Steps to Transition From Hobby to Balloon Business

Steps to Transition From Hobby to Balloon Business

Welcome to the wonderful world of balloons! One of the top questions I hear from those new to the industry as Balloon Coach is “how do I become a real business?” If you want to create income or already are getting paid for your services, take time RIGHT NOW and click the link below to read these important tips from the SBA! Small Business Administration is a great resource! Many people get so excited about creating the balloon decor and thrilled that people are willing to pay them for what they are doing, that they don’t take time to look into all the steps of creating the business! Many times local chapters of the SBA hold seminars and training to help you get started and connect you with local resources. Another great resource for local business mentors to get an understanding of the expectation of a business owner in your city and state is Score.org If you know what you would like your business name to be, I encourage you to go to Godaddy.com or another resource to search and see if the name you want to use is available as a .com. If you do .biz, .org etc then someone else already has your name as a .com and people may end up on their website rather than yours. Before you BUY the name, go to register your DBA and see if the name you want is already taken by someone else. More information on how to register is in the SBA link above! Other steps to take as you become a balloon business: *Business license *Resale License to buy balloons wholesale *Collect Sales tax and remit to the state monthly or quarterly depending on your sales and state laws *Liability Insurance *Possible Commercial insurance for your vehicle *Inflation Equipment *Purchase balloons and products from Balloon Wholesalers.     Check out this blog for those resources.   bc coaching works!If this process seems a bit much for you to take in and you would like help creating your business plan, marketing and a place to problem solve with other balloon professionals check out the resources to grow your business visit BalloonCoach.com, click on Mastermind to check our our group coaching program and online training giving you support from a Balloon Professional who has been in the industry full time since 2003. Contact me directly with any questions Joette@ballooncoach.com We can arrange one to one coaching if needed to go over your business strategy. Balloon Boss Mastermind gives you access to over $2,500 of online training at your finger tips 24/7  for just $97 a month.   Balloon Boss Mastermind members have a private discussion group to share tips, successes and problem solve situations! Plus our live Balloon Boss Mastermind call the 1st Monday of each month and continued support. If you don’t feel you need our group coaching support but would  like getting perspective from successful business around the world – Sign up now for our Webinars! BalloonCoach.com  at just $47 a month, while an active subscriber you get access to all the past replays since Sept 2015 from over 40 different instructors around the world sharing their tips and hints to help you save time and money as you grow your business.   To check out a FREE mini webinar on gaining schools as a client, click on this link for a 25 minute replay with some of my tips on Marketing to Schools. School Spirit, Homecoming and Prom No matter what stage you are in with your business, gaining insight from others who are in the balloon business allows you to get on the path to success quicker. I look forward to supporting you as you grow your Thriving Balloon Business! Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1         Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonCoach.com Join our Facebook Group Balloon Coach Community  

This Balloon Professional “Stepped Up Her Game”

During Closing remarks at FLOAT 2015, in St Louis Missouri, Steven Jones the executive Producer of FLOAT stated “Step Up Your Game” Many of the balloon professionals took his message to heart and are meeting and exceeding their goals! Carolyn Truby, CBA posted some exciting news recently so I asked her for an interview to find out what she attributes her current success to. I asked her to share a little bit about herself and business.
Carolyn Truby, CBA
Carolyn Truby, CBA
I’m a perfectionist being an accountant and lawyer, so I held back thinking I didnt know enough or wasnt good enough. Once I decided to ignore the doubts I was able to excel. Confidence is the key. I work full time as Director of Finance at Victory Christian Church International in Gaithersburg, Md. I live in Germantown, MD. Business name is Tru-B-loons Event and Party Decor. I have been in business for 4 years.   What made you “step up your game?” It was a combination but more importantly for me it was believing in myself. FLOAT increased my confidence and added to my faith that I am on the right path for me, I just moved forward, as I did opportunities came. I also decided to make it a priority. Even though I still work a full time job, I dedicated time and money for education, maintaining my website, books, and social media. I pushed fear of the unknown out of the way and went for it. I also made great connections and communicated with people to learn and share info. Carolyn made a post on Facebook with photos from an event: I wanted to share that I am still steppin’ up my game. I learned how to trace a logo with my cameo sihlouette. It came out very well and the client was very pleased with their customized column toppers. While I’m grateful for all jobs, I am especially grateful for my last several jobs that have paid more than $1k and some more than $2k. Education is worth it, people. Invest in yourself. ‪#‎stepupyourgame‬   I’d like to publicly thank Rachel Porter. I watched her YouTube videos and purchased some of her files to learn Publisher to create my proposals. I believe it made a world of difference in the level of professionalism that I presented to this new client. Here is a sample of the proposals that I was able to create having never used Publisher before. I am so psyched! BC carolyn proposal columns               BC Carolyn Helium                   bc carolyn latex columns Thanks Carolyn for sharing your story! If you would like to learn more about Publisher, see my past Blog with Links to Rachel Porters videos and inexpensive Publisher templates. 5 Tips to Professional Quotes           If you are one of the people who feels like you are all on your own and would like someone to help you put your plan for success in place and hold you accountable for increasing your sales contacts go to BalloonCoach.com click on Coaching to view our Elite, One to One and Group coaching options to see which work best to meet your needs. bc coaching works!   I started coaching officially in August, 2015 and I love seeing the steps my clients are making. I celebrate each success with them! For as little as $75 a month you can have 2 sessions a month and a private chat group to ask questions, gain support and share success! FOR individual, personal attention join our Elite or One to One program – limited spots available! BONUS All One to One and ELITE members get access to All the previous, and current Paid Classes IE David Mahoney – Profits, Problemss and One companies Process to Success, Upcoming Class with Balloons by Tommy! Our Monthly Guest Speaker Web classes are one and a half hours, full of Business info to help you increase your profits, and business skills. A wonderful value at only $25 each if you pay individually and are available for REPLAY only to those who pay in advance to class to then LOG IN and watch any time that is best for you. Pay NOW – Watch Later! To view the current Classes open for registration visit Balloon Coach Projects and Webinars To keep Up to Date on New Webinars – and programs check out BalloonCoach on Facebook on a weekly basis! Are YOU ready to Step Up Your Game? I look forward to hearing all about your successes!   Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1         Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonBossPro.com

Balloon Business or Balloon Hobby?

