Although not an inclusive list, the following tips and strategies should be considered and are encouraged:

NOTE: Only 9th – 12th grade are permitted to do door-to-door sales and it is not a required activity. No 8th graders permitted per Shelby County Board of Education rules.

  • Teamwork. Team with an adult or another high school student when you go door ­to door.
    • Be more efficient in neighborhoods by coordinating with other teams
    • Do not go into places where you are out of the line of sight with your fundraising partner
    • We encourage you (and your team/parents) to wear your favorite Collins Band shirt, so that customers can easily tell who you are representing and fundraising for
  • Neighborhoods. Fundraise in areas that you are familiar with
  • Transporting money. Do not carry cash in the open
  • Time of Day. Visit homes only in daylight.
  • Safety. 
    • Do not go into any house, no matter who lives there
    • If a customer says or does anything to make you feel uncomfortable, excuse yourself and leave immediately. Promptly report your concerns to the school sponsor or Principal.
  • Make a “cheat sheet.” Develop a written spiel to say to potential buyers/donors in case you get nervous. On the back are answers to basic questions donors might ask, such as, “When will I get my popcorn? Mid-November. Can I pay you later? Yes.” Know what the fundraising goal is (playground or sports equipment, computers for the classroom, getting to camp, etc.) and answers to questions like, “Who should I make the check out to?”
  • Set goals. If your child has a goal of selling 100 candy bars and has sold 75, he should tell customers that. You might find someone (like me!) who will buy those last 25 because they want to help your kid out.
  • Have your child talk to friends in the neighborhood who are selling the same thing so they can each map out their territory instead of inundating every house.
  • Get together with a group of kids (and parents) selling the same item, and hang out outside a church or grocery store (call first!).
  • Repeat after me, kids: “It never hurts to ask.” Selling in person shows courage. Dealing with rejection can be tough, so explain reasons people may say no, like they might be on a special diet, out of work or paying off debt, or they have been inundated with kids coming to their door and have already bought too much.
  • Always carry fundraising materials with you. Hit people up when you go to the dentist, doctor, family events, your mom and/or dad’s workplace.
  • Keep good records to make the next fundraiser a snap. Copy order forms before turning them in, then make notes on your copy about who was open to donating and who should be skipped next time.
  • Don’t feel obligated to buy. Tell every potential donor that they have the option of writing a check directly to the organization and foregoing something they might not need.