Ideas for Success -
Know Your Limit


"It is no disgrace to start all over. It is usually an opportunity."

George Matthew Adams

Plink & Than... (What's that???)

You've set a goal, you've picked a fundraiser, you've got a group that is excited, we're ready! WAIT you must know your limit. I'm not here to crush your dreams, just to make you think and plan (or your result might be...Plink & Than).

Be in communication with other team/clubs in your area. Is there an activity calander for your community? If not start one, especially online. Get your garage sale on it, get your concert on it - and the sooner the better! There is very little ponit in trying to sell cookies during the Girl Scout Cookie sales month. You may be selling awesome cookies, but seriously... you are going to go up against the Girl Scout Machine? Good luck with that one!

Be realistic on the number you are trying to sell. Remember selling candy may seem "easy" but if your market is the high school you don't want to flood your market. Let's say the 40 students on the National Honor Society want to each sell 10 cases of 40 candy bars. That's 16,000 candy bars! Let's say you have 200 kids in each class, so 800 in the high school. That means EVERY student in the school has to buy 20 candy bars. Considering you can only sell them in the hall between classes, maybe your lucky and that's 5 minutes. Quickly you should figure out that you've ordered too many candy bars.

SO, although I sold 13 cases of candy in 8th grade, the majority of the people in my dancing studio sold much less. And yes, I use this as an example, because our dance studio did over order. I remember going to lessons and seeing cases just stacked up against the wall. It was like the Berlin Wall of M&M's! Although I was only 13 years old, I knew they screwed up! They didn't do their homework and find out that you can't sell candy at the middle school AND they didn't check with the vendor about a buy-back policy. So there the candy sat. I sold it. I sold lots of it. I was the top seller by far and I was never recognized for it. Nine years earlier, at age 4 was recognized for "top selling" dance tickets, my loyality was great, and not one "thank you". Do you think I signed up for dancing lessons the next fall? Nope. Fundraisers can have unintended consequences. Make sure to read Celebrate.

 
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