Questions I'm frequently asked.
Thought I'd put them here for everyone's sake.
Thanks for asking!
Johanna, are you accepting new clients for speaking, brand ambassadorships or influencers?
Yes. Best thing to do is set up a call with me so we can chat more. You can do that below. Keep reading.
Once I hire you as my agent, how does it work? What can I expect of you, Johanna? What do you expect of me?
Great question! I'm so glad you asked.
You can expect me to hustle on your behalf, negotiate on your behalf, ask for more money than you would for a speaking engagement, brand partnership or collaboration, strengthen your network by doing consistent outreach.
You can expect me to always have you on my mind. You can expect me to make introductions of you, for you and to you of people who I think you should meet. You can expect seemingly random ideas from me that may or may not seem to have something to do with you.
I promise it will all come full circle.
I'm another set of eyes and ears for you, pitching you and keeping your name top of mind.
I expect you to be engaged with me, to respond to my texts, emails and calls when I need your feedback, input or approval.
I expect you to be on your shit. You're organized and responsive. You are ready to show up and do work with me. You pay on time and behind the scenes you aren't scattered, a hot mess or caught up in your drama, personal or professional.
I expect you to be able to roll with the punches, to handle a "no" or "not right now" from your favorite brand and to approach this like a marathon not a sprint.
I expect you to be okay with risk. I will ask for more money for a partnership than you would - that's why you hired me.
I expect you to hustle along with me, creating content, perfecting your speech, working your client deliverables, dreaming up possible partnerships, feeding me ideas of places and people you like to connect with. I expect you to make introductions of me to your network.
This is a partnership. We work in tandem to support each other, to help the other do their job and to keep the energy, opportunity and connections flowing.
How do you earn money, Johanna? Is it commission based? Is there a retainer fee?
There are two ways I earn money.
One way is we begin our first 90 days together with a monthly retainer of $2,000/month + 10% of any deals, speaking engagements and partnerships I negotiate on your behalf. This structure is best for clients who want help with pitching and are looking to build their brand. Great for clients who currently have consistent $6,000+/months.
Another way is strictly a commission based structure. I earn 20% of all the deals, speaking engagements and partnerships I negotiate on your behalf. This structure is best for clients who are already consistently booking activations and speaking gigs.
Ultimately I want you to earn money (lots of it) because that's how I earn money (lots of it).
I'm very invested in your success. My goal is to use the 90 days to build you a runway (which involves mostly me pitching you and reaching out on your behalf, doing cold calls, email follow-up and then more follow-ups) to build a flow of incoming opportunities.
The 90 days is also a chance to test each other out, to make sure it's a good match for both of us and it feels right.
Can you guarantee me that you'll land me speaking gigs, brand ambassadorship or partnerships?
I have zero control over who hires you, who is looking for a speaker, who wants you to represent their brand, who wants to partner with you, when they want you and for how much.
What I can guarantee you is that I will pitch and promote you to the best of my ability.
This is a marathon, not a sprint.
It's a business based on relationships, follow up and follow through. Lucky for you, all things I'm good at. Better yet, I enjoy doing them.
Chances are you hate asking for money and pitching yourself. That's exactly what you hire me for.
How do I know if I'm a good fit to work with you Johanna?
Yet another great question. I don't want to waste your time and I'm sure you don't want to waste mine if we're not the right fit for each other. Here are some Q's to ask yourself that will determine if we should hop on the phone:
>> Am I making money on my blog/website or with speaking engagements? If yes, how much per month on average? If yes, is it more or less than $5,000/month?
>> How many times a month am I working with brands or doing paid speaking gigs? 0-1, 2-4, 5+ times per month?
>> Am I building my business (becoming established and known in the space to earn consistent income) or am I growing my business (scaling it, expanding my brand and upleveling it)?
>> How do I handle risk?
>> What's my mindset around money?
If you're already making consistent, reliable income with your brand/website/speaking, you have consistent, established partnerships and are looking for a partner to grow your business, then click on the button below to schedule a call.
If you don't yet have consistent, reliable income from your brand/website, keep at it. You're doing a great job and perhaps we'll connect in the future.