Your First Lesson in Selling 

 July 16, 2013

By  Oak Norton

If you don't ask you won't receive

If you don’t ask, you won’t receive.

How many times have you wanted something but didn’t ask for it? Maybe you’re a teenager and your friends are getting a bigger allowance.

Discuss: What prevents you from getting a raise?


  • Too young to do some chores
  • Family circumstances limit the amount of money available for an allowance
  • Parents don’t want to pay you more for what you’re doing
  • You’re nervous or shy about asking
  • It didn’t even cross your mind to ask for a raise

To get what you want requires a plan. You need to justify asking for the raise and not just ask for a raise because you’re older or your friends are making more money. If you’re shy or timid and don’t want to ask in person, you might put your request in a letter detailing your reasons for why your parents should give you a raise.

Discuss: What are some things you could offer to justify a higher allowance?

  • Increased chore load (ask for more work for more pay)
  • Independently doing the work without being asked to (you notice when it needs to be done and do it)
  • Look for things that need to be done that aren’t on your chore list and propose a pay rate to do that work

Once you’ve come up with your reasons, ASK!

(Featured image by Anastasia Vish @123rf.com)

Oak Norton

Father of 5 children, husband to 1 amazingly patient woman, entrepreneur, and education advocate.

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