Meet Our Members: Yazmin Taylor of YAZZFITNESS

For Yazmin Taylor of YAZZ FITNESS, being active has been an important part of her life since early childhood. She competed in the Costa Rican National games and received fourth place early in life, so it’s no surprise that as an adult, Yaz has chosen to continue her active lifestyle as a fitness instructor and personal trainer.  She has her own business, YAZZ FITNESS, and teachers both individuals and group classes at corporations including Bayer, Time Warner and Fidelity as well as various hospitals and senior centers.

Studying directly with the founder of Zumba, Beto Perez on Williams, she holds various Zumba credentials including a Level II Zumba Trainer and a Zumba Gold Trainer certification. She loves Zumba because it “actually gives you more energy and you feel better about yourself.”

She is also a certified personal Trainer. She holds additional certifications as a group fitness trainer, a water aerobics instructor and an arthritis fitness trainer.  Her additional specializations include pre-natal and senior fitness.  Yaz’s philosophy is to “teach you how to tone your body, build muscle, and strengthen your core with or without the use of machines.”

While living in Florida and building her business, she heard of Global Barter Corp.  Yaz had some friend who were members and she noticed that “they were always going to restaurants and getting stuff like TVs without paying any money.”  She didn’t have to be convinced to join since she already saw the benefits in action.  She decided that membership would work for her both personally and professionally.

Today, Yaz barters her experience as a personal trainer for dinners out, dentist visits, clothing and even iPods.  She says that the only money she spends is the yearly membership fee and the 6% transaction when she decided to use her barter dollars.

Her advice to those who are thinking about joining GBC?  “It is a good deal!”

Interested in learning more about YAZZ FITNESS?  Visit her website for more information at

Who is GBC?

The value of an organization is in its members – and GBC is consistently growing its membership base of over 24,000 businesses across the US!

Who Are GBC Members?
GBC members comprise all facets of industry, services, and retail.   Need a lawyer to revise your will and trust documents, a chiropractor to align your back, a web developer to build a new site, a wedding cake for your daughter’s big day, or perhaps a Zumba lesson to get in shape?  GBC members come from diverse industries and have a variety of skills and products to barter.

One of GBC’s newest members is Atlantic Creative Communications; a full-service video, audio and production company located in Raleigh.  “Joining Global Barter Corporation was an easy decision for us at Atlantic Creative Communications,” said Rich Bailey, Vice President and General Manager.  “Through our membership, we will be able to leverage the relationships with other members to build our business, as well as make our services available to a wider group of customers.”

As a member of GBC, Atlantic Creative Communications joins thousands of other members businesses and services that have taken advantage of the business barter membership .  How can you grow your business with the help of GBC’s members?  The possibilities are limitless.

Staff and Principals
GBC has a hardworking staff to manage members’ requests.  GBC brokers and principals have more than 50 years of experience in the business barter industry.   The staff works hard to acting as third party bookkeepers, maintaining accurate records of each transaction and keeping track of Trade Dollar balances.  GBC staff follow strict guidelines and rigorously monitor all transactions, adhering to the stringent policies, rules and regulations of GBC trade practice and the IRS – so that member’s can focus on other aspects of their businesses.

Are you ready to forge new relationships, preserve your cash and have remarkable access to everything you need and buy them for cents on the dollar? Become a Global Barter Corp member today.

Do you bill by the hour, appointment or project? Make Barter Work for Your Business

Are you interested in of barter, but you’re not sure how it would work for your business? If you bill by the hour, appointment or project – the potential benefits of barter are powerful!

Here’s how it works – If you’re not booking an appointment or working on a project, you’ve lost money. As someone who has a billing structure based on time, you know that downtime won’t pay the bills. If you bill this way, it is very easy to rack up a vanishing inventory – you are essentially losing money as your time disappears.

However, if you take on an extra client, your additional cost is minimal, if not zero. When you take on a new client through Global Barter Corp, you’re able to minimize your downtime and maximize your working hours. Your business is introduced to the barter network and grows through new clients and referrals, which add to your portfolio and minimize any of your scheduling gaps.

Since the outlay of your cost is unused time and labor, but you are trading for full retail price, you are getting a tremendous bargain. By filling the gaps in your work schedule, you are able to trade your time for a variety of goods and services. The potential gains from barter are undeniable. Buying what you need for cents on the dollar, increasing your business through new customers and conserving your cash resources are smart business strategies.

Examples of professionals who use downtime to barter for goods and services include:

• Lawyers
• Spa and Salon Professionals
• Auto Mechanics
• Accountants
• Chiropractors
• Electricians
• Consultants
• Financial Planners
• Copywriters
• Programmers
• Editors
• Dentists
• Carpenters

Do you have any questions about how your business would benefit from membership in a barter exchange? Don’t hesitate to contact Global Barter Corp.   Interested in hearing from Global Barter Corp members who bill by the hour, appointment or project directly? GBC member interviews coming soon!

Barter in the News – Links You Can Use

  • According to the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch Blog, “In spite of financial pressures, many small business owners still feel they have levers to pull before they would be forced to close. If their financial situation does not improve, 34% would resort to either layoffs or changing their mix of products or services, according to the survey. About a third would barter with customers, suppliers and employees to minimize the use of cash, while 31% would reduce operating hours. Twenty-nine percent would purchase a technology to increase the efficiency of their business.”
  • Real Simple Magazine dishes on how to barter anything
  • The University of Illinois has a bartering checklist – great for brainstorming what services you have to offer through barter.
  • Forbes profiles John Huntsman from barterer to billionaire.  Huntsman recalls when he first realized the value of barter when, “The only way we could get polystyrene, since it was so costly in the marketplace, was to find companies who produced it and give them something they badly needed that they couldn’t find in the market.  That type of trading became known as bartering–no money would change hands, but we would give butadiene or ethylene or some other product that a company would need, and they would trade us polystyrene in return. We found out very quickly, after one or two trades, that we didn’t need to just get polystyrene in return–we just needed to keep bartering until we could find a product that was worth considerably more than what we started with in the first transaction in the barter system. Sometimes we would trade six or seven products to end up with some type of chemical or petrochemical that was very hard to find, but we could end up selling it for cash and a handsome profit.”
  • CBS Moneywatch on the basics of barter.
  • The IRS’s Bartering Tax Center can answer any questions you have about reporting your bartering deals on your taxes.  Forbes gives a great overview if you need a primer about taxes and barter.