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Q. Is the Barter Trainer program like a franchise?
A. No! This business opportunity is made up of a comprehensive, hands-on, training session where you learn how to Launch Your Own Highly Profitable Barter Exchange - and unlike a franchise, YOU keep ALL of the revenues.

Learn everything you will need to start your own barter exchange from The Barter Trainer:
  • Three days of comprehensive training by Tom McDowell, The Barter Trainer
  • In-depth instruction on the barter exchange economy, operations and management.
  • Details on the best way to market and sell the benefits of barter.
  • A tested business opportunity model enabling you to be in business within 4 weeks.
  • Effective advertising, marketing and public relations guidelines.
  • A complete set of barter exchange reference manuals.
  • BarterSolutions Proprietary Barter Exchange Software Lease and complete training.
  • Continuing telephone support, coaching, advice and development.
  • Networking opportunities with 50,000+ trading partners available through NATE.
  • A customized website for your barter exchange.
  • Email newsletters, brochures and sales offerings.
  • Press release program designed to gain local exposure for your new exchange.
  • The business opportunity of a lifetime - for a lifetime of business opportunities
Q. Can you guarantee my success?
A. No. Success is mostly dependent on your inner drive, sales ability, and persistence. We'll provide you with the right tools and our proven success formula - the rest is up to you!

Q. Is there much competition in the barter industry?
A. Although we feel competition to be healthy -- an average of 25 percent of trade exchange members belong to more than one exchange -- there are currently about 350 exchanges in the United States. By estimations, there is room for another 2,500 exchanges - a real business opportunity.

Q. How soon can I be in business?
A. In most cases, you can begin your exchange within 15 to 30 days of completing your training program.

Q. How much working capital will I need to get started?
A. There is no set formula. Each market is different in its costs for office rental, personnel compensation, and so on. If you currently own a business, your start up expenses will be minimal. Otherwise, we suggest you have from $10,000 to $25,000 in unencumbered working capital - or have a working spouse. From our training, you will learn how to trade for many of your expenses, including rent and other items you will need to start your exchange.

Q. How much experience is required to start a barter exchange?
A. Someone with a solid business background, especially in sales, will do exceptionally well with this business opportunity. We offer the most complete training currently available in the industry -- to lead you step-by-step into launching your own successful trade exchange. We want you to succeed so you become one of our trading partners! The more successful people available in our network, the better off everyone is and the more trading opportunities that become available.

Q. Can I start a barter exchange without your program?
A. Anyone can start most any business just by simply printing up business cards and hanging out an "Open For Business" sign. However, there is a big difference in being in a business and in knowing a business. Why re-invent the wheel when you can tap directly into the success story we've been writing since 1982? We will save you tens of thousands of dollars in start up and developmental costs. Using our contracts and operational forms alone will save you several thousand dollars in legal fees. We've learned what works and what doesn't through years of trial and error experience and have fine-tuned this business opportunity into a highly profitable model for you to copy. Plus, using our state-of-the-art barter software will give you a particular advantage over your competitors.

Q. Will I need to keep computerized records?
A. Yes. The IRS requires barter exchanges to be third-party record-keepers on all barter transactions processed by a barter exchange. You must submit this annual information in the form of 1099B's in electronic format. Our comprehensive, user-friendly barter software, BarterSolutions complies with all IRS reporting regulations for barter exchanges.It is available for lease at a very low monthly fee or purchased outright. BarterSolutions was created exclusively for the barter industry to make it easy to store and retrieve information about your clients. In addition, the built-in contact management program allows for efficient time management and follow up procedures, financial data, and notes, allowing access in the blink of an eye when it's time to speak to a client.

Q. What does it cost to take The Barter Trainer program?
A. There is a moderate investment to start your trade exchange. The program provides you with everything you need to succeed in the lucrative barter industry, with such features and benefits as:
  • A turnkey business opportunity with proven success
  • Low investment - residual income
  • Marketing assistance, including Web site, brochures, documents
  • No inventory
  • Recession-proof
  • Market to customers throughout the U.S. and Canada
  • Comprehensive training and continued support.

Working for yourself is tough, but it beats working for someone else. When you work for yourself, YOU are the boss. YOU set the hours, and YOU reap the rewards Have you been dreaming of the perfect business opportunity? Do you want to work your own hours, spend more time with your family? Are you worth more than you're paid? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we should talk about this terrific business opportunity.

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