When talking with people who are in the transition of taking their Love for Balloons from a Hobby to a Business one of the top questions is “how do I become a real business?” IF you want to create income or already getting paid for your services take time RIGHT NOW and click the link below to read these important tips from the SBA! Small Business Administration is a great resource! Many people get so excited about creating the balloon decor and thrilled people are willing to pay them for what they are doing…they don’t take time to look into all the steps of creating the business! For those who are new to the industry and you have thought of a business name I’d encourage you to go to Godaddy.com or another resource to search and see if the Name you want to use is available as a .com. If you do .biz, .org etc then someone else already has your name as a .com and people may end up on their website rather than yours. Before you BUY the name, go to Register your DBA and see if the name you want is already taken by someone else –More information on how to register is in the SBA link above!   bc coaching works!If this process seems a bit much for you to take in and you would like help creating your Business plan or finding other resources to grow your business visit BalloonCoach.com, click on Coaching and check out my One to One and Elite Coaching programs. These individualized programs will walk through the steps with you to get your business up and running on the right path! OR if you are wanting to Strengthen what you already have in place and increase sales we can help you build the confidence you need to sell like a Pro! Contact me directly with any questions Joette@ballooncoach.com   If One to One coaching is not for you but you would like a little support and direction then our Group coaching program, Balloon Boss Mastermind gives you access to over $2,500 of online training at your finger tips 24/7 and then we have a private discussion group to share tips, successes and problem solve situations! Plus our live Balloon Boss Mastermind call the 1st Monday of each month and continued support. If you like getting perspective from successful business around the world – Sign up now for our Webinars! Balloon Boss Pro click on Webinars then choose the current webinar! Just $25 for an hour and half class, offered monthly! Pay Now – Watch Later…even if you can’t make the Live event….buy now to have access to the Replay of the event in you private login attached to your payment! To check out a Free mini webinar on gaining schools as a client, click on this link for a 25 minute replay with some of my tips on Marketing to Schools. School Spirit, Homecoming and Prom No matter what stage you are in with your business, gaining insight from others who are in the balloon business, creating income for their family always helps with tips you can use to take Your Business to New Heights! Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1         Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take Your Business to New Heights! Balloon Boss Pro         

Step out from fear of NO…they might just say YES!!!

Balloon decor by Caity Jones, inspired by Lisa Talip Wow! I am so excited to share this interview with you. Last night while online I saw that Caity Jones Cba, Spiral Spirit Balloon Company based in Washington, DC. had posted a photo of the column she made for McDonald’s inspired by a post on Facebook by Lisa Talip, CBA several weeks ago. The I’m Lovin’ It columns were originally designed and made as a promotion at the Corporate Offices near Lisa in Chicago to promote the upcoming Oct 6th USA launch of All Day Breakfast. bc McD in work area                 Lisa suggested people approach their local stores and go for the sale. I wrote a blog about Lisa’s idea and encouraged everyone to get out and make a sales call. I know several balloon artist around the US who had made flyers, went to their McDonald’s and faced these objections: NO, we are not Interested We don’t allow soliciting we won’t even look at your flyer. We have a Agency that handles all marketing. Not interested. I started thinking, who is going to be the first to get a YES? I was so excited last night to see that someone had success with their sales call and I wanted to know how she got the YES! So I messaged Caity and asked, is that photo a sample or did you get someone to buy it? I actually got 2 franchises!! I got on the highway and stopped at 10 McD’s (half the stack of fliers I had printed). One franchisee called after her employee handed over my flier and card. She owns 5 stores and wanted something in all of them. I think the clincher was the ability to brand- putting her management company’s logo on half the decor. The other one I called the franchise office, asked for marketing, and gave an elevator pitch ending with a, “What’s your email address? I’ll send over the flier.” Their response was more unusual- they weren’t really interested in the all-day decor, but are doing a TV spot with the local news regarding free breakfast for K-8 grade and wanted something festive in the background. That’s what I’m delivering tomorrow- the pic. Incidentally, the marketing manager is planning a party for her granddaughter and wants me for that too! The other franchise could not have cared less about my call and email! I didn’t hear a word. One thing I noticed was that the large (pending, though she’s already talking Christmas) order were all new or remolded stores with attention to landscaping, etc. That seems to be an indicator of the franchisee’s willingness to spend $$ on marketing, deco, etc. HOW exciting is that! Did everyone say YES…NO..but she did get a yes!   I then asked Caity if it would be ok to share her experience in my blog for others to learn from. I loved her response as we think with the same mindset. Please, by all means, share! I live with abundance mentality and rest on the shoulders of giants who have shared their experience and knowledge!
Making sales calls is soooooo far out of my comfort zone. It was a paralyzing fear I had and still struggle with. I think the enormity of McD actually made it less intimidating. So what if nothing happened? I could chalk it up to getting lost in the fray of a giant corporation. I thought $8 on printing nice quality fliers and a tank of gas was a very reasonable investment to take the sales plunge and get over myself. In the week and a half since I made the trip, I’ve printed up two more niche fliers and will get out there with my branded polo and smile. They might say no, but they might say YES! I’m up for the challenge of educating my ideal clients on the value of balloon decor. THANK YOU Caity for sharing your experience. THIS is what BalloonBossPro.com is all about. I am a person who loves our industry and wants to see other’s succeed. The Balloon Coach blog is a way to share Tips and Hints from all of the balloon industry to help YOU take Your Business to New Heights! If Caity can do it…you can do it! It does not have to be McDonald’s that you target. Take a minute now, pull out your calendar or a notebook and write 5 target clients you have thought about approaching and have not. Now next step is develop a plan, a flyer, an email, SOMETHING and take action and follow up. Not sure how to make the next step…check out Coaching packages I offer custom one to one and elite coaching packages, and group coaching to help you develop the plan and cheer you along the way! If you have questions email Joette@ballooncoach.com or reach out to me on Balloon Coach on Facebook please take a minute to LIKE my page! While on BalloonCoach.com check out Projects and Classes to see the next online training available. Webclasses available for ANYONE in the World – no Excuses..Invest in Yourself! I have Invested in our Industry. My Mission is for our Industry to grow strong and bold Together! We do that by building (sometime rebuilding) a strong business plan and moving forward with the tools you need for success! MY RECENT EXPERIENCE WITH FEAR I stepped out from my FEAR, and launched a couching business -Balloon Coach! A dream I have developed over 5 years! I have been so blessed with the responses from what I’m building that just yesterday I invested in top of the line software to be able to create all the training modules and tools that I have been dreaming of! It was scary…it’s a Big Investment. But I was able to move past the fear and see how over time it will give me the tools to be more efficient with my time and be able to serve more people. I had DREAMED about getting the program back in January, but was AFRAID I would not have enough clients to cover the overhead. So I purchased technology that was “put together on a budget”, and get the job done – but not to the level of excellence that I want for Balloon Coach and our Industry. I’m so excited that I have moved pass the fear and can’t wait to share the new tools with you before the end of 2015! It reminds me of when I purchased my Conwin Equipment, I could not imagine running a full time business without my Precision Air and Dual Split sizer. They were investments, but save me time, and time is money. To take your business to the next level it’s KEY to have a plan so you don’t just go buy things you don’t need. I’m not saying spend without a plan. (The Plan is KEY to success!) As I make my sales calls I’m prepared, some of you will say, NO, not interested in your training. However I will continue to make sales calls as I’m here building this resource for those of you that say YES! Just as Caity had some No’s…she got more than one YES!! STEP OUT OF FEAR! Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1       Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonBossPro.com

