Thousands continue to lose jobs in this challenging economy. Many who never faced unemployment, find themselves with no job and dwindling prospects of a new one. Restricted job opportunities have lead to a surge in entrepreneurship; out of the horrors of being jobless, the dream of working for oneself has emerged and come to fruition for many! In 2010, nearly 565,000 businesses were started each month, the highest number in more than a decade, according to the Kauffman Foundation, which researches entrepreneurship trends. Cash-strapped new business owners have discovered bartering as a viable option to get the services and products they need. ""When you're starting out, cash flow is everything," said Catherine Fischer, co-owner of the Parkway Theater, an Oakland movie house that serves up pizza, pasta and beer to its audiences. "By bartering, you can get goods and services you need to get your business going without tying up your cash." I’ve used bartering to create my website! It’s hard for me to wrap my head around technical stuff; I know how I want it to look, but lack the interest and knowledge to make it look like a million bucks. I also was lacking the funds to hire a good web designer. Over the years, I’ve traded coaching for web design. My site has morphed a few times with each new barter, but alas (or thank God), I’m a good coach and those clients moved on. I made a decision; It’s time to hire a real web-guru, who will not only freshen the look but also teach me to do a few things on my own. I’m ready to learn how to do a little maintenance on it myself! I’m actually excited about it! I’ve interviewed a few people and discovered that the cost can vary from one to another by a great degree! I’m going to bite the bullet however, and hire a professional web designer. I’m also bartering with a massage therapist, and is she ever good! If you are in the Orlando Area, you really have to contact Nancy. Have table will travel! It’s symbiotic! If you are a new entrepreneur, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. What services do you need? What can you offer another business? Check www.craigslist.com for products and services that you need, drop them a line and see if they are interested in bartering with you. Tweet and ask on Facebook. Create a flyer! Time to think outside the box. And if you need help to think outside the box, give me a call! Who knows, maybe we can barter too!