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Reaching Your Income Goals By Working Your Comp Plan

Are you Reaching Your Income Goals? All too often Sales professionals are given a comp plan and never really sit down to review their business against what they are being asked to do and how they are being paid. Instead, they accept a number (in many cases arbitrarily arrived at by someone else) and simply begin to chase iy down. One of the things we do with our private sales coaching clients is working through their comp plans along with their business plans to make sure they are acting in their own best interests to maximize it.

Reaching Your Income Goals – Understanding Your Comp PLan

This compensation planning is about reaching your income goals. Not what the company wants you to sell (assuming you are handed a number from the company), but how you get paid, how to leverage it, and a very basic plan to get you started on the path to making the type of money you want. In the example, we’ll make some assumptions,

In your cases use your Own Numbers. Do the math, treat it like it your own busines becuase in many ways that is exactly what it is.

How Do You Get Paid?

Base + Variable = Earnings (What is the mix base to commission, 50/50, 70/30, etc)

Straight Commission – great let’s jump ahead to levels

In the video we show the assumption that you already have some business coming in or get paid in an ongoing fashion for existing business. Granted that is not always the case.

Next comes the levers about offer/product types.

In your sales Comp plan is one product set such as hardware paid a lower rate than say services (installation, consulting, maintenance)?

Are you paid more for new client/logo win?

Are there escalators in your comp plan for hitting levels over all, on certain buckets or offers?

Products or Services Sold (Revenue, Gross Margin, Units, Policies, Etc) X How you Get paid (percent of margins

If you work for a company (no offense to companies I do lots of work with some great ones) is your comp plan capped? it’s a two-part challenge we can cover in more detail at another time but the first is often the number they set is used to control how much you can earn, and secondly what happens when you hit the cap is critical

Finally, when it comes to reaching your income goals does your comp plan have a recurring revenue piece? Does it change based on previous sales and ongoing client business? This use to be mainly in the insurance, and finance world but now is in SaaS, Software, and Services organizations across a variety of industries.

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Tim Kubiak is a Business Geek, Nomad, Aging Metal Head, Nerd, & Coffee Addict. Plus the only big guy at Hot Yoga. For over 25 years he's been building high-performance sales teams globally. With over 2 billion in lifetime sales in goods and services. Tim works as a coach mentor with Founders, Business Owners, Executives, and High Performing individuals to transform companies, bring new solutions to market and achieve their professional goals.

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