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Balloon Distractions PAID Internship Program

Balloon Distractions currently operates in 30 markets across the United States, from Seattle to Miami to Minneapolis. Each region is managed by a Regional Partner, many of whom started on the team as entry level entertainers, working their way through college.

Our company holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is being featured on Season 5 of the top rated ABC show “Shark Tank” on January 17th, 2014.

This program seeks to partner with local colleges and universities to develop new Regional Partners in all 200 demographic market areas across the United States.

How it works:

Interns will learn how to entertain in restaurants, hire and train new staff and seek out and land new restaurant clients.  They will work closely with the local Regional Partner in a mentor / mentee relationship.

Interns will earn $12 to $25 per HOUR working in restaurants.

By working in a “real world” environment our interns will gain valuable experience inside a national company that will complement their academic work in the classroom.

Ideal candidate:

Any ambitious student with an expressive personality and a strong work ethic who is great at thinking “on their feet”.

An ideal candidate will be non-conventional, creative and personally dynamic.

Internship Program Goals:

This internship will teach a mix of pragmatic business skills; public speaking, customer service, hiring and managing staff and how to prospect and close new clients. Interns will work closely with Balloon Distractions staff as well as General Managers in national chains such as IHOP, Chili’s, Applebee’s, etc.

Within our pool of interns we want to identify and develop the future Regional Partners who will help us place a team in every metro area in the United States.

Specific timeline / schedule

The timeframe specified here is at the discretion of the intern and the Regional Partner who will be assigned to mentor them (the RP mentor). This internship is flexible and should work around the schedules of both the intern and their RP mentor.

Week 1-3:  Intern will learn the basic entertainer role and go to restaurants to fill bookings, while doing so the intern is guaranteed to earn a minimum of $12 per hour. Intern will also be taught our online scheduling system and navigate our Online Training Interface.

Week 4-7:  Intern will assist their RP mentor as they recruit and interview new entertainers.

Week 8-10:  Intern will assist RP mentor in prospecting and landing new clients.

During the entire internship (and after) the intern is encouraged to fill bookings in the local area. Intern has the freedom to log onto our scheduling system and choose bookings at will, so there is flexibility based on the intern’s college schedule.

Completion Requirements

#1. The intern is required to successfully fill 20 bookings in the course of the 10 week program, each booking is from 3-4 hours in length and are normally in the evenings from 5PM on.

There are also Saturday and Sunday breakfast bookings that run from 9AM to 1PM.

#2. Intern must hire and train 2 crew members alongside the RP mentor.

#3. Intern must sell 2 new clients alongside the RP mentor

Interns are expected to sign an intern contract which includes a non-disclosure and non-compete clause.

This program can be custom designed based upon the specific credit hour requirements of your university and / or major.

Regional Partners earn $40,000 to $55,000 in their first year, so this is a viable post graduation track for any 4rth year college student.  

Contact:

BenAlexander@BalloonDistractions.com

 

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Balloon Jams from Seattle to Schenectady!

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Balloon Jam in DFW, August 2013.

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Balloon Jam in Seattle, November 2013.

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Balloon Jam in Los Angeles, September 2013.

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Balloon Jam in upstate NY, July 2013.

written by Ben Alexander

Between April and October of 2013 I was fortunate enough to visit every single region that we do business with across the United States.

I did not get a pic at every jam (maybe in 2014?) but I got a few that really captured some great moments with our teams. Traveling around and training our Regional Partners and meeting their amazing teams is a big part of what I do as the owner of the company, and a great joy for me as well.

Our teams are a great mix of college kids, stay at home Moms and military veterans who have joined us to make great part time money and have a ton of fun as well.   

 

Get out of your comfort Zone!

Many  eclectic jobs  led me to where I am today:

Here is a short list, in no logical order:

