Think of us as Your Commission Only Sales Force.
Believe it or not, for a limited time you can join TN for FREE! In exchange for bringing your business new customers, we collect a modest 12% cash commission that you pay only when you benefit from spending your trade dollars, and a small annual renewal after the first year. If you don’t get any new customers after joining TN, you don’t benefit and neither do we!
Our network includes over 700 local Michigan businesses and we offer reciprocal trading ability with at over 50,000 other businesses across the country, giving you serious buying power to support your business needs, and a wide potential customer base.
Trade Dollars are a cash equivalent that you can spend at any other TN member business. One Trade Dollar = One U.S. Dollar
How Much Does It Cost?
Looking to save money and grow your business? Join TN for FREE today!
Our modern bartering platform empowers you to trade your goods or services with any other TN member. Our 12% cash commission is only collected when you benefit from spending your trade dollars, and to help maintain the barter ecosystem, there is a small annual renewal fee (paid in trade dollars) after the first year.
There are no monthly fees or hidden costs. If you don't see any new customers after joining, you won't pay a thing!
Can Trade Network Help Improve My Cash flow?
Running a business can be tough, especially when cash flow is tight. That's where Trade Network can help.
When you trade your skills or products to acquire the goods and services your business needs, you are mathematically spending less cash! This will help free up more cash for other expenses, and over the months and years, it makes a huge difference.
Trade Network can also serve as a helpful source of emergency funds for unexpected expenses, giving you peace of mind and a safety net when you need it most.
I'm Not Sure If TN Is Right For Me.
That’s a great question, and the answer is: usually.
If your business has extremely tight (gross) margins, trading may not be the right fit for you. Similarly, if you have all the business you can handle and aren't actively seeking new customers, then we would like to say congratulations!
However, for most everyone else, Trade Network is a proven “can’t-lose” option for businesses of all sizes who want to save cash and gain new customers.
Don't just take our word for it – a few of our current members were skeptical at first, but found that joining our network was a "no-brainer" decision that helped them grow their business.
What About The Taxes?
With Trade Network, you don't have to worry about the hassle of tracking your barter transactions. Our platform acts as your third-party record keeper, providing you with detailed monthly statements, live transaction data, and even issuing a 1099-b automatically at the end of the year. This way, you can focus on utilizing TN as a marketing tool to grow your business and save cash
Barter income is treated the same as cash income. There are no tax advantages or disadvantages
Is Trade Network A National Company?
Trade Network is proud to be a locally owned and independent company, based right here in Michigan. But don't let our local roots fool you - we have a national reach!
Our unique trade reciprocity system means that our members can trade with businesses across the country, making it easy to get what you need, wherever you need it.
So, whether you're looking for new customers in your local area or expanding your business nationwide, Trade Network has you covered.
5 Myths of Modern Bartering
Business is thriving, and my cash flow is excellent! Why should I consider
getting paid in trade?
Barter is not just for struggling businesses; it can be a powerful tool for thriving ones. In fact, nearly half of Fortune 500 companies are actively engaged in barter. From manufacturers to media companies and hotel chains, these industry giants are trading billions of dollars every year, not out of financial necessity, but to strategically enhance their asset utilization and profitability. Imagine the potential: those unoccupied tables, underutilized employees, and unsold inventory can be transformed into valuable assets. Trade Network members are purchasing products and supplies, catering holiday parties, going on vacations, trading with contractors for construction and maintenance, and even paying for their child’s college tuition without paying cash! It's an innovative approach to maximizing asset return and expanding your profitability.
Trade Network sounds
complicated and difficult.
The reality is quite the opposite. Becoming a member of an organized barter system, such as Trade Network, simplifies the process and eliminates the complexities often associated with traditional bartering. Unlike conventional barter, we act as a trusted third-party record keeper, and our user-friendly software platform seamlessly records transactions, provides monthly statements, issues 1099-B forms, and effectively connects businesses for trading opportunities.
Making a trade is remarkably straightforward, similar to using a credit card. Plus, our dedicated support team is always there to assist and guide you at every stage of the process, ensuring that you become a skilled and confident trader in no time.
When I am paid in trade, it feels like I am giving away my product.
We’ll quote the IRS on this one, bartering is equally on par with the U.S. Dollar! Think of your Trade Network account as akin to having a gift card that you can spend at over 1,000 different local businesses. We simplify barter, and make it accessible for almost any business, while our cloud-based platform and user-friendly app ensure a hassle-free experience. By accepting trade payments, you are not giving away your product; you are simply expanding your business potential. It allows you to optimize your asset return, get the services you need, and still keep your cash available for essential expenses such as mortgages, salary, medical bills, and utilities.
Bartering through Trade Network is more expensive than purchasing goods and services with cash. That 12% fee seems high.
The 12% commission associated with Trade Network transactions is often misunderstood as an extra cost. In reality, bartering almost always leads to significant cost savings. When you make a purchase using trade credits, you can buy products and services at or below your wholesale cost, creating a more economical option. Consider this: if you were buying a new sign for your building, which would be cheaper, writing a $2,000 check or providing $2,000 in gift certificates? At Trade Network, we operate on a commission-based model, similar to real estate brokers who earn a commission for connecting buyers and sellers, and facilitating transactions. The 12% commission is paid by the buyer at the point of purchase, which is advantageous for buyers since we only profit when our clients save their cash. Our success depends on the success of our members. If they don't gain new customers or find items to purchase through trade, we don't benefit either. To maintain a fair trading environment, price gouging is strictly prohibited within our network. The more you trade, the more you save!
Barter exchanges are just another fad.
Trade Network, founded in 1991, has been an integral part of the barter industry for over three decades. In recent years, the popularity of bartering has continued to rise. In 1982, the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) officially recognized the barter industry, and served as a key catalyst for growth and awareness. As businesses continue to evolve, the importance of barter as a viable and beneficial method of trade is poised to increase. Barter isn't just a fad; it's a time-tested and enduring practice that continues to thrive and adapt to the ever-changing business world.