share.

The Coronavirus Emergency Loan Guide for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

During this global pandemic, we at IMS want to give you up to date and important information to keep your business going. Last week, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic fall.

IMS is Open for Business

IMS is open for business and brokers are ready to take your calls, respond to your emails, and bring you trade opportunities that save your cash reserves.

10 MORE Ways to Overcome Tight Cash-Flow using IMS now!

Cash flow can become tight in any business. A wise business owner will look for ways to increase cash flow, whether business is plentiful or lacking. Here are 10 MORE ideas to help you survive the cash-flow crunch and make the best use of IMS Barter.

10 Ways to Overcome Tight Cash-Flow using IMS now!

We know cash-flow is tight right now. Here are 10 ideas to help you survive the cash-flow crunch and make the best use of the IMS barter system.

A Day in the Life of an IMS Broker

I have an exciting job – I literally own my own day. Setting up deals, authorizing payments, purchasing and selling inventory, designing media campaigns, shipping goods, serving as a mediator between clients, and welcoming new clients to IMS are all part of a typical day.

7 Common Drains on a Company’s Resources

According to a recent article in The Business Journals, there are 7 common drains on a company’s resources. They said “A company’s resources can include time management, production, and even staffing.” IMS Barter has many solutions to turn your excess inventory or time into resource-saving, cost-saving alternatives!

What percentage of your annual sales goes towards advertising?

The US Small Business Administration recommends spending 7 to 8 percent of your gross revenue for marketing and advertising if you’re doing less than $5 million a year in sales.

Top 5 Business Resolutions for 2020

What are the most common New Years Resolutions for Businesses? How can IMS help business owners keep their resolutions for the New Year? After some research, we discovered five ways IMS can help your business resolutions.

6 Reasons to Barter

If you are a small business, you are always looking for a new way to save cash, attract new customers, and boost your revenue streams. One of the most over looked ways to achieve these three items is BARTER.

Why Barter isn't Bitcoin

Ever since 2008, there has been a push for a cashless way to attain vital business necessities. The answer was the rebirth of Barter and the invention of cryptocurrencies. however most believe that Barter = Bitcoin. That is not true, and we will tell you why.

A Game for Old and New

Most know New York City for being a city full of attractions and entertainment, a city that never sleeps. But what you might not consider in the lump-label of entertainment was New York City had a thriving Video Game Arcade Culture. One such arcade is IMS Member, Chinatown Fair.

4 Ways to Help A Charity without Spending Cash

As a company that strives to save your business cash, we are also a company that wants to give back to the community. We wanted to let you know that there are ways you can give back, both as a business and in your personal life, when your financial resources are limited.

Opening the Door on a Spotlight Business

It is sometimes difficult for businesses to set themselves apart from the competition, but Precision Garage Doors of Cincinnati truly does! Continue reading to learn why.

Barter for Something Instead of Nothing

Studies show that over 30% of businesses engage in some form of barter…this for that…in direct trade. Most business owners aren’t familiar with the concept of business trading. Here are a few examples of Direct and Indirect Bartering.

More than Junk

One aspect most businesses, even some residential places, forget about is the importance of responsible and smart recycling and junk removal. Luckily, one IMS member specializes in this. Junk King Cincinnati and Dayton joined IMS’ ranks in 2016 but the company itself has been operating since 2005.

More than a Doggy Daycare

For any pet owner, traveling or even looking into weekly care can be stressful. One of our IMS members, Citizen Canine, can ease all your stress and worry about boarding your furry companion.

Need Legal Help?

Use the services available through IMS for these necessary legal expenses.