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July 15, 2013
Lawn & Landscape

Let’s make a deal

Barter exchanges help landscaping companies expand their customer base, stay busy during downtime and earn “money” to buy business necessities.

For as much as 10 percent of the business Grounds Maintenance Services in Brookfield, Wis., does each year, owner Todd Ruedt never gets paid. Yet that $110,000 a year isn’t a loss for Ruedt’s residential and commercial design, installation and maintenance company. Rather, he earns credits – or trade dollars – through the barter exchange he belongs to.

Ruedt isn’t the only landscaping business owner discovering the power of barter. Signing up for a barter exchange can help landscape companies fill gaps in their schedules, move excess inventory, attract new customers and create a new source of income that can be used for business expenses ranging from equipment repairs to advertising.

“As a business owner in this economy, you have to be looking at everything to increase your business and productivity. This is another extension of business you can use to grow your company,” Ruedt says.

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