Phoenix Barter & Business Insights

Set Yourself Apart By Providing Exceptional Customer Service

By TradesourceBarter - October 9, 2012

If you surveyed your long-term clients would they say that the customer service they receive now is as great as it was when they first started working with you? If you even hesitate before you answer that question, you need to step up your customer service game. While there are service providers that will compete on price alone, your best bet is to compete on the quality of customer service you provide. Consider the reason that your clients came to...

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Online Resources For Business Owners

By TradesourceBarter - October 1, 2012

As an entrepreneur you’re inundated with information, how-tos and best practice tips and hints from colleagues and from websites. We are all bombarded daily with more information than we can possibly keep up with, but there are some resources you simply need to have at hand. Here are our top online resource favorites: Your local Chamber of Commerce is a great resource for every business owner. Search the internet for a Chamber of Commerce near you; they offer events and...

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Take Charge of Your Business Marketing With These Five Tips

By TradesourceBarter - September 25, 2012

Networking, both online and in person, is necessary to grow your business. You will also need to find the best ways to advertise your business whether it’s through television, radio or newspapers; but how do you know which venue is best for your business and more importantly how will you know if your efforts are paying off? Networking with Tradesource at Mixers or on our Facebook page is another way to find new clients. Some marketing ideas will work in one form or another...

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Steps To Take To Prepare For A Speaking Engagement

By TradesourceBarter - August 28, 2012

Whether you speak at a Tradesource Mixer or are a speaker or coach, you are called upon to get up in front of a group and “be engaging.” Are there any steps a speaker can take to calm the nerves –whether you’re a featured speaker or merely standing up to give your 30-second elevator speech? Preparation and planning are typically crucial although you don’t want to be so scripted that you sound stiff and lifeless. Here are a few steps you can...

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Being Productive As A Virtual Employee

By TradesourceBarter - August 23, 2012

Not all business owners have the luxury of working from a home office, but if you do you know that it is sometimes easy to get distracted from work and get involved in home-task activities. When you’re interacting with clients via email and telephone it’s sometimes easy to forget to “dress for success.” It’s been proven though that even if you work virtually and if you work from a home office you should still get dressed as though you were...

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Positive Attitudes Breed Positive Attitudes

By TradesourceBarter - August 17, 2012

No one can deny the power of positive thinking and as that thought goes, you can’t deny the power of surrounding yourself with positive people. Not only does positive thinking bring you success, it also brings you a sense of calmness and that can enhance your productivity and lead you down the path toward success. Here are some thoughts on the benefits of surrounding yourself with positive people in your business and personal life: Bad moods are contagious, so too, are...

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Stress-free Networking Tips

By TradesourceBarter - August 14, 2012

As a small business owner there are so many things you have to do on a daily and weekly basis and one of those simply has to be networking. It’s not always easy to fit it into your schedule and it’s not always to walk into a new meeting and introduce yourself. Whether you attend networking events in your particular industry or if you attend Tradesource Mixers, you need to get out and shake some hands! Here are some of the...

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Will a Business Coach Help Your Business Grow?

By TradesourceBarter - June 20, 2012

As an entrepreneur, you know you need to spend time at networking events and seminars, both as a way to stay in front of industry news as well as staying in front of the minds of clients and potential clients. what I do for a living and I also like to hear from people who are in my same career path — social media and writing. It doesnt’ matter how many sessions you attend in your particular area of expertise, chances are...

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Make Your Business Blog Work For You

By TradesourceBarter - June 14, 2012

Has your website stopped being a sales tool? If you find that traffic has gone down and page views are dropping, consider starting a business blog. These are great tools in your marketing arsenal, but you have to put work into it to make that happen. Building a blog and filling it with content is the first step, but you need to move toward adding SEO in your posts, quality content, building links and talking about your posts on your social...

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Your Company Should Be A Reflection of ‘You’

By TradesourceBarter - May 2, 2012

When it comes to running your business or even finding a business partner with whom to work, do you operate under a system of core values? Do you know what your core values are, both personally and professionally? When you step back and look at it objectively, it is your inherent personal values that you will bring to the office with you and that you will bring to all of your business interactions. Here are some core values to consider:...

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