11 Things Small Business Owners Can Learn From Girl Scout Cookies

1. Train – The Girl Scouts use cookie sales to teach important life skills. Take advantage of the opportunity to develop your team members…or hire a coach to help you.

2. Start Early – The best cookie sellers start knocking on doors the first day, and deliver their cookies as soon as they arrive. “The early bird gets the worm” seems to work everywhere.

3. Know Your Value – Girl Scout Cookies taste good and you get to help kids in your community. Make sure you provide similar great value to your customers.

4. Remember Your Manners – As you learned as a girl (or boy), always say “please” and “thank you”…to customers (even when they don’t buy), vendors and your team members.

5. Dress The Part – Brownies and Girl Scouts take pride in wearing their uniforms. Make sure everyone in your small business knows they only get one chance to make a first impression.

6. Go Deep – Girl Scouts reach out to family, friends and, of course, their parents’ co-workers. Ask everyone you know for referrals to expand your prospect list and grow your business.

7. Up-Sell – Did you know Thin Mints and Caramel deLites are impulse buys? As you learned in that first retail job, always ask the customer if they would like a belt or tie with that shirt.

8. Differentiate – Girl Scout Cookies are available once each year, and you can freeze them. Can you express what makes your products/services stand out in 13 or fewer words?

9. Rehearse – Young girls are taught to practice their sales presentations in front of family and friends before meeting neighbors. Make sure to practice yours before and selling opportunities.

10. Be Prepared – The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts share this motto. When asked, “For what?” Boy Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell replied, “Why, for any old thing.” Good advice.

11. Be Careful Crossing Streets – Pretty basic, yes? Keep your eyes focused on the essential parts of your small business. There are lots of cars out there…and they move really fast!

Cute Girl Tattoos – Where is the Fresh, Well Drawn Artwork?

There’s really no point to looking for cute girl tattoos if all you see is the same generic stuff. The sadder part is that this is occurring more often, because over 80% of you won’t even locate “one” website that has good, well drawn tattoo art. Most will just wander through the same cookie cutter images over and over again. I’ll tell you the easy way around this, though, so it’s easy once again to find good, cute girl tattoos right now.

There is a wrong path and a right path to start hunting for great tattoo artwork If you start doing it the wrong way, you’ll be brought to so many cookie cutter laced websites that your head will explode. If you start doing it the right way, you’re going to be rewarded with websites that really do take the effort to put up the best artwork possible. It’s that simple. Let me begin by telling you how to “not” look for cute girl tattoos.

You don’t want to use search engines. They are absolutely horrible at bringing you to the websites that actually have good artwork in their galleries. All they bring up are these copy cat type websites that always throw any and all generic junk they can find in their database. Search engines bring these pales up because they have tons of artwork, but what’s the point if every gallery of cute girl tattoos is the same cookie cutter stuff that thousands of other women have already used? That’s the scary part. Any generic design you see at that gallery has probably been inked on no less than 500 women.

Now that we have hat out of the way, let’s talk about the “right” way to look for cute girl tattoos. The right way is by using forums. Big forums to be exact. To put it bluntly, it’s the absolute best way to pull up so many of the hidden websites that have amazing artwork for your next tattoo. Big forums have huge archive section and inside of those archives are hundreds of past topics on various tattoo related subjects.

So many of them will have insider info, such as the websites where other women have uncovered truly great artwork. All it takes is a little browsing on your part and you can find so many tattoo galleries that have sensational cute girl tattoos, without having to weed through 900 pages of generic designs. That’s what it all comes down to.

There is an enormous different between quality drawn cute girl tattoos ad the same cookie cutter stuff that has been floating around for over 10 years.

Girls’ Night In

I had the privilege of being invited to the home of my 86 year old neighbor. Her objective was to teach me how to make her delicious Scottish shortbread cookies. What fun we had measuring, stirring, chatting and baking. She is an incredible woman and I discovered that night that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to plan an enjoyable girls’ night in.

In this fast paced world, we often forget just how amazing simplicity can be. Some of the best moments in life are remembered fondly because they were spent building relationships, enjoying each other’s company, and discovering the histories that shaped us and the dreams that propel us forward.

So, the next time you’re searching for the perfect activity to share with your friends, why not keep it simple and invite them over for an evening of baking, cooking, scrapbooking or any other activity or hobby you all enjoy. Learn from each other and enhance the depth of your friendships.

I wish you could all meet my 86 year old neighbor, but since you can’t, I’ll share with you what she shared with me… her recipe for Scottish shortbread cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup fruit sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 2 cups sifted all purpose flour

Instructions:

  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add rice flour and stir to a creamy consistency.
  • Gradually work in the flour (using a sifter).
  • Knead the mixture till smooth.
  • Note: You may not need all of the flour. When there is about 1/4 of a cup of flour left, start kneading the mixture so that you will be able to feel when the dough changes from too wet to just right.
  • Heat the oven to 300 degrees.
  • Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces and pat each piece into its own 8 inch foil pie plate.
  • Run a knife around the edge of the dough about an eighth of an inch from the sides.
  • Precut the dough into the number of slices/pieces you would like to have upon completion (You will use these same lines to cut the cookies out after baking.
  • Prick each piece several times with a fork.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and then turn the oven down to 275 degrees.
  • Bake for 25-40 minutes to complete (depending on your baking pans and oven).
  • Remove from oven, cut, cool and enjoy with a hot beverage and good friends.

Note: You can make these cookies in other pans and cut them into different shapes and sizes. What you MUST get right is the texture of the dough and the pierce marks before baking. Also, be careful not to overbake.

Keep it Simple! Make it Fun!