“Why so early,” I yelled back. I was already in bed and was not getting up to hold a conversation.
“I have to help run the school store as part of my marketing class.”
My son arrived on time for his duty, but things didn’t go as smoothly as he thought they would. When he got home from school, he shared his experience with me.
“Let me tell you what happened at the school store. First of all, no one from my group showed up. I had to arrange the products, run back and forth to fill the orders and take the money.”
“Welcome to the world of business,” I said.
“That’s not all, everybody kept asking for change but no one want to make a purchase.”
As a result of his experience, my son came with a few tips for operating a sales business.
1. Require that the customer make a purchase in order to receive change for his money.
2. Have a plan in case employees don’t show up to work.
3. Know all aspects of the job in case employees don’t show up as scheduled.
The next week at school, my son had to run the store again…at 7:10am. This time he had more help AND he told his customers they had to make a purchase in order to receive change. One student only purchased a $.25 item, but the principle of the idea was there.
What tips would you give a teen for operating a business?