Balloon Business Education: What’s my Best next Step? Part 2 of 3

You are visiting this blog because you either have a current balloon business and would like to figure out how to increase your earning potential. Or you have caught the Balloon Bug and would love to figure out how to create an income from your passion! BalloonBossPro.com was founded with the Mission to be a resource and provide support to Balloon Professionals of all levels through Business Coaching, Webinars, creative new learning methods and lists of resources to assist the Industry to Grow to the Next Level. In today’s Blog I will share several of the Education Opportunities available in the United states, and online open to anyone around the world! Please know I’m not suggesting that you attend all the training’s, but instead you should research your options and see what fits your Goals and life situation the best!   Online resources Balloon Coach BC Joette Large lime Profie                 Put us in your Favorites, to refer to our weekly Free Blog with business tips. Webinar’s and Projects to see the next webinar available. September 22, 9pm -10:30 pm EST David Mahoney, of Balloons Everyday, will share “Profits, Problems, and one company’s process to Success! You do not want to miss Davids Dynamic training! You will leave pumped up and ready to sell more balloons! Online Webinars can be attended by anyone in the world, each paid registration comes with a replay function after the event to all who register Prior to the Class, so do not worry if you cannot join the call live – you will still be able to access the class. Class fee just $25! Register Now! Business Coaching is available on a One to One basis for 3 hours a month or Elite package with 2 hours of support a week for ultimate support. Group Coaching offers you a community of your peers to meet with twice a month and support through online chat group.   IF you are New to Balloon Decorating, I encourage you to attend a hands on in depth training course. There is nothing like putting your hands on the balloons, and learning by creating decor! Research the options and decide what is the best fit for you! Each companies website provides you with a bio of the instructors, their accomplishments in the industry and a listing of the upcoming classes. Balloon School Programs Programs are listed in chronological order, with the school serving students for the most years first. Learn Balloon Decorating is based in Tampa, Florida, run by Linda Kiss. Event Decorating Academy is based in Hollywood, Florida, run by Carmen Ballering. Balloon Training Institute is based in Gatlinburg Tennessee, run by Ben Rines.   Balloon Decor Training Online: Balloon Click by Ken Stillman offers a wide array of services and tutorials. DanteLonghi.com by Dante Longhi PDF and video instruction for balloon designs.   Business Training Online: Balloon Expert School Sandi Masori, an Online Business Bootcamp.   Resources from Manufactures and Convention Producers: Thank you Jan Iams, Education Director, Betallic for the following information. What Website can balloon decorators use to find inspiration and recipes?
Betallic.com click on bgallery and from there you can search and sort all of the online step-by-step designs. You will need to register but it’s free. It asks for a tax ID number in registration to avoid the public from viewing professional resources.
How do we find classes sponsored by Betallic?
Betallic.com home page there is a link with a drop down marked EVENTS.
What other ways can people learn from Betallic?
We have YouTube videos that are helpful to beginners but fun to watch. Just click the youtube icon on our home page to view them. Also, we Instagram educational events as they are happening so people who didn’t attend can see what they missed, but they don’t give away all the class instruction.
 
Upcoming events from Steven Jones, Producer of FLOAT
FLOAT Producer Steven Jones has a Love To Link tour hitting several US cities Sept – November. What is special about the LOVE 2 LINK Tour? In my dealings with other industry professionals over the years, it seems like the number one thing people want out of classes is to learn things that will expand their business. Sure, it’s fun to learn a cute technique or trick, but at the end of the day, people want a return on their investment of their time and money invested in the class. The LOVE 2 LINK Tour is all about that return. While I am focusing on creating a lot of new pieces that I’ve never presented before, I am also trying to keep them grounded “in the real world” so to speak. You know, things people can actually use at their events or sell to clients. In addition, it’s really important to me that my colleagues leave the class at the end of the day with both recipes AND skills. Recipes are great, but anyone can follow a recipe. I would like people to leave my class with skills where they can go back home and design their OWN pieces, so they ultimately become less reliant on others. And one last added bonus. Because the tour is about linking balloons, I’m really pleased that both major manufacturers will be featured in the class. Both Qualatex and Betallic have agreed to provide product for my classes, so just like at FLOAT, people will get the chance to see a variety of tools in action so they can decide for themselves which they would prefer to use. Why should people register for FLOAT 2017 now? One of the biggest factors that returning people love about FLOAT is it’s intimate size. We limit the number of attendees to only 300 in an effort to focus on class quality as opposed to a body count. This isn’t intended to insult other conventions with a larger draw; we just feel that a smaller enrollment means better one-on-one interaction between students and teachers. With that being said, FLOAT 2017 already has nearly 180 people registered…180 of the 300 available spots are gone….this means we’re over halfway sold out already and we’re still well over a year away. FLOAT 2017 WILL sell out, and when it does the registration page will be closed off. So it’s absolutely in your best interest to get your spot reserved now if you’re even considering joining us in St. Louis in January 2017.   I asked Susan Fleming, Education Development Manager for Pioneer Balloon Company to answer some of the questions I hear from time to time. What are the steps someone needs to take to have access to the QBN private info on the web? This answer is two-fold. First, if someone is a QBN member but doesn’t know how to access the private information because they do not know their number, etc., they can simply email QBN@qualatex.com or call 888-496-8235. If someone is interested in joining the Qualatex Balloon Network, they can purchase the kit by sending the order form (www.qualatex.com/downloads/proresource_order.pdf) to QBN@qualatex.com, call 888-496-8235, or purchase through participating distributors. The current Qualatex tour seems to be a hit – how do people sign up for the US Tour? The response to the tour has been overwhelming! I love hearing all of the amazing stories from people about how the classes have already helped their businesses. It is thrilling to realize how much we are impacting people in a positive way. The starting point for registering for any of the remaining stops would be to visit www.qualatex.com/ustour.php. From there, people can click on the city closest to them to find a “Register Now” button that takes them to a 3rd party registration site. What is Special about this tour? Wow, where to start? There are SO MANY special things about this tour! I think the best way to touch on all of the key points is to do a bullet list.
  • Combining teaching teams of US & international instructors makes the classes dynamic and exciting. You are able to get ideas and input from an entirely different market (Europe) while also relating it back to the US market.
  • Each class comes with a couple amazing perks: a full-color class handbook & professional photos of some of the designs taught in class.
  • We have made it easy to order product for designs taught by supplying a product list in the back of each handbook.
  • Every class is truly valuable for every skill level. We have had dozens of advanced decorators AND new balloon professionals say that they learned more in these classes than any other class they have ever attended. While a few of the designs may be more basic for advanced professionals, the tips and tricks shared throughout the day have the power to completely revitalize your business. It was important for us to be able to provide something that did not exclude any skill level, as we always want to reach the most people possible.
  • In addition to appealing to multiple skill levels, we have worked to cover a variety of topics throughout the duration of the tour & spread those classes across the country to widen our reach as much as possible.
  • In summation, every detail of this tour has been thought out and considered with deep care in order to maximize its impact on the industry. Though there is always room for improvement in any situation, our team has worked tirelessly to provide a superior Qualatex experience with the Tour, and no detail has been overlooked – from start to finish!
How do people access information on Qualatex events outside of the US Qualatex events can be found online at www.qualatex.com/balloons/shows_and_events.php ORwww.thequalatexevent.com/section/3/1/qualatex_balloon_training in Europe. What Tips do you have for people to be Ready for Registration for WBC? My number one tip is to check out the schedule online at Worldballoonconvention.com/classes.php and choose all of the your classes before registration so it won’t take so long during the registration process. I know last year it was a long process with a survey ahead of time, and then signing up for all classes as I filled out the registration – the survey has been shortened considerably Are people able to change classes after initial registration? Yes, you can change your schedule up until the week before the event. Will some classes “sell out” with limited seating in the classrooms? Yes, there is a set capacity for all of the classes. However, most class sizes are larger than previous years. How do people find out if there is a QBN chapter in their area? A full listing of QBN chapters can be found online at www.qualatex.com/pages/qbnchapters.php If there is some other fun fact you would like to share? I cannot stress how phenomenal WBC16 is going to be! Our planning team has been working incredibly hard to make it the best World Balloon ever, and I’m confident that we’re going to achieve that goal. We have some huge surprises in store for attendees, and you should just take my word for it on this one: you DO NOT want to miss this event! I also want to point out that at WBC16, the class handbook is INCLUDED in the price of registration. Not only that, but for the first time, it will be FULL COLOR! BC WBC 2016 sponsor tall     BalloonCoach.com is proud to be an official sponsor for WBC 2016 and look forward to meeting many of you in person in classes, during the socials and in the Vendor room on Friday.   Networking with balloon professionals from around the world is always a wonderful experience!     As you can see above the Balloon Industry offers a lot of training! And I have not even started the long list of conventions and classes outside of the United States, that topic will be covered in Part 3 of this series! No mater what training you choose to Invest in the KEY to SUCCESS is to Apply the concepts you learn and create a solid customer base! Creating a Full Time Living from Balloon Decor takes Time, Money, Business Practices and a LOT OF WORK! BalloonBossPro.com is here to support you along the way. Professional Athletes and Top Business Executives hire coaches to help them reach their goals – Now YOU as a Balloon Professional have a Business Coach with Knowledge and success in the industry to help you set your game plan, and cheer you on your journey to success!   Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1       Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonBossPro.com   Email Joette@ballooncoach.com    

Balloon Business Education: What’s my best next step? Part 1 of 3

Ongoing education has been very beneficial to me in the growth of my balloon business since 2003. No matter if you are brand new or a veteran with 20 plus years in the balloon industry, staying current and learning from others is priceless! I am often asked, “what convention should I go to?” I am now asked, “Is business coaching right for me and my situation?” Over the next 3 blogs, I’m going to share some tips on choosing the right training for you and provide resources for you to locate education opportunities. What I have gained from attending conventions and classes:
  1. Hands on experience building decor pieces to gain the confidence and skill to create new decor for my clients.
  2. Photos of items that I helped create to share with my clients and be able to say with confidence that I can create it for them.
  3. Tips and Hints, even after being in the industry for 12 years, when I sit in a basic class, I learn something from the instructor. Everyone has different techniques they use, phrases they use to sell designs, and unique processes that I can apply to my business.
  4. Built a large network of balloon professionals, that I now call friends whom I can contact for support and encouragement. (when your family and friends have NO desire to hear about your crazy client or the amazing idea you want to share with a client – a fellow balloon friend can understand!)
  5. Each time I’m surrounded by amazing people in the industry, my passion and love for our industry grows!
What you do NOT get from attending Conventions and Classes:
  1. Someone to do the work for you.
  2. A total understanding of all the procedures and time it takes to run and grow a business.
  3. Instant clients
  4. Instant skills in salesmanship
  5. Guaranteed return on investment.
Why did I post the second list? I want to be straight forward. IF YOU are not willing to work hard after your return from education and INVEST time and money in your business, then you have thrown your money away! My Passion and Mission with BalloonBossPro.com is to provide an online resource to assist YOU in Taking Your Business to New Heights! I now provide One to One and Group coaching to help mentor and motivate those who want direction on their business journey. No one can do the work for you. You have to commit to be the CHANGE you want to see in your business! Roadblocks people have shared with me when asked if attending balloon education. “I don’t have money for training” “I work a full time job outside of balloons and can’t get time off from work” “I have young children that I can’t leave for a day or a week of training” “I live too far away from training and travel expense is too high” “I am the caregiver for my spouse or parents and am unable to leave for a week long event” IF you are one of the people in a category above – BalloonCoach.com is a support service that is perfect for you! BalloonCoach is a LIVE ONLINE support program. One to One and Elite packages offer you individualized, custom plans, and support from the comfort of your home or office. Business coaching provides you with an outside perspective on your business and assists you in putting a plan of action together to take Your Business to New Heights! Group Coaching provides a support system with online coaching twice a month to help motivate and point you in the right direction for growth. web classes focus on the business aspect of your balloon business. Our industry is full of one day, two day and week-long training programs and conventions to teach you the details of building balloon decor and creating amazing designs. Balloon Coach was founded to fill in the gaps with resources that focus on Branding, Marketing, and Building your client base which are procedures for Success! Make a PLAN: What are your goals for your business? Do you feel strongly that you wish to grow your income from balloons? Are YOU willing to WORK HARD and make sacrifices to build your company? Are you ready to make changes NOW to grow your business? If you answered yes to any of the 3 questions above:
  1. Do your research and see what class or convention you want to attend.
  2. Figure out the expenses for travel, class and child care or other things you would need to put in place.
  3. Create a Budget – how much money you wish to earn and save each month to get to your education.
  4. Set your pricing on your decor to build your training fund.
The internet is FULL of videos of how to make decor. A missing link is how to Build your Business and Grow your Sales income! If you need assistance in that area, check out BalloonCoach.com for our Free Blog, Coaching packages, and Webclasses! Upcoming Webclass with Guest Speaker David Mahoney. Open to anyone in the world! Live 9 pm EST Sept 22, 2015. All who register by 11:59 pm EST September 14th will be registered to win a free Consultation with David Mahoney, followed by a coaching session by Joette! Winner of the drawing will be announced Sept 15th!
Marlee, Joete and Brian Giardina, Rock Star Party WBC 2014
Marlee, Joete and Brian Giardina, Rock Star Party WBC 2014
World Balloon Convention April 6 – 10 2016 has a great savings plan broken down for you on their registration page World Balloon Convention Registration opens on September 15th. Print the schedule out in advance and decide which classes you want to register for as it’s part of the registration process. Some classes do have limited seating. You are allowed to make changes to your classes prior to the convention.
  1. Qualatex invests a lot into this convention to provide over the top evening parties and brings in teachers from around the world.
  2. International attendees
  3. Large competitions, wonderful to see all of the different techniques from around the world.
  4. Meet and interact with Qualatex staff
  5. It’s in New Orleans!
FLOAT 2015 Arch by David Mahoney
FLOAT 2015 Arch by David Mahoney
  1. This convention is directed by a talented balloon designer, Steven Jones. It’s a convention from someone in the industry for the industry! The Focus of FLOAT is advanced classes.
  2. 300 people limit (over half of the spots are already taken) So you truly feel a part of the FLOAT Family!
  3. Multiple balloon manufactures sponsor FLOAT so you get to interact with the best instructors from all of the different companies.
  4. Variety of competitions so you can jump in and do your best to become an award winning designer!
  5. It’s in St. Louis, Missouri – easy flights from anywhere in the world. Free shuttle from airport to hotel.
If you would like One to One or Group coaching to have support and get on the right plan to save money for upcoming conventions or would prefer support throughout the year, check out our options at BalloonBossPro.com. Any questions? Email me. joette@ballooncoach.com Part 2 of my Education Blog will list more classes and conventions available throughout the world. Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1 Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker.

Take Action Now – Make the Sales Call!

Since I started Balloon coach I have heard too many people say they are not making the $$$$ they want. Many are not getting out and Making sales calls….SO NOW IS THE TIME to PRACTICE your sales skills! I was thinking last night about Lisa Talip, owner A Balloon Creation in IL, Wonderful Post on Balloon Friends Facebook page on the McDonald’s Column she did for the All Day Breakfast Promotion test in Chicago. The Nationwide launch for the US is scheduled for October 6, 2015! Some stores are already offering this – so DO NOT DELAY — ACT today!
original design by Lisa Talip, A Balloon Creation
original design by Lisa Talip, A Balloon Creation
                    To all balloon artists interested in the 8′ McDonald’s “ALL DAY BREAKFAST!” columns that A Balloon Creation, Inc. recently posted on Balloon Friends — the following is the information for the package that is being offered for purchase to create these fun columns. Lisa L. Talip, C.B.A. – A Balloon Creation, Inc. and Randy Zacks and Sally Dunn ofBaLLOONiacs.com – are working together to offer these to you. Each kit will include the following: 5″ round (10) goldenrod and (14) white latex, 11″ (5) white and (5) goldenrod latex, (2) 16″ white GEO Blossoms, (4) 6″ white GEO Blossoms, (2) Pieces of Vinyl “Eggs”, (2) Pieces of Vinyl “Bacon”, (2) 36″ Imprinted goldenrod latex balloons with “ALL DAY BREAKFAST!” wording and an outline of the McDonald’s Arch, (6) goldenrod 260Q’s to cover the 5′ of 1/2″ conduit required. The cost of McDonald’s “ALL DAY BREAKFAST!” packet is $39.00, which includes a basic, flat-rate shipping within 2-3 days. Orders should be placed through the BaLLOONiacs.com website – click on “Contact Us” section and send us an email indicating how many kits you need and your shipping instructions. Once we receive your inquiry, we will call you back to get your payment (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or AMEX)
Each packet will make (1) column only; however there are extra balloons in each packet for back up. If you order multiple packets, shipping will vary based on the weight of the package. Also, if expedited shipping is needed, there will be an additional charge. Orders are being taken now and end of ordering is September 20, 2015. Orders will be shipped so you will receive your packets on or before October 1, 2015. We have been informed that McDonald’s will begin their national advertising on October 6, 2015. If you have any additional questions, please contact Lisa Talip at a_balloon_creation@yahoo.com or phone at 630/892-4053 or Sally Dunn at sally@ballooniacs.com or phone at 614/306-3351. Make them say they’re “Lovin’ It!” Thanks! Lisa, Sally and Randy
  IF you are one of the people who have been saying “my phones not ringing” I’m not making the $$$ THIS is your opportunity to hit up a Corporate Client…It’s the Perfect reason to head in the door of your local McDonald’s BE PREPARED 1- Go during a NON rush time 2 – Ask to speak to a Manager 3- Take the photo of what Lisa Talip Made (stating an associate in Chicago created this design that you can recreate) (Side note NEVER post someone elses work on your Blog or website without Giving credit to the Artist and Person who created it. I’m suggesting print out the photo as an inspiration piece to share with target client or create other items you would like to propose along with other items you think may work well in their location. 4. Plan in advance what you will charge for the Exact things you are proposing 5- Take your business Card 6- Dress like a Professional business person: – Your company LOGO Polo, shirt , Slacks. If you do not have a nice logo shirt then wear a nice Polo, button down shirt or blouse. 7 – Put a huge smile on your face, stand tall and shoulder back. 8 – Speak with confidence that you are offering them a creative and Perfect way to promote their new service. 9 – Have ideas of items you could hang from the ceiling with Magnets if they have drop ceilings – the large white Geo with yellow 5 inch and a piece of bacon – or with McDonald’s bag or cup would look great! Even Helium filled Goldenrod and white balloons would be fun and put the weight into their coffee cup or bag. Or Goldenrod and white topiary’s from the ceiling if drop ceilings – have OPTIONS and pricing ready!
NO EXCUSES!!! If “you don’t have time to go in person” PICK UP THE PHONE!!! Call them! In person is best…but a Phone call is better than not taking action! OCT 6th is the official date – but some stores are doing it now so they may want the balloon ASAP!!! GET your stuff together and GET to your Local McDonalds!!! Worse thing that happens is they say NO — you then ask if they would like decorations for Christmas – or other promotions. You thank them for their time and you you pat yourself on the back for GETTING out and making a sales call! IF you need help preparing for this type of cold call – that’s what Coaching is all about!!! Check out our One to one and group coaching plans to help Motivate you and help you with a road map to success! Email Joette@ballooncoach.com me for more info! Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1         Joette Giardina, CBA Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonBossPro.com  

Meet Sue Bowler, Creator of The Very Best Balloon Blog

One of my goals with BalloonCoach.com is to create an Online Community for Balloon Professionals around the world to be able to easily locate training, resources and support to take YOUR Business to New Heights! No matter if you are new to the industry or have been earning money from balloons for over 25 years, one key to continued success is to stay current in the industry. The Very Best Balloon Blog is a resource I enjoy turning to often, with over 200 blog posts, and a search feature that makes it easy to find the topic you are looking for. I had the pleasure of interviewing Sue Bowler, CBA, a social media columnist for Qualatex to find out a little more about the person behind one of my favorite blogs.
Sue Bowler
Sue Bowler
                  What did you do before entering the “world” of balloons? I am one of those people who does not change their jobs often. Primarily, you could say that I have always been an instructor! I got my first training instructor job at the age of 19 for a large retail store and pretty much worked for the same company until I left to have my first daughter. How were you introduced to the balloon world? After my first daughter was born, I was looking to find something that I could do that would fit in with being a mother and working from home. I saw an advert for ‘talking balloons’, these were plastic strips that you attached to balloons that made them talk… and that was it, I was hooked, although the plastic strips were pretty useless! How long have you been working as a freelance instructor for Qualatex? On and off for about 18 years! I have always worked closely with Qualatex. I worked for Conwin for 7 years from 2002-2009 and continued to teach at events, but since leaving Conwin, I resumed working for Qualatex as a freelance instructor. What do you feel is the most important aspect to having a successful business? To run a business as a business. That’s where I pretty much failed when I first started. I did not know how to run a business, how to charge for my work, or how to write a contract. The creative side comes naturally to most of us, but the business side is harder, but so so important! What is the craziest situation you have ever encountered while on a balloon installation? Not sure if this is crazy or stupid. I was working on a wedding many years ago when the bride and wedding party arrived early at the venue. Instead of keeping my cool and just clearing up quickly and leaving, I hid in a cupboard. It then dawned on me that it would be ages yet, and I slipped away without them ever knowing that we were still there! What resources does SueBowler.com offer for Balloon professionals? My website is work in progress, I sell educational videos including my own, plus I show people what I am capable of making with balloons, which occasionally does attract an enquiry and has lead to some great corporate jobs! I am very excited as I have a new DVD, Balloon Decor 2, that will be on sale from September 1st. There is a lot of additional information that I did not manage to get on the DVD as I over-ran (it’s over 4 hours long)! So, there will be a big resources area on my website for those who have bought the DVD. Do you ship your DVD’s outside of the UK? I ship my video’s worldwide, but I also have some distributors around the world, so I am happy to refer people to a local distributor if possible. Most memorable or special moment for you in the world of balloons. At the 2010 WBC, I was awarded The Golden Light Award in honour of the late Linda Bruce. Linda and I were very close friends, we enjoyed spending time together whenever possible, bearing in mind we lived 1000’s of miles apart! When we lost Linda to cancer, I felt that I had lost a big part of my life. Being awarded this honour was so very special! What professional organizations are you a part of in the UK? I am a member of an organisation called BAPIA – Balloon and Party Industry Alliance. It was actually founded and is owned and run by my husband John Bowler. John has also worked in the balloon industry for almost 25 years and is extremely passionate about the industry. John started BAPIA as it was felt that there was a need for an independent organisation that could support the balloon and party industry. BAPIA’s membership is a healthy mix of manufacturers, distributors, retailers and decorators. It also has members from others industries such as face painters, candy cart suppliers and other party based businesses. BAPIA works hard to support the party industry and the professionals within it by promoting a best practices policy to create positive and sustainable growth. BAPIA promotes its members and the industry to the public and encourages the use of professionals for all balloon and party needs. BAPIA aims to act as a unified voice for balloon and party professionals and will represent its members on industry related matters and bring benefits and information to assist in the growth and security of their business. With a group of members, BAPIA supports one of the biggest children’s charities every year by decorating their Christmas party. This is a very high profile event and gets huge media coverage. The decor helps to transform a hotel ballroom into a magical Christmas wonderland each year! Blog from 2014 Children’s event   What are some of your favorite countries traveled to teaching about balloons? I love the culture in Japan, and traveling to remote places. In Israel, I loved the history of the country, the people and food are lovely. What is the TOPIC or blog post that seems to have the MOST interest – or that you refer people to most often. This is a very interesting question, as so many of the blogs that I have written over the years get read and re-read all the time! The top topic appears to be ‘how to make balloon walls’, which is closely followed by “How much should I charge for that”? I think there is a good split between design lead blogs verses business related blogs. What words of wisdom do you have for those who are struggling in building and growing their business to the level of revenue they dream about, but have not yet obtained? Invest in your future! There is no better way to grow your business than to grow your knowledge and confidence. I think that many people start a balloon business because they feel they don’t have to invest a great deal to get started. But to succeed, you need to treat your business as a business and not a hobby. Invest in good education, good equipment and good marketing. Anything else you would like for people to know about you? Apart that I am very passionate about the balloon industry! I recently became a grandma… or nanny as I am known as. My granddaughter, in only a few short months, has become such a very special part of my life. I also have an adorable dog called Mylo, who keeps me very fit and happy too. I love to travel when I am teaching and meeting such wonderfully talented balloon artists, but going home to my husband and family is so very special.   If you are working on your CBA exam – Sue has several blogs to help you with that When you go to her blog Search CBA Also go to Beginners guide to the Elements and principles of Design. I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about Sue and the resources she creates that are available to you. Do you find yourself:
  • Wondering how you can get more clients contacting you
  • Unsure if your brand is projecting what you want it to for potential clients
  • Love creating balloon decor, but unsure how to maximize your sales
  • Unsure how to price your decor to be profitable
  • Feeling alone in running your business
  • Frustrated that you are not reaching the goals you have set
  • Ready to increase your sales to a new level
GREAT NEWS! I have turned my passion for helping people succeed into a full time job with Balloon Coach. I’ve taken my proven best practices and am sharing them with the balloon industry.   I grew my home based business to $150,000 a year in sales and now serve as a part of the team of Party People Events with the owner Johnathon Gerber who purchased several companies and put them together we now do over $600,000 a year in sales in Central Florida.  In my group coaching program I share our tips for marketing and growth to support you in your business journey and stepping out of fear into taking action to make your goals reality.   Balloon Boss Mastermind is our group coaching program that allows you accesses to a private group for our Balloon Boss Members to ask me a question that I answer within 24 hours online from business building to balloon building. 24/7 access to over $2,500 of online training and support including our monthly Passport to success replays from Sept 2015 to now learning from some of the top leaders in the balloon industry on how to put systems into your business for growth.  No need wasting time you can learn from our mistakes and successes for a faster road to success! I look forward to working with you! Your Partner in Success!         Joette Giardina, CBA Grow Your Thriving Balloon Business Balloon Coach

Do you work ON your business?

Ok, I know what some of you are thinking. Hello, of course I work ON my business….I’m a business owner and all I do is stay busy for over 16 hours a day working. So what’s the difference between working ON your business instead of IN it? If you are like me, I jumped into owning a balloon business with little business experience, except for 2 years as a direct sales consultant selling party supplies! My first goal was to inflate balloons and get them to all of the clients who had placed orders, that’s working IN the business. Then I found out about working ON my business. I found out that my County Small Business Administration offered free training. So I went! We met in a small conference room with a dozen new business owners who had just received their business licenses. We reviewed making a Business Plan and the importance of having one. I was handed a 3-ring binder full of details on how to create a business plan and was told to search out the local Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations and leaders for support. I found great business organizations to be a part of and connected with mentors to learn from. The #1 thing they would all say is “TREAT YOUR BUSINESS like a BUSINESS!
  1. Have a Business Plan.
  2. Have a marketing strategy.
  3. Look like a professional.
  4. Branding is important.
  5. Have a great online presence.
  6. Hire staff to increase your sales and have time to work ON your business!
I participated in a Mastermind group through National Association Of Women Business Owners. The six of us met twice a month to share our ups and downs and provide insight through experiences to help each business grow and succeed. (if you would like to experience a similar experience with like minded business owners, our Group coaching allows you to learn from and support other Balloon Company’s with our twice a month online meeting and private chat group to support each other between meetings) Over my years attending balloon conventions and classes around the U.S., I have met many wonderful and creative people with more talent and ambition than I had ever met before. However, after I got past their enthusiasm and love for balloons, I have found out that MANY really struggle with the BUSINESS aspects of their company. They love working IN their business, creating great designs for their clients and transforming dull venues into dynamic celebrations…but they don’t focus time working ON their business. If you have fallen victim to that path…YOU ARE NOT ALONE! BC work on not in Balloon Boss Pro was founded with YOU in mind! I was that person. In October 2003, I was blessed with the opportunity to purchase an existing balloon company, Party People Celebration Company, in Lakeland, FL. I spent two months in on-the-job training and took over as owner on December 1st, 2003. That day was full of excitement and fear. As I drove home with the 10 ft enclosed trailer I then realized that I had NO IDEA how to back up a trailer and get this puppy parked in my backyard! Luckily, a friendly neighbor came to my rescue and pulled it into the yard for me and trained me in how to do it myself. From this experience, I realized that when you don’t know what to do, ASK FOR HELP! There are people out there who are willing, trained and able to help. I just had to search out the right person and ask! That’s how it is with owning a Balloon Business. No matter if you have JUST decided to turn your love of balloons into an income-producing business or if you are a veteran in the industry for over 20 years, sometimes working ON the business gets pushed to the side because you are too busy IN your business. You could just be unsure WHAT to do next to accomplish your goals or where to turn. The Good News is there are NEW RESOURCES just for YOU! BalloonCoach.com now offers: Online Web Classes with tips to building a strong business. Learn from those who have been in the trenches running their business and have put systems in place for success. From time to time, we will also have experts from businesses outside of the balloon industry to bring insight into the most common concerns. I am so delighted that one of the most caring guys in the industry is kicking off the Ballooncoach.com Web Classes. Many of you know his name from the Qualatex Facebook group, with his great post sharing his story and experiences in the industry. David Mahoney, Owner/CEO of Balloons Everyday, Dallas, TX will share the problems he has overcome and the processes he uses to continue to Increase his Profits. David started Balloons Everyday in 1987 as a home-based business and now operates out of a warehouse with over 10 employees. You do not want to miss this Live WebClass on Tuesday, Sept 22, 9 pm EST Are you ready to take ACTION steps and work ON your business but unsure where to start? That is why Balloon Coach is here for to help you make the game plan and cheer you along as you make the plays each step of the way. Online via One to One and Elite Coaching packages tailored to your specific goals will give you the most support. Group Coaching provides you with shared topics of interest and a private chat group to share the experience together. To schedule your free 20 minute consultation, email Joette@ballooncoach.com Your Partner in Success! Joette Signature 1 Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take your Business to New Heights! BalloonBossPro.com s

Why Invest in a Business Coach?

People have asked me if Business Coaching is right for them. Do you… Feel like you are on your own? Feel overwhelmed and are not sure how to market your company? Struggle with your Branding and are looking for feedback? Feel discouraged because your sales are not what you want them to be and are not sure what to do? Have determination and want to succeed in business and are prepared to work hard to reach your goals?   When you go to networking events, do you get tongue tied and are unsure how to describe the services you offer and how to hook in a new client? Are you new to the industry and want to get on the right start from the get go? Have you been working with balloons for years as an interest but are ready for it to be a full-time career? Have you been in the industry for years, but feel like you need a boost to take your business to the next level?   IF you answered YES to any of these questions, then coaching from someone who has experienced those ups and downs, stood in your shoes, and GREW her business step by step could be for you! I want to be YOUR Partner in Success… To set up your FREE Consultation, email JoetteGiardina@outlook.com let me know your Name and email address. One to One and Elite coaching provide the most direct interaction and personalized attention click the links to view all that is offered in the plans. If you prefer a little “pick me up” and to know that you are not alone, Group Coaching is offered twice a month and includes a private chat group to help continue discussion with like minded individuals along the way.   “Like” Balloon Coach on Facebook to see update of webinars and services that will be added in the near future!   A Little bit about Joette While growing a full time Balloon and Event Decor business in Lakeland, Florida, I often searched for business guidance. I joined the local Chamber of Commerce, American Business Women’s Association and attended business conferences with wonderful speakers such as Zig Ziglar, to gain nuggets of business education to grow my company. I have always felt that education in our industry has been key to my success. One thing I saw missing in our industry was strong business support for the struggling company. Our industry is full of amazing, talented, creative, and artistic people. However, if you are making amazing designs and not being paid a fair rate for your work, this is a hobby and not an income producing business. Through my photo posts on Facebook, fellow balloon artists email me and ask me “how do you stay so busy?”, “how can I get a Corporate account?”, “how do you get clients to pay you a fair wage?”, “What organizations are you a part of?” I have found over the years that I really enjoyed seeing other businesses grow and succeed. It became my passion to help others create the success I have had and propel past the income that I had created from my business. I invested in two business coaches to help me develop my plan for business coaching specific to the Balloon Industry. I saw first hand how having a Coach to hear my ideas and that could give me sage advice pointed me in the right direction. I’m ready to cheer you to success!   Take Your Business to New Heights! Joette Signature 1           Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. BalloonBossPro.com