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Monday, September 18, 2006

Small business ideas, tools

Get some ideas from this piece from the 9/17/06 NYTimes on running a business on a small budget. See if you find anything new. By way of example in our practice, we use eFax for faxing that is referenced in the piece. For the package we use we get a local fax number and virtually unlimited faxing for $12.95 per month. I think the only issue that we run into every so often is a ceiling on how many pages we can receive per month. One recent month we had a trial and were exchanging all sorts of large document batches and we hit our ceiling but that's the only time it's happened thus far. 1and1.com is our Web host...we pay under $10 per month for them.

The article mentions bartering too. I haven't done any bartering in the small business realm but I've heard other lawyers doing it. The Greatest American Lawyer had a post about his bartering for services recently.


At 9:22 PM, Blogger RJon@HowToMakeItRain.com said...

I have had some experience with bartering. Some good. Some not so good. I'm a member of ITEX for example, which is an international barter economy. Basically, you pay for the products & svs with "ITEX DOLLARS" and pay a small transaction fee each time.

If you have spare time (which I don't anymore) that you're trying to sell, it's a relatively easy way to keep yourself busy & there are lots of ways to spend the ITEX money, but best to check with your local dealers to see if it's anything you want or need. It's been several years since I've been an active participant in the ITEX economy but it's usually great for taking vacations, etc. Just go to www. ITEX.com

I have also had some experience with clients who got involved in barter services for space. Typically, it's a new lawyer bartering for space in the extra office of a more experienced, presumably busier, lawyer. I made a blog posting on this topic if anyone's interested, just click HERE

Anyway, hope this helps anyone interested in getting involved in Barter.



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