The reason I am using commission rather then by the hour is because of limited start up money. I have leveraged this technique into my start-up's favour so we don't have to spend large amounts on start up marketing.
No, really? I never would have guessed. No matter how you dance around it, you don't want to spend any money.
So what was your original question? Oh yeah- "how can you prove to the suckers you talked into doing this that you didn't get one sale from any of the fliers that they passed out". Answer is you can't to anybody's satisfaction. All it's going to do is create ill will and possibly even legal issues which is a hell of a way to kick off a business.
I just love entrepreneurs who think they know all about business and decide to be lawn care moguls. I guess house flipping has lost it's charm.