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Employer paying on commission



6:32 pm on Aug 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hello, I want to thank YOU for taking the time to read my question and am open to ALL thoughts and opinions.

Some background info!
Right now I am working for a power washing company. The business consists of the boss man and myself. The business is seasonal and some what steady at the moment. The both of us are on every job together. He has been in business for 25 yrs.. I am a stand out worker. The boss man has no complaints about the quality of employee that i am. To begin work I had to get my own liability insurance and go under my own name. So i have to take care of taxes on my own. Initially when hired he payed me by the hour. After while, he wanted a salesman for the business to find us work, so i started selling.. He offered me 10% commission on the sale. Right now I work my tail off! I don't go into job working by the hour, taking my time, i bust balls and kick ***. I'm not happy with getting paid by the hour, I want to get paid by a percentage of a job..

Does this seem unreasonable?
If no,
What percentage should I be entitled to?
How should i go about strengthening my side of the situation?


8:47 pm on Aug 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator httpwebwitch is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

commission pay is normal for sales jobs, because it's such a results-oriented task, and sales is a fickle skill; some people have "the knack" and the charisma to excel, and others don't.

I can't give any intelligent advice about the 10% commission offer. you need to figure out if you'll maintain a good standard of living earning 10% commission, given the volume of sales you'll be capable of and the revenue generated from it. Somewhere in the math there's a "sweet spot" where the revenue and volume of sales averages equal to a decent wage. Obviously, you'll want to negotiate for as high a percentage as you can get.

I presume you're doing sales, but you'll still be working on site doing washing for an hourly wage? that could work out quite well for you. And consider that if you know every part of the business including sales&marketing, you could defect and start your own company and hire your own employees some day.


8:50 pm on Aug 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator httpwebwitch is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

on a related note, you should read one of the "E-myth" books (there are several editions), they explain how a business like this one can be systematically turned into a large & very profitable enterprise

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