Editor's Choice Business & Finance

​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.