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!

Death By Girl Scout Cookies – Losing Weight

Girl Scout cookie season is upon us and I was determined not to buy boxes and boxes of cookies this year. However, I was a Girl Scout as a little girl and believe in supporting the cause. So, I decided to purchase one box, and one box only.

No, I did not purchase those gooey, luscious, striped, caramel and coconut covered Samoas that I love so well. Nor did I fall prey to purchasing those silky tasting Thin Mints. Nope. I was determined to be smarter and wiser this year, seriously focus on my commitment to losing some weight. I purchased the Shortbread cookie that has a thin layer of chocolate on the back – my least tempting ones. My daughter and my niece love chocolate. Either or both were bound to want these cookies. I was feeling rather proud of myself… what a thoughtful mother/aunt I am.

Hah! As fate would have it, both were happy about my purchase until they found out it was the Girl Scout Shortbread cookies. “Any kind but those” they said almost simultaneously. No worries, I thought. I shall give them away to a friend. Day after day those cookies sat on my kitchen counter, beckoning and calling my name each time I walked past. I have GOT to get these cookies out of my house! They are going to be the death of me!

A week passed. Then another. Working on a project at my kitchen table around 1:30am one morning, I got an uncontrollable urge for ‘something sweet’. You guessed it! I unabashedly opened that box and ate two of those cookies. Darn, Sherry. You’ve got to be strong. Now I thought, how can I give anyone a partial box of cookies (Isn’t it amazing how we can rationalize anything if we think about it long enough?). As the other side of fate would have it, a couple more days passed, and those cookies didn’t live to see the light of day outside of my house. Once I opened the box, those cookies didn’t stand a chance!

Lesson learned. While I do believe in supporting causes, I can simply make a donation and walk away… without the cookies in hand. I can also choose to NOT bring sweets and tempting goodies into my home… free choice/free will. Final lesson, getting an insufficient amount of rest can derail your will power.

Have you ever fallen hard for the taste of Girl Scout cookies? Let me hear from you.

Wrist Tattoos For Girls – How to Get to the Absolute Best Artwork Sites

I hope you prepared yourself for seeing galleries full of generic wrist tattoos for girls. They way most people look for them, they head right over to every generic laced artwork site, without even realizing what’s occurring. It’s all in how you’re “searching” for tattoo sites and one very quick change can drastically improve the quality and originality of the wrist tattoos for girls you get to see.

Most people are perfectly content with weeding through pages filled with cookie cutter tattoo art. That’s all they ever see, so they don’t even think about the better artwork that might be out there. Just so you know, though, looking through nothing but generic designs is a sure way to end up with a generic tattoo on yourself. People who do this will always regret putting such a cookie cutter tat on their body, though. With that said, let me ask a quick question: Why do you think so many people fail to find sites that have great wrist tattoos for girls?

The answer to this is pretty straight forward. It’s because of the fact that people, by simple instinct, go right over to a search engine to look for tattoo sites. There once was a time when they were fabulous tools for locating the galleries that had real, high quality artwork, but not any more. All they throw your way now is a long, long list of places that pack their servers with generic junk, just so they can say they have a huge database of artwork to choose from. If you want nothing to do with cookie cutter wrist tattoos for girls, let me share the next tip, which will solve this problem.

It comes down to using the powers of large forums. Simply put, it’s the absolute best way to get informed about the sensational tattoo sites that pother people have found over the years. It works like this: Large forums have large archives. These simple archive sections are plastered with topics about tattoo artwork, too. You just need to pick out a couple of the bigger topics, dive in and scan them. So much great knowledge is tucked away in here, including all kinds of names and links of the superb artwork galleries people have found. It’s all shared throughout those topics, leading you to crisp, well drawn wrist tattoos for girls. Once you compare real artwork with generic stuff, you’ll laugh at how cookie cutter that junk is.

There aren’t many ways of looking for wrist tattoos for girls to begin with, but one way leads you to much better artwork.