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jakeg
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What do find to be the most profitable venues to work for tips? When working at a fair, do you generally have to pay the fair a flat fee or a percentage of any sort? I used to run a concession and that's what we had to do to get into a fair. I was wondering if that worked the same way sculpturing for tips.
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My suggestion would be to encourage the fair to pay you to twist rather than for you to pay the fair. It depends on wether you think of yourself as an entertainer or a peddlar I guess.
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Where ever there are families, meaning children, and the parents keep the kids close at hand and want to do something to keep them occupied. I found childrens fairs to be the best but they are not too frequent.
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You can do it either way, sell the balloons as a vendor or be paid by the group/organization to twist and give away the balloons. It would depend upon your personal choice..twisting for tips in locations where there could be a lot of pre-teen and teen foot traffic would be bad. They'll take everything they can get and not tip at all. If you're twisting for strictly tips, you can't turn down one person in favor of another. You are out for the MONEY, after all.

Steve
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On 2007-09-10 05:02, Stevethomas wrote:
You can do it either way, sell the balloons as a vendor or be paid by the group/organization to twist and give away the balloons. It would depend upon your personal choice..twisting for tips in locations where there could be a lot of pre-teen and teen foot traffic would be bad. They'll take everything they can get and not tip at all. If you're twisting for strictly tips, you can't turn down one person in favor of another. You are out for the MONEY, after all.

Steve


Do you think this changes if you are setting out to promote yourself?

I did 2 promotional events, both with non profit groups in the last week. I ended up spending about $40+ for balloons for the events, (lets face it, I was VERY POPULAR!) and got use of their booths for free (it would have cost me to rent a booth normally). If I get some ROI, I'll be fairly happy, but I wonder if these are going to work. (I did get a 2 dollar tip, though! Heyo!)

In this case, I don't mind too much about fronting the bill, as I hand out coloring pages and business cards for each balloon, so it's more of a universal promotion (I do balloons at a table, the parents, while waiting, have a look around, speak with the organization, etc. I then hand out the balloon and MY contact information). but after a while...

But still, the concept of my spending money in replacement for bartering still means that officially, I'm out that money. I prefer bartering right now, but, after a while, I'm not sure I'm going to be able to keep spending $50 an event if I'm not guaranteed at least a "break even" situation financially... "saving" $140 "virtual" dollars when I spend 50 real dollars can still eventually hurt the very real checking account.

I'd like to either do a "suggested donations" idea, or a "cost" idea, depending on the situation.

or is it preferred to get the venue to at least "front" the performer "a bag or two" worth of balloon money? And if it's non profit, how often are people unwilling to pay the balloon refund amount? and if t IS non profit, do they look down on you if you do a "suggested donation" you're sort of making money off a non profit group in other words...

If I had made 25 cents for each balloon I did over the past week, I'd be rolling in it. Lol.
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