I too would like to see balloon distractions charging more. But I just dont know of many restaurants that are willing to pay that. There are some locations that are canceling becuase the can't afford the $45 a shift and they are seeing it as just more overhead.
I dont want anyone here to think that I signed onto these forums to talk about BD. I signed on for the community, to learn, and to share. I think I have begun to make more posts in this thread than any other lol. There is alot of he said she said on this topic so im going to copy and past the compensation manual on how the money is distributed. Take it any way you want, as positive, just, demeaning, or even Marxist. There are 3 sides to every conflict with 2 parties. 1 for each side, then fact.
Here is the compensation manual...
Balloon Distractions, Inc. Compensation:
Updated MAY, 2009
All of the information in this document makes null and void any and all previous compensation agreements between Balloon Distractions and all Independent Contractors on the team.
All trainer and sales compensation will be processed no sooner than 30 days after the last day of the month being compensated: The July bonus would be paid out the first week in September, August bonuses go out the first week in October, and so on. This is done because the restaurants pay Balloon Distractions (on average) about 45 days after they receive the invoice on any given month.
If you did not qualify for a compensation bonus on any given month because you were inactive you will still receive a notice detailing why you did not qualify. If for any reason you feel there has been an error in your compensation please contact me right away.
Every trainer, salesperson and regional manager is required to email in a monthly progress report based upon questions asked in the NOTES section featured at the top of the internet scheduling page. (BalloonDistractions.com/xsched/)
These questions are normally short and sweet and require a quick email to answer. We believe that taking a couple moments to assess your progress at the end of each month will help you focus on your strengths, your weaknesses and where you need to concentrate your efforts in the coming month. These reports also allow us to communicate with all of our movers and shakers on a regular basis.
Active versus Inactive :::::::::::
To get your full monthly bonus you must do ONE of the following:
#1. Personally fill 10 restaurant gigs per month with zero complaints.
#2. Sell 1 new restaurant per month ( deal must be closed and on the schedule).
#3. Add 1 new artist, artist must fill 2 gigs with no complaints within that specific bonus month.
Regional Directors are exempt from the active / inactive requirement, the Regional Directors role is to grow the region while at the same time making sure that all the gigs in the region get filled every week.
Your monthly bonus will be forfeit if you do a NO CALL / NO SHOW on any scheduled gig, as a Trainer, Salesperson, or Regional Director in the company you have an obligation to fill all of your scheduled gigs. You are are getting a profit-share check, therefore you are being held to a higher standard.
You will receive $10 per (complaint free) gig filled by a twister that you have trained as long as you have been active within that month.
For areas that have 8 or less gigs per week that requirement drops to 6 gigs per month. If the area in which you are living has eight or more gigs per week that means you have at least 32 opportunities to fill gigs within that month.
If you personally fill 4 or less gigs per month and you do not add a new artist or a new restaurant you will forfeit your full bonus for that month, if in the following month you become active again you will qualify for any and all bonuses owed to you.
If you personally fill between 5 and 10 gigs per month:
Your bonus will be pro-rated accordingly:
5 gigs= 50% of the full bonus
8 gigs= 80% of the full bonus, and so forth.
For every new restaurant that you sell this idea to you will get paid $15 per gig filled (complaint free) if you personally fill 10 gigs per month or add one new restaurant per month.
The sales professional that schedules the try-out with the new client gets the sales commission, even if another artist does the try-out. If two salespeople have approached the same store the commission always goes to the sales person that secures the try-out.
The restaurant info must be added into the scheduling computer accurately: correct street address, zip code, full name of the GM, etc.
If the restaurant is SLOW (beyond 60 days) in paying their invoice Balloon Distractins will hold back the commission on that specific client until the past due invoices get paid.
One of the main reasons that restaurants are slow to pay is that the salesperson puts th WRONG ADDRESS into the computer and the client never gets the invoice.
PLEASE put the correct information into the computer when you sell a new place !!
Regional Leader Compensation:
As our organization grows we have identified a need for regional leaders around the United States. The regional leader has FOUR main duties:
#1. Sell restaurants when needed.
#2. Train new staff as needed.
#3. Train TRAINERS to help in our expansion. (If you recruit a trainer who then goes on to build a crew you will make $5 whenever that recruit’s crew fills one gig with no complaints.)
#4. Make sure that all the scheduled gigs in their respective region are filled, either by calling existing staff or training new staff to pick up the slack.
Regional Leaders are EXEMPT from the active / inactive requirements as long as all the gigs are filled every week in their region.
Average gigs per week in your region: Monthly Regional Leader Bonus:
This is in addition to your sales and trainer commissions.
DESERTION : If ANY member of the team does not fill a gig, train a new artist or sell a restaurant within a 30 day window we will take you off the team automatically. The only exception to this is for medical reason in which case there needs to be paper verification from our doctor to document the reason for your medical absence.
If you quit without giving the company 2 weeks prior WRITTEN notice you will forfeit any and all bonuses owed to you. If you return to the company after resigning your crew bonus will NOT be restored to you. If you decide to quit by not showing up for a scheduled gig all your bonuses will be forfeit. If you have any questions please call or email my office:
(Phone number removed by poster)