Get Career Advice From Girl Scouts (They Know What They're Doing!)
As delicious as Girl Scout cookies may be, those tempting boxes don't move themselves. It's up to some 1.9 million young girls to sell them each year. And while they may be young, these girls can take their business-savvy to the bank. (That's probably why Money magazine profiled five of the Girl Scouts' top sellers this month.) Luckily, their best advice goes well beyond knowing the difference between Thin Mints and Samoas. You can take their tips into work, too.
Tip 1: Network like your cookie sales — err, job — depends on it
Julia Vieira Reis, an 11-year-old scout, has a personal record of selling 2,200 boxes of cookies. And it wasn't luck that led to those sales. According to "Money," Reis printed business cards with her personal cookie website and her mother's phone number, then left them with customers as she went door to door. "That way, if they need any more, they can call you," she told the magazine. "So you can continue to get sales."
Tip 2: Have an elevator pitch
Fifteen-year-old Najah Lorde doesn't go into her Girl Scout cookie sales blind. She whips out a prepared sales pitch that's been shown to work. "I try to get them to buy a little more than they originally wanted," she told Money. "Say they wanted to buy two boxes [for $8]. I'll say, 'Well, I mean, if you buy five boxes, that's just $20, so instead of giving me a bunch of bills, you can just give me one bill and then we're good to go.'"
Tip 3: Play well with others
Dierdre Moore's key to success? Working with other scouts to crush their goals. The 17-year-old — who has a personal record of selling 3,624 boxes of cookies — knows that teamwork makes the dream work. Working with others, she told the magazine, is "definitely an advantage, especially if there are two doors at a Walmart. We can get both doors."
Tip 4: Go after what you really want
Twelve-year-old Althea Collier doesn't live in a neighborhood where she can sell cookies door to door, so she parks herself in front of Columbia University to snag sales. But it wasn't an easy move for the shy girl. "I was really scared the first time we did it," she told Money. "I didn’t get many sales that day, because I really just wanted to go home." But she didn't give up. "The next time I decided to really put myself out there," Althea said. "I told myself to be brave. I always try to sell out."
Tip 5: Be creative
Competing against younger sellers isn't easy for 17-year-old Cassidy Hunt. "People usually want to buy their cookies from a little girl with pigtails," she told the magazine. "I have to put a little more work into it." Hunt doesn't try to cute herself up to compete, though. Instead, she makes her sales pitch stand out by focusing on the philanthropy angle of the annual fundraiser. It works well for Hunt — her personal record is 3,500 boxes of cookies.
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