Do-it-yourself projects have grown tremendously in popularity with the increased coverage cable television provides. Reality shows about building cars and motorcycles from the ground up, how-to tech programming, and home design shows all highlight ways to build or repair a variety of items on your own. DIY projects are great on several fronts. They allow you to put your skills to good use. They (possibly) cut down on the costs of projects by eliminating the labor component. They allow for the learning of new skills. In general DIY projects can be very beneficial. There are times, however, when doing thing yourself can be detrimental and possibly have terrible consequences.
Financial Times reported that Iran and China were working on an oil barter deal. The Wall Street Journal ran an article on restaurants accepting and using barter credits in their businesses. Fox Business ran an article on health care options being offered on barter exchanges. Entrepreneur Magazine published an article on barter helping to reduce entrepreneurial start-up costs. Now, if major news and information resources such as these are covering a topic, and entire countries are trying out a particular system of commerce, then it just might be worth looking into for your small business.