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July 31, 2012

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 07/31/2012

Charlie Sheen’s Huge Barter Deal

Actor Charlie Sheen’s barter deal, on his starring role in the comedy “Anger Management,” is very big bet on himself. If the show is purchased by the FX Network for an additional 90 episodes, which is expected, Sheen will be a far richer actor. That’s because Sheen took less salary per show in lieu of a 40% equity stake (bartering for an ownership position). His stake would be immensely valuable when the show is syndicated in both overseas and domestic markets.

Potential More Exciting Than Performance

It’s not what you have achieved, but what you might achieve, that’s most exciting. According to a new study by scholars at Stanford and Harvard, people get more excited about individuals with potential and promise than those with actual proven performance. Plus, they are more willing to hire and pay more for these high-potential candidates.

Time Your Purchases …

·         The best time to book a cruise is January through March, known as the “wave season.” Because that’s when cruise lines unleash summer cruise deals to compete for customers.

·         For airlines, Farecompare.com found that Tuesday at 3 P.M. is the cheapest time to buy a ticket. And the cheapest day to fly is Wednesday.

·         When buying a car, you’ll get the best deal with the best selection of options if you buy in August — but for a steal, wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Changing Attitudes Cause Another New Trend

More than 90% of colleges now offer some sort of programming for parents of incoming freshman, and 31% of colleges have a parent office on campus, according to data collected by the National Orientation Directors Association in 2011. Twenty years ago parent-specific programs were rare at colleges, according to Joyce Holl, executive director of the association.

Technology Affects Post Office

The U.S. Postal Service is likely to default on two upcoming payments of about $5.5 billion to its pension plan, although service will not be affected. The reason for the revenue shortfall? Internet technology. First-class mail volumes are down 25% since 2006, and are expected to fall another 30% in the next 5 years. A radical reshaping of the agency appears to be the only way out of this adverse situation.

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Personal Guarantee Insurance Now Available

As business owners know, most can’t get loans and lines of credit even for corporations without making a personal guarantee that the money will be repaid. That requirement has stopped more than one would-be entrepreneur from pursuing a business dream. And for owners of existing companies, they forgo growth if they don’t want to sign a personal guarantee.

Now there is Asterisk Financial, a personal guarantee insurance for small business owners to protect them from losing everything if a business falters. Here’s how it works: Owners of small to mid-size businesses or commercial real estate projects can buy an annual policy that will cover 30% to 70% of their net liability for loans of $500,000 to $8 million. The premium depends on the business’ credit worthiness and can be as low as 1% of the loan value. The policy beneficiaries are the owners of the business.

Asterisk has patented its personal-guarantee insurance underwriting process and won approval to sell it in 39 states so far. It should be available in all 50 states by the end of 2012. (The web site is personalguarantee.com.)


Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company’s listing on BarterNews.com isn’t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site BarterNews.com receives heavy traffic — with over 150,000 page-views every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the thousands of articles, the weekly “Tuesday Report,” and the “Contacts Section” of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

Is your barter company’s listing up-to-date?

To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A) update any changes to your company’s listing, such as new location, phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company has not been listed.

Here’s how to get on board:

To make changes to your listing click here.

For new listings click here.


Scrappy Entrepreneurs Seek Capital Wherever It Can Be Found!

A few years ago a prominent New Jersey research firm issued a paper by David P. Goldman which took an ambitious new look at the economics of entrepreneurship. Right up front he pointed out one failure of conventional economic analysis — that of addressing the real world in which business people live.

According to Goldman, conventional economics diminishes the role of risk-taking entrepreneurs who are the key to creating economic growth, betting that their innovative idea or product will yield outside gains. In the language of conventional economics, these entrepreneurs are willing to accept the “uninsurable risk” that makes the established securities (stock markets) skittish.

Goldman concluded in his paper that mainstream economists put too much emphasis on the role of savings in their policy prescriptions. Savings are important to the relatively established companies that draw on organized capital markets, he argues, but scrappy entrepreneurs seek out capital wherever it can be found.

Some entrepreneurs, for example, use barter effectively in the form of trade credits extended by suppliers, or by persuading key employees to take uncertain equity stakes in lieu of salary. Yet others finance their start-ups by mortgaging their homes. In all of these endeavors they are drawing on untapped sources of capital.

Reinforcing Goldman’s thinking is the fact that the commercial barter industry continues to grow and prosper — largely because of these scrappy entrepreneurs — with billions-of-dollars in products and services traded worldwide annually.


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Original Positive-Attitude Book Highly Relevant Today!

Most of us have read Napoleon Hill’s classic book, Think and Grow Rich. But before Hill, a man by the name of Orison Swett Marden published a book in 1908 titled He Can Who Thinks He Can.

Here are some of the quotes from Marden’s book written in 1908.

¨      Self-reliance is the best capital in the world. Self-depreciation is a crime.

¨      The greatest enemies of achievement are fear, doubt, and vacillation.

¨      Every child should be taught to expect success.

¨      The man who has learned the art of seeing things, looks with his brain.

¨      The best-educated people are those who are always learning, always absorbing knowledge from every possible source, and at every opportunity.

¨      People do not realize the immense value of utilizing spare minutes.

¨      Be yourself.

¨      Your judgment is your best friend; your common sense is your great life partner.

¨      Do not stop dreaming.

¨      A test of the quality of the individual is the spirit in which he does his work.

¨      Some people never see any beauty anywhere. Others see it everywhere.

¨      Your life work is your statue.

¨      Some of the greatest men in history never discovered themselves until they lost everything but their pluck and grit.

¨      Responsibility is a great power developer.

¨      If one is so loosely attached to his occupation that he can be easily induced to give it up, you may be sure that he is not in the right place.

¨      Almost anybody can resolve to do a great thing. It is only the strong, determined character that puts the resolve into execution.

¨      Character is the greatest force in the world.

¨      No substitute has ever yet been discovered for honesty.

¨      Happiness is a condition of mind.

¨      Real happiness is so simple that most people do not recognize it.

¨      The world makes way for the man with an idea.


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