Door to door salesman

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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So far this month we have had at least four neighborhood children come to our door asking us to buy things for various fundraisers. We've bought magazines, popcorn, Girl Scout cookies, pledges for charity walks etc. Luckily my kids are young enough that they don't  get asked to participate into many fundraisers at school. We have the Market Day food that we can order, but only once or twice a year are we asked to participate in fundraisers that require other people ordering things. At that time I usually order something myself and call it a day.

But now my son is involved in the Cub Scouts and they are working on their annual popcorn fundraiser. The fund raiser really is the only way that the pack get money to have activities and events. The pack takes home a large majority of the sales from the popcorn drive. So there's certainly some motivation to sell the popcorn. My problem is that I don't have family nearby and that I make terrible terrible salesperson.

Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than asking people for money. I was never able to do it when I was younger and I can't do it now. Even standing around while Matthew does it is painful for me. While he is excited about the idea of selling popcorn, I just can't bring myself to take him door to door. Especially since there are several Cub Scouts in our neighborhood and the others have already come by. So I bought some popcorn and my mother has kindly bought some popcorn and we've done a shift at the table at Sam's Club.

But I don't think anytime in the near future my kids will be breaking any sales records. And their barrier to that is simply me. I'm just not good at it or comfortable with it. Maybe when they're old enough to go out completely on their own I will let them do that if they are motivated, but I won't push them to, as I know how difficult it can be.

Do your kids have to sell anything for school or activities? Do you go door-to-door with them or simply ask family and friends?

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