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Why Do You Pay Your Scouts Commission Instead of a Salary?

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This is another of those frequently asked questions here at JobNab. Why don’t we pay people for the actual work they put in day after day rather than the commission they do get paid?

For the uninitiated, JobNab hires Job Scouts to search for little-seen jobs in a regional market and post those to the JobNab system. The scout must then advertise that job to drive traffic to their job postings. When a user for JobNab pays to see the contact information for that job — between 39 and 99 cents per job — the scout is paid a percentage of that fee.

As some scouts quickly point out, they may post dozens of jobs and if no one purchases those jobs, then they don’t earn a paycheck. As was outlined in an earlier article, that’s the unfortunate reality of working on commission. But that doesn’t stop people from wondering why we have the system set up that way; why don’t we just pay people a salary or a small fee for each job posted?

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It’s Tax Time for JobNab Job Scouts

When Scouts are hired at JobNab, they are asked to fill out a W-9 Form. A W-9 form is used by the IRS for independent contractors or “freelancers”.  JobNab has chosen to classify scouts in this manner because of the commission nature of the job. The information on the W-9 will be used to produce a Form 1099 at the end of the year for tax purposes.

And guess what time of the year it is?

1099’s are making their way to the scouts who earned more than $600 this year right now. If you earned less than $600 as  a job scout, we’re not required to report it.

So what do you do with your 1099? Take it with you to whomever prepares your yearly taxes. If you plan on doing your taxes yourself, it’s probably best to use a tax preparation software such as Turbo Tax. In it will be fields to enter the information off of the 1099.

We strongly suggest that you seek assistance in filing taxes.  Picking up the forms yourself and trying to interpret the myriad of deductions and tax credits can be time consuming and difficult, especially when trying to rectify any quarterly estimated tax payments you’ve been making. There are several places online that will help you prepare your taxes, often for as little as $20. But if you regularly claim mortgage interest, child care, and many other deductions it will probably be best to have a certified tax preparer assist you.

When do Job Scouts get paid?

Here’s another one from the “Frequently Asked Questions File”. It’s an understandable question, but it’s not a simple answer.

First, it needs to be understood that the position is commission based. Any current Job Scout knows this, so you all can go ahead and skip down to the next paragraph. For the newbies, Scouts are paid a commission of the jobs purchased that they posted. Users of JobNab are offered custom targeted lists of jobs in their field for free, but to get the link to go apply for any of those jobs they must pay a small fee (between 39 and 99 cents) or purchase a membership package. Scouts are paid portions of the individual fees everytime a member chooses one of the jobs they posted.

Actually, you veterans may want to hear this since you guys ask us a lot about this next part. If a user signs up for one of the monthly packages, the Job Scout whose job led the user to the site gets a portion of that monthly payment every month, for as long as that user remains a member. That means that one job you post today could continue to pay off for months or even years.

I know, you think I’m beating around the bush. I haven’t quite answered when Job Scouts get paid yet. I’m not trying to be evasive. You see, you have to understand the above part because too many people think that you get paid just for posting the jobs, which isn’t true. You can post dozens of jobs, but if users don’t purchase them you won’t earn a paycheck.

In fact, whenever a scout says that they didn’t get paid for their work, the most common answer is that they didn’t earn any commissions. This is usually because the scout in question did not post enough jobs or failed to properly advertise those positions on other boards. It’s usually not a matter of those scouts not getting paid, it’s a matter of them not doing their job properly.

For the record the second most common is that we have an undeliverable address and the checks are returned to us. We do everything in our power to redeliver that check as quickly as possible, but it’s a good idea to keep us updated whenever your contact information changes.

So, if as a scout you’ve earned enough commissions you get paid every two weeks. This week is a pay week for scouts (November 26th). The only other stipulation is that you have to accumulate at least five dollars ($5) in commissions since your last check for us to create a check and send it to you.

And that’s the long answer. If this still didn’t clear everything up, feel free to fire away with questions in the comments section below.