It seems to be getting tougher and tougher to raise money in today’s economy, but there’s one way you can seemingly never go wrong today: cookies. If your group or organization is looking to add funds to their coffer, a cookie bake sale is an ideal choice, and putting it together may be far easier than you ever imagined.
How to Have a Cookie Bake Sale
Step 1: Choose a good location.
You can’t have a bake sale if you don’t have a place to hold one, and this initial step can be trickier than you think. You need to select a spot where there are lots of hungry people who are willing to support your cause or organization. Places like soccer games and local concerts always work well, but you don’t have to wait for a special event if you select a spot where there’s already a lot of foot traffic. You can ask your local grocery store for permission to have a bake sale on their property. You could even select a great spot that gets lots of foot traffic on weekends in your community as the ideal location. Make certain, before you set up anywhere, that no permits are required for that location.
Step 2: Collect Volunteers.
It can be tough to run a cookie bake sale on your own, so you’ll want to choose plenty of volunteers to help. You not only need help selling your cookies on bake sale day, but you’ll also need help preparing them, and while some people will be willing to help on both accounts, you may get many who can just help at one point or another. Consider using your group’s email list to get as many volunteers as possible or post something on your Facebook or Twitter account to help jumpstart the volunteer drive.
Step 3: Start Promoting the Sale.
If it’s just you and your volunteers behind a table of baked good all day, you’re going to have one lonely sale, so make certain you work hard at promoting your sale for real success. Use your social media accounts as well as the more traditional signs and banners. You may even want to take out a small ad in the local paper. Don’t forget about great locations like free community bulletin boards as you work to find the best spots to advertise.
Step 4: Bake!
As you round up volunteers to bake, you may want to consider assigning them specific cookie treats to offer your customers plenty of variety. From the all-American chocolate chip cookie to delicious delicacies like Russian tea cakes, you can even create cookie gift baskets! Get creative as you plan out what to have ready. Be sure to set your prices to reflect the needs of your community, and you may want to have baked goods packaged in advance of the sale to help speed things up while you work. Don’t hesitate to offer volunteers the option of bringing store-bought cookies, too, and if you can, offer healthier cookie options as well as nut-free choices too.
Step 5: Presentation Means Everything.
On sale day, don’t just pile everything in the middle of one lonely table. Work on presenting your cookies well. You may want to use creative tablecloths as well as a banner with the name of your organization on the front of the table. You’ll also want to make the prices very clear to potential customers so they don’t have to ask. Ensure everything looks beautiful, then start selling!
Step 6: Leftovers, Anyone?
Before the sale ever starts, work out a way to deal with the leftovers. Whether you donate them to another organization or all of the