Brandi Euell, Spa

I’ve generated over $17,000 in new business over the past three years thanks to First Canadian Barter Exchange. I’ve had over 50 barter members use my services, and have attracted new cash-paying clients as well. The staff at FCBE promote my business and send me clients, who pay using barter dollars.

I use some of the barter dollars I earn to pay for marketing, which helps me to attract more cash-paying clients. I recently used barter dollars to grow my business by purchasing the ‘5 Star Review System’ from another member. It is a software that creates a positive image of your business online, using real customer reviews and ratings. I would definitely recommend the system as it has really helped me connect with my existing clients and has generated more online leads.

One of my favourite ways of interacting with other barter members is at the annual FCBE Holiday Trade Show. I have attended the event as a vendor every year since joining and it’s a great way to connect with not only my existing barter clients, but also new members who are looking for a fantastic spa treatment!

One of my most memorable barter transactions is with Signarama; they made my sandwich boards, window stickers and vinyl car decals which have been great for business!

Other examples of things I’ve purchased using barter dollars include: business coaching with Deb Browne, TEDx tickets, wine making, personal training sessions with Tee Live, tattoos by Pennyblack Tattoo, a sauna (I use it every day!) and scripts for various restaurants. I also set up a barter account for my employee as an extra way to incentivize sales and reward her for her continuous hard work.”