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!

Shrek Gingerbread Man Cookies and Crafts

GINGERBREAD MAN FOAM OR WOOD MAGNETS

Materials:

Light brown craft foam or craft wood in shape of gingerbread man

Acrylic paints – light brown, white, red, light blue and purple

Ribbon or Stick-on magnets

Method:

Using this Gingy picture as a guide, cut out brown craft foam in the shape of a gingerbread man. If you prefer, use craft wood in the shape of a gingerbread man and paint it light brown.

Using white paint, detail eyes, cuffs, and belt. Add blue eyebrows, red mouth, and purple buttons. (Of course you can use your own colors, but it won’t look exactly like our Gingy!) -Glue a ribbon to the top to make an ornament or a magnetic strip to make a magnet.

Gingerbread Man: Fire up the ovens, Muffin Man! We’ve got a big order to fill! [lightning flashes] IT’S ALIIIIVE!

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GINGERBREAD MAN “GINGY” COOKIES

1 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. ground cloves

2 tbsp. vinegar

5 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tbsp. ginger

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup molasses

1 egg

Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar, and salt. Stir in eggs, molasses, and vinegar. Beat well. Sift dry ingredients, stir into molasses mixture. Chill 3 hours.

On lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/8 inch thick. Use gingerbread boy and girl cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 5 minutes. Decorate, using the Gingy picture as a guide. Makes 5 to 6 dozen, depending on size of cookie cutter.

Shrek: Do you still know the muffin man?

Gingerbread Man: He’s down on Drury Lane. Why?

Shrek: Because we’re gonna need flour. Lots and lots of flour.

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MAKE GINGY FROM PUMPKIN PLAYDOH

5 1/2 Cups Flour

2 Cups Salt

8 teaspoons Cream of Tartar

3 1/2 Cup Oil

1 1/2 ounces Pumpkin Pie Spice

Orange Food Coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red)

4 Cups Water

Mix all of the ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until lumps disappear. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth. Makes plenty for a group.

Gingerbread Man: Well, folks, it looks like we’re up chocolate creek without a popsicle stick!

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MAKE GINGY FROM PLAY CLAY

2 c. baking soda (1 lb.)

1 c. cornstarch

1 1/4 c. cold water

liquid food coloring of choice

Acrylic or poster paints

Varnish, shellac or clear nail polish (opt.)

Stir together baking soda and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add water and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. When mixture is consistency of moist mashed potatoes, turn into a bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let cool.

When Play Clay has cooled, it will have consistency of modeling clay. Use to form your Gingerbread Man. Unused Play Clay may be stored in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator. Return to room temperature before using again.

Relatively flat items (1/8″ thick) should dry overnight. Thicker objects take longer to dry. To shorten drying time, place clay objects in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Watch closely so items do not crack.

Color may be added to clay in several ways. Add liquid food coloring to clay as it is being made or paint finished objects, after they’ve hardened and dried, with acrylic or poster paints.

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Good Tattoos For Girls – Locate Unbelievable Artwork Collections

If you’re still trying to find a site that has good tattoos for girls, you’re not alone. You wouldn’t believe how many females are struggling day in and day out to find places that have even a “tiny” collection of original, high quality design choices. So much cookie cutter junk is bring thrown on the net, but one fast change to how you look for good tattoos for girls will bring you to a whole new level of artwork.

I love sharing this info, because I thoroughly enjoy helping people see the best artwork available on the net. Way too many people end up seeing such low quality artwork and it’s usually caused by one main thing: Search engines. Yes, the tool that we all know and love is actually terrible at supplying us with decent lists of artwork galleries. When you use one to find good tattoos for girls, you get nothing but galleries that are packed to the brim with cookie cutter junk. It’s time to put a halt to this, because people who stare at tons of generic artwork will usually end up with a cookie cutter tat. 99.9% of them will eventually regret putting that basic artwork on themselves, though.

So, how do you finally locate amazing artwork? It’s pretty simple, actually. You start using large forums to your advantage when surfing for good tattoos for girls. Absolutely nothing works better at bringing you right to the amazing artwork sites you’ve been missing out on. Just pick any big kind of forum and head over to their archives. So many past topics about tattoo artwork can be picked through and many of the topics will be littered with names and links to the unbelievable galleries that other females have found. It gives you the surest way to dive into tons of good tattoos for girls, for any given style choice you want. It’s beats the heck out of clicking through hundreds of generic designs.

You can make any style into good tattoos for girls, but you need to stay away from cookie cutter design choices.