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Just because you're not old enough to earn a paycheck doesn't mean you can't make some fast cash.
You Will Need
- A parent or guardian
- A Girl Scout uniform
- A cookie order form
- An enterprising spirit
- Other Girl Scouts
- A booth
Know your product
Get familiar with the different types of cookies—their names, flavors, and basic ingredients. Try them for yourself so you know what each one tastes like, and be sure to bone up on newly released varieties.
When approaching potential buyers, introduce yourself, make eye contact, and smile. Ask about their cookie preferences, and suggest other varieties they might enjoy. Don’t forget to wear your uniform proudly.
Location, location, location
Hawk your wares in high-traffic areas like schools, shopping centers, festivals, retirement communities, and offices. Be sure to get permission from whoever’s in charge before claiming your turf.
If you’re a sales veteran, call, visit, or email customers who have ordered from you in the past. Keep a written record of everyone’s name, phone number, email, and favorite cookie variety.
Join forces with other Girl Scouts and their parents to sell from a booth. Hanging out with friends is more fun than going solo, and you’ll be able to pool your resources to ramp up sales.
Why sell individual boxes when you can sell whole cases at once? Talk to local business owners about buying cookies in bulk to use as employee incentives or customer gifts.
Get a gimmick
Work with your troop to coin cool slogans, create posters using them, and even compose cookie jingles to sing while you sell.