Posted by: Marty Fahncke | June 29, 2012

Bartering for business – Let’s play Barter Kings!

I’m addicted to a new show on TV called “Barter Kings”. Barter Kings on A&E

On this show, bartering experts trade and barter a variety of items in an effort to “trade up” from something as mundane as an iPod, wheeling and dealing it up to a car or boat or some other amazing item . . . all without any cash trading hands. defines barter as:

bar·ter [bahr-ter] verb
1. to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money.

Barter Kings is really a fascinating show to watch, as every episode has at least one “what the heck?” moment where someone makes a trade that makes no sense to me at all, exchanging something of very high dollar value for something valued at much less. However, the trade does make sense to the person doing the barter because they are trading something they don’t need for something they do need. And many times they don’t have the cash to just buy the item outright, so they are willing to do the barter deal. In fact, when you look closer, the barter might be the only and best way for everyone to get WHAT they need WHEN they need it.

This got me to thinking. I know there are many businesses out there who very much want to utilize my coaching and consulting services. Unfortunately, they don’t have the cash to hire me.  But they might have something they want to barter.

What one of my clients had to say after hiring me…

“Need help expanding your business? Need to be pushed? Need to know where to start or what to do next? Need help understanding how Social Networking can help? If you have been unsuccessful in your marketing efforts or just feel stagnated in this economy, I have 4 words for you: Hire Marty. I did!” — Maggie Mowery

So as of today, I’m officially open to “barter”. I have a very small capacity for new business over the summer, so as an experiment I want to fill those slots with businesses that I can help through barter.  If you could use my help with your business (or know someone else who could), but don’t have the cashflow to bring me on board paying my regular fees, let’s talk barter.

I’m open to bartering for goods OR services. Piano lessons, “guy toys”, a pool table for my kids, creative services, copywriting or marketing services, mechanic work, I’m open. No offer is too silly. I’ve never really done anything like this before, so I’ll be keeping a very open mind about what you have to trade.

I really want to help out at least one or two businesses this summer using the barter / trade method, so if your business needs the kick start I’m sure I can deliver, contact me ASAP and let the bartering begin!  (Click HERE to contact me)

One more comment from a satisfied client…

“Ideas, ideas, and more ideas. Marty is a true expert in his industry. He was born with a huge gift of coming up with amazing ideas to help and take your business to the next level (or the next 10 levels). I feel like every time I talk to the guy I get smarter. His integrity and passion for his clients is transparent when he is coaching and finding new ways to make you better. He is a coach, a mentor and role model for me, and If you are lucky to have him on your team DON’T LET HIM GO.  He is priceless in my book. Thanks for everything Marty.” — Jesse Eker

So what do you think?  Leave a comment below with your opinion, and let’s get our barter on!


  1. Great blog post. I built a barter site so that the average person can do what they do on the show. It makes connections to get what you want like no other site does. You end up trading your item to someone who has what you dont want to get what you do want. I d love if you would review the site.

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