  1. Paid Baritone for a Presbyterian church.
  2. Insurance agent for Mutual of Omaha.
  3. Basic construction, ripping up sidewalks, building fences, etc.
  4. English teacher in Taiwan.
  5. Art model for my college’s life modeling class.
  6. Volunteer firefighter (no pay, but a unique experience)
  7. Balloon Twister 4 Tips in countless restaurants.
  8. Owner of a balloon twisting talent agency.
  9. Burger flipper at Dairy Queen.
  10. Waiter at many different restaurants.
  11. Lifeguard at several lakes and pools across South Jersey.
  12. Swim Instructor for children.
  13. Rollerblade instructor in Taiwan.
  14. Selling gold plating services to car dealerships.
  15. Selling deregulated energy door to door.
  16. Managing large door to door crews that sold deregulated energy.
  17. Selling underwater scuba camera equipment over the phone.
  18. Selling mortgages over the phone.
  19. Selling employment advertising over the phone.
  20. Selling solar and energy efficiency door to door, in NJ, PA and FL.
  21. Selling cars (mostly Toyota) in MD and FL.
  22. Mowing lawns and basic landscaping.
  23. Auctioneer’s assistant and go-to (when I was 12 years old)
  24. Delivery driver for Naple’s pizza in Mullica Hill.
  25. Substitute teacher all over South Jersey (my 3rd year in college)
  26. Package sorter on the midnight shift at UPS.
  27. Direct Sales with Amway and Life Leadership.
  28. Getting paid from sales of my first book on Amazon.
  29. Sales consulting for 2 marketing firms in Philadelphia.
  30. Goofed off with the EB-5 investment program in Taiwan, never made a dime.
  31. Imported Super Sonic Spheres from Taiwan, same result as #30.

I’ve tried so many unusual things in my life that nothing is that weird or unfamiliar.

In college every single time I got fired from one job (I had a big mouth and it got me in hot water) I would look around and try something different.

I feel bad for the person who turns 18, gets a job that he hates, then stays in that job for 40 years because he is hooked to a measly paycheck. How boring, right?

Be open to new ideas and experiences, and as you get older you will continually expand your comfort zone. When you stretch yourself you will learn how to be resilient and adjust to anything.

Trying many different things also teaches you to be resourceful, a great quality to develop whether you are an entrepreneur, teacher or any profession.

Once you’ve taken off every stitch of clothing in front of a room full of art students, or traveled 12 time zones away on a ONE WAY ticket to a foreign country to work, everything else is small potatoes.

I started Balloon Distractions (when I was 29) because I never found a job that I actually liked.

Previous to that I could never hold a job longer than 24 months.

When you move OUT, way OUT, from your comfort zone you will gain tremendous confidence and trust in yourself. After living in Taiwan and learning how to speak a bit of Mandarin Chinese I was not afraid to live somewhere very far from what I knew growing up.

Moving to Florida in 2003? No big deal, at least it’s still in the USA.

Consequently I feel at home everywhere I go here in the States. The entire USA is within my comfort zone. As I traveled around the United States building Balloon Distractions I always felt at home, whether in Seattle, Miami or Houston.

A little job or hobby that you try out in college can lead to something significant down the road. When I was twisting balloons in college I never would have guessed that it would lead to Balloon Distractions.

More recently I got involved in residential and commercial solar with Tampa Bay Solar. Here I was, learning a totally new industry at 43 years old! I’ve been making a great income and learning a ton. I feel like a million bucks.

Be thrilled by the potential of the unexpected, and don’t hesitate to get out of your own comfort zone! The only thing you risk by trying something new is loss of time.

Ben Alexander

blog was originally written in 2014, updated in May of 2017.

Mike’s Story

Micheal is an entertainer on the Seattle team, this is his story:

“I was twisting at a restaurant the other day, spotted a table with a mom and son, about 8 years old. The boy was being difficult, holding his head down, with a sullen expression on his face, basically refusing to co-operate with anything mom wanted.

I approached the table, gave a big cheery HELLO, and preceded to ask if I could make something for either one of them.  The boy just ignored me – but not without first glancing at all the balloons in my apron. Mom said she wasn’t sure, as they were having difficulties even ordering their food.

I commented, “Yeah! Sometimes it’s really hard to decide, it’s all so good!”

We chatted for a few more seconds, and the little guy kept sneaking glances over my direction.

I finally asked mom what his favorite color was, (blue) and inflated a balloon, making a big production out of it. Then I asked if I could sit for a moment (next to the kid) “… ’cause my feet were sore…” (with a wink at mom). She said “Sure!” and I plopped down, and started waving the balloon like a wand. By now the kid was more staring at the balloon than down.

I continued talking to mom, telling her about Balloon Distractions, and that I twist all sorts of shapes, and I’m not sure what to make with this beautiful blue balloon.

This caused the kid to whisper ‘… a Dog…”

I sat there, slowly shaping a Sitting Dog, and explaining what I was doing as I went. The boy’s eyes were now riveted on the action. By the time I got to making it’s ears the kid was fascinated, and totally into it. I got him to tell me a joke, even got the mom to laugh at my exaggerated mistakes When I’d finished the shape (He chose the color for the eyes), the kid was smiling and laughing, and had decided he was hungry and happy. 

I got a $10 tip from a grateful Mom.”

Pennies and Dollars.

I only go out to sell if there is someone to watch and learn from me, in that way I train someone and sell new business at the same time, a very productive use of my time because most of the people I train will then go out and sell business when I am NOT there. 

In most JOBS you work 8 hours and get paid for 8 hours of work and that’s it. 

I have not had a job since 2003 and I probably never will for the rest of my life. I know now that I’ll be an entrepreneur for the rest of my life, no doubt. 

You can work at a job for 20 years, then one day you get fired and you have….. nothing. Lots of people are learning that painful lesson right now. 

If you build a business for 20 years you can turn around and sell it for double the current yearly revenue. That means that my little entertainment company is now worth 400 to 500K if I were to sell it today. 

You can’t sell your job….

The trick is to find a business that will earn you a residual income and allow you to duplicate your effort many times over.  That’s exactly what Balloon Distractions does, train a crew, send them out to restaurants, and make income while you are asleep. 

We all have the same 24 hours a day to live in, from Bill Gates to a homeless guy. Bill Gates is a billionaire because he built a huge business that sold a product to millions of consumers. 

What it takes to Build a Region.

Balloon Distractions started with one client back in 2003, a Perkin’s restaurant on North Dale Mabry road in Tampa, FL.

From that humble beginning we grew to a nationwide team of entertainers that crosses four time zones and entertains children from Seattle to Miami to Los Angeles.

Each local team is led by a Regional Partner, and we are seeking additional Regional Partners in over 130 markets across the United States.

Our Regional Partners are independent contractors, they determine the pace and growth of their region. 

What in the world does a Regional Partner do?

–        They fill gigs and make sure the schedule is filled each week.

–        Introduce this idea to new clients.

–        Find and develop a crew of entertainers.

How does someone become a Regional Partner?

–        Fill out the Regional Partner form on our website.  

–        Submit to a background check and fill out our Independent Contractor agreement.

–        Work your way up through the levels in our program.

How much do Regional Partners earn?

Your pay is based upon a percentage of incoming revenue from clients that you have established in your region, in a major market working 30 plus hours per week you can earn over $100K per year.

In a smaller market (less than 100,000 people) you can do this part time and on weekends to earn an extra $1,000 to $3,000 per month.

Some of our Regional Partners in secondary markets earn $25K per year working less than 10 hours per week.

Where do successful Regional Partners come from?

From retired military to full time college students, our RP team varies in gender, race, age and work experience. Even across this diversity there are some common characteristics among them:

–        They are willing to fill gigs and make people happy.

–        Expressive, outgoing and friendly.

–        Humble. Even the founder and CEO of the company goes out to make balloons for children on a regular basis.      

–        Goal oriented, it is not EASY or FAST to get up to $100K in annual income. It takes consistent commitment over a long period of time.    

–        Persistent and TOUGH. People quit, clients cancel, that’s life… but as long as you keep going you will find success in this business.

How does Balloon Distractions support the Regional Partners?

We have an entire system that walks you through every facet of our business, from twisting your very first balloon to learning how to run a crew of 30 Independent Contractor Entertainers.

We’ve moved our entire operation online, you can run a huge team with a laptop and a smartphone. Balloon Distractions handles the  billing, payroll, quality control and 90% of the weekly scheduling.

We also have trainers who can come to your region and help you launch your region.

Does it cost anything to get started?

As an Independent Contractor you pay for all your supplies: a balloon pump, some balloons, an apron, etc. You can buy these items anywhere for less than $100. 

You will spend time and gas building your region, so you’ll need to own a well-maintained and reliable vehicle. 

Our revenue is derived from charging our clients a specific fee per booking, you are paid a percentage of all incoming revenue in your region twice per month. 

Why should I work with Balloon Distractions?

Why not just buy some balloons and do this on my own?

Why do people spend millions on a McDonald’s franchise?

Because McDonald’s corporation has the best SYSTEMS in the world.

Here at Balloon Distractions we’ve figured out the optimal way to develop and organize crews of 25 to 50 entertainers on a weekly basis.

Balloon Distractions is already an approved vendor with many of the national brands, from Chili’s to Applebee’s to IHOP.

As you grow your region you also are plugged into a national support network of Regional Partners who trade ideas and tips on a weekly basis.