Your First Lesson in Selling
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!
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Father of 5 children, husband to 1 amazingly patient woman, entrepreneur, and education advocate.