This Isabella from Spencer, NY, she was NYPENN’s top seller in 2015 for the Fall Product Program (learn more about it here), selling a grand total of $1,145 worth of product (nuts, candy, and magazines).
“I set a goal on how much to sell,” Isabella said. “In order to reach my goal, I made my list of people who I wanted to ask. I went door-to-door, online, and shared with family and friends what my goal was. I like product sales because the troop gets to have fun after I sell the nuts and candy.”
For Isabella, it’s about raising money for her troop, so they can do amazing things together.
“When she makes her list, I provide her with transportation to folks within our rural neighborhood, phone numbers, emails etc.,” her mom, a troop and service leader, said. “She did the talking, emailing and the delivering of course with my assistance and supervision. I then feel that I have done my role as parent in supporting her to be successful. She gets the incentives, she does the work, right down to sorting out the orders when in and including personalized thank you notes-cards for each person who ordered.”
The product sale does help build up business skills. But it helps them realize how much a group of people can accomplish together. Her money, along with the money from her other troop members will allow them to go on trips, fund community service projects, and more.
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