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  

New Year’s Eve with Balloons by Tommy 2012!

I am extremely blessed by the fun experiences I have had working with some great balloon companies over the years. My husbands family all lives in Chicago, while we live in Florida. For years our daughter begged us to spend Christmas in Chicago with her cousins. For Christmas 2012 her dreams came true after my #1 New Year’s Eve Venue closed it’s doors. In the previous years their budget had reached $7,000 so we kept busy right after Christmas preparing for their events and had stayed home to work over Christmas Break. I really enjoy spending time with my family – however I knew I would go stir crazy not creating balloon drops and decor over NYE. So what did I do? What many Latex Loving Balloon Professionals do while traveling, I called Tommy, let him know I would be in town and offered to be a part of his NYE Crew! Photo collage below shows you just a glimpse of my 2 days with Tommy in 2012. The Car that he can stuff 70, 11 inch helium balloons in! During our travels from his apartment to downtown I’d suggest things like, you might want to buy a van, or at least Rent One for next year! That year many of Tommy’s friends would stuff their SUV and cars with his balloons and supplies as we would journey down town. Glad to know he has a SUV now! Talk about a huge Chicago Pizza…I had never seen such a thing in FL. Tommy knew the key to a happy crew was making sure everyone got dinner between venues! bc BBT NYE 2012 logos                           It’s always fun to see how other businesses prepare for an event and set a space. One of the reasons I came up with the plan for BalloonCoach.com, WebClasses is not everyone can travel to all the different companies around the world. However via the magic of the internet we can learn from each other and pick up even a small tip that may transform the way you do things! Chris Potts is preparing an amazing training to help YOU End the Year with Money in the Bank! New Year’s Eve Drops and Decor! Register now The Live Class will be at 9 pm EST on Novemeber 17th . With the Pay NOW Play Later program you register now for the class – and Know you will have access to the replay after the 19th for the next year in your Member access library. All training’s you purchase remain in your library to refer to!
Balloon Drops by Chris Potts, Balloon Masters, Buffalo New York
Balloon Drops by Chris Potts, Balloon Masters, Buffalo New York
Bonus resources for Chris Class:
  • Download, Editable Flyer
  • Step by step drop rigging directions
  • Outline of class to print for notetaking
  • Class will include a power point presentation to easily take notes
  • Video and photos to feel confident in what you learn.
  • Sales language to close the sale!
  • Confidence to end the year with Money in the bank via NYE sales!
   
Learn from Chris Potts how to Rig your Drops even in unique curved situations!
Learn from Chris Potts how to Rig your Drops even in unique curved situations!
  This is one of my favorite photos from past drops Chris has set. He will share tips on how to deal with Unique situations like this curved ceiling around the bar.           Balloon Drops are not just for NYE! Chris is an amazing salesman and he will share secrets to his sales conversations to how New Years Eve is one of his most Profitable weeks of the year, and how he sells balloon drops all year long! Look forward to having you in class and seeing photos from your NYE 2015 events!   Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1         Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonBossPro.com      

Facebook Etiquette for the Balloon Professional.

  BC F for facebook Social Media is a really important part of marketing your business today. One thing I have noticed is that many times Facebook pages have missing information, or missing Profile photos. Following is a link on 10 tips to consider when using building your social media presence on Facebook. 10 Facebook tips   As Balloon Professionals we follow a lot of other balloon professionals work through their Business and Personal pages. Check the tips below to be respectful of others businesses   If you have a question about a design or mechanics of a piece, send a Private message. To be respectful Do not Post on another’s page:
  • How did you make the frame?
  • How much did you charge for that?
  • What size balloons did you use?
  • Is that a square pack arch or a garland?
  • Can you give me the recipe for that?
THINK about how you would feel if some one posted that on Your Page in front of your clients. A Business page is about your relationship with your client, and sometimes clients follow people on a personal page also. Be respectful and send those questions in a Private message.   DO’s for building content on your Facebook Page
  • Post photos of your work with creative descriptions like Garland Arch.
  • Create specials for your clients.
  • Post your own photos from past years to promote holiday specials etc.
  • Fill in all the details: Phone, email, website, location, description
  • Post a Cover photo
  • Post a profile photo
  • Keep it professional
  Dont’s for building content on your Facebook Page
  • Post other peoples work on your facebook page
  • Use another companies photo and put your watermark on it
  • Flood your feed with shared photos
  • Leave contact information and description blank
  • Put personal views on business page
Check to make sure your Business Page is actually a Business page! To create a business page, you start on your personal home page click on arrow on top right of page – Create Page Select Business Page   IF you have a business page that is actually a personal page – Facebook can shut you down.   FILL IN YOUR CONTENT!!! When I get a friend request and the profile photo is the stock one that comes when you start a page without any personalization I wonder if it’s a scam.   Our Wonderful Teachers from last week Tommy DeLorenzo, and Scott Hemphill built a large following from their clients via Social Media and facebook. Make time Weekly, if not Daily to Post photos and short remarks onto your Business Facebook Page!   Your Partner in Success! Joette Signature 1             Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonBossPro.com          

Inspiration for Success!

  Inspiration For Success           Do you ever: Feel tired? Burnt out? Unmotivated? Stuck? Like you are on your own? Wish you had just a little spark of Motivation to start the day?   Inspiration for Success was Created for YOU!!! Each Morning of your membership you will wake up to a friendly note from me, Joette Giardina, CBA AKA Balloon Coach! Great way to start your day on a Positive note! A Variety of Inspirational quotes and business tips will appear in your inbox each morning. The Balloon business is filled with a range of experiences: joy from your passion of transforming venues for your clients events to frustrations of running your own company! I have found over the years that my Mindset is Key to success! When I faced the day in a bad mood, or negative thoughts…I did not find as much success as when I was Positive and focused with a Mindset of Abundance! I look forward to being your Cheerleader! Know each day I’m sending positive vibes your way for success! This Monthly membership will continue till you choose to discontinue the service. $25 a month when purchased alone. When You purchase it with your Monthly subscription to our Guest Speaker Webinar, save $10! purchase Inspiration for success with Monthly Class Pass Get the latest tips and tricks from the brightest and best in the business! PRICING OPTIONS $35 for a one-time purchase: Ideal if you’re just getting your feet wet and you’re unsure how many classes you’d like. Best valuearrow.png $25 for a monthly class pass (subscription): You get access to the REPLAY, so if you cannot attend live, you still get the benefit of the entire call. **The fine print :) The monthly class pass subscription can be canceled anytime with 30-days notice. The REPLAY is exactly that – the recording of the call that took place live, with any and all visuals, audios, and commentary (minus chat) that occurred during the live webinar. With each class, there may be “handouts” and other materials available for download that will be made available to purchasers of the class on the MEMBERSHIP AREA.   Elite Coaching and One-To-One Coaching members have access to ALL REPLAY classes in the membership area. Consider upgrading to one of these coaching packages – It’s an investment in yourself and your business! Register for Monthly Guest Speaker Class bc slider ombre arch             I look forward to cheering for you with a bit of Florida Sunshine each and every day! Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1           Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonBossPro.com    

Free Webinar Replay Links

bc Free Webinar blue background   Thank you for all that have posted online about how BalloonCoach.com webinars are helping them grow their business!
Thank you for your kind testimonials: Tammy Flake, Clarksville, TN
Balloon decorators… I highly recommend this FREE webinar, its got great info for us all!! And if you haven’t liked balloon coach Facebook page you should like it too, she has great advice that will improve your balloonbusiness!! Balloon Coach is here to help the industry grow!!
  Thank you Jerina Bryant, of Baltimore Maryland Doing Joette Meyers Giardina webinar and getting her advice really pays off. If you haven’t done any of them you should. My next thing is to get enough to purchase some of her coaching. After doing her webinar, I did a homecoming that turned into me doing the Senior Inauguration, which then in turn has already turned into what they want for Senior prom. I also have a homecoming scheduled for October 23. These are the balloons for the inauguration.
Balloon Decor by Jerina Bryant, Baltimore, Maryland
Balloon Decor by Jerina Bryant Baltimore, Maryland
               
Val Mclendon, Detroit Michigan, posted after watching webinar on Sales Calls.
Everyone!… I’m so excited I took Joette Meyers Giardina advise and just contacted a Dealership CHEVROLET my daughter brought her new car from them this past march so i decided to to give them a call this morning and guess what! they are having a Christmas blow out sale and he said this would be an great opportunity for us to decorate our New Showroom, let set-up a date so we can meet and let’s see what you have and by the way the receptionist that works for them i did her daughters Graduation this past summer and she had pic on her phone. God has been sooooooo great to me i encourage everyone to step out of your comfort zone I’m so pump its crazy my first and not my last Thank you everyone who shared their comments this morning love my Balloon Family!  
If you missed the Free Webinars View on Balloon Coach You Tube Channel   Look forward to hearing from you on Balloon Coach Facebook page successes you have after watching the webinars!     Your Partner in Success! Joette Signature 1         Joette Giardina, CBA Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonCoach.com      

Networking, People do business with People they Know, Like and Trust!

Networking, People do business with People they Know, Like and Trust! So how do you build those things? I have a free Mini webinar on Networking – Click here to view it’s about 25 minutes long. Hope you Enjoy! During the webinar I referred to this quote BC Smile, Logo, trademark                     Would you like more support and training  for marketing and networking from someone who has been in your shoes full time since 2003? Balloon Boss Mastermind is our group coaching program to have access to my 9 week marketing program plus access to a private member group and over $2,500 of online training and support, in addition to access to the Passport to Success webinar library. Or “kick the tires” with our Webinar Membership for the 4th Tuesday of each month and the replay library.   Looking forward to supporting you as you grow your Thriving Balloon Business!   Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. BalloonCoach.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         

Help Grow the Balloon Industry!

A friend shared this story with me this week – and I felt I needed to pass it on to the Balloon Industry. There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “Didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.” So is with our lives… Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all…
My passion is to create resources for our industry to create strong Business Strategies to have continued growth and success! I am a firm believer that our industry has many opportunities for growth, and that the only way for us to reach our full potential as an industry is for All Balloon Companies to Create Quality Decor (this does not mean super elaborate pieces of art, but properly sized, well thought out decor that looks great and creates emotion for our clients). For Balloon Companies to make it a priority to have high quality branding, websites, professional online presence and operate as a business! Many people complain they have heard from potential clients “it’s just balloons” when quoted a price higher than the person was expecting. One of the things that will help reduce that perception is conducting business in a professional manner and the more successful balloon companies that are out there the more clients will understand that hiring a professional balloon decorator is just like hiring a Florist or Baker for your event, knowing that you get what you pay for! I have enjoyed the balloon industry since the day I bought Party People in December of 2003. I was inspired that every class and every convention I attended instructors were delighted to share tips and tricks to create beautiful decor. The one thing I felt was missing in our industry was the road map to creating a Strong, Profitable business. I have many dreams for the resources I wish to create for our industry…they will take time to create..but for NOW I’m excited that at least once a month I will bring you a Guest Speaker through Ballooncoach.com webclass, to share their story and tips that have helped them grow their business, for just $25 a class! You must register in advance to participate in the class live online, and get the Replay after the class to watch whenever is best for you if the live time is not good for you. Register now! To be entered to win a free consultation with Balloon Coach Joette Giardina and Tommy DeLorenzo as we team up to answer your questions, and help you set a plan to success! Register for the October 20th web class by October 12th at Midnight. Winner will be announced on October 13th. Our next Guests is the Dynamic Duo from BalloonsbyTommy as Tommy DeLorenzo and Scott Hemphill share their systems that have had them double their sales! “Double your Profits with Half the Phone Calls!” As a bonus at the end of class Tommy and Scott will share the tricks for how they curl the 160’s for creative centerpieces and accents on helium decor. FREE, 20 minute Mini webinars are coming up this week and next! Details to sign up on Balloon Coach Facebook Page The topics are dear to my heart, School Clients, Sales Calls and Networking! October – December is KEY time of year to make really good income in the Balloon Industry…if you are not as busy as you want to be – tune into the webinars and see what tips you can add into your marketing to create more profits! If you are looking for a class or convention to gain Balloon Decor skills – check out my previous Blogs on “what’s my next step” find the event that fits your needs, price your decor to have an education fund, set your goals and work each day to meet them! When you want a little extra support and direction along the way visit BalloonBossPro.com click on Coaching to see what package gives you the support you need: Elite: 2 days a week, One to One: 3 hours a month or 2 evenings a month for group coaching! WRITE Down your Dreams, create a plan, gather knowledge, WORK HARD and your Dreams will become reality!   Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1         Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonBossPro.com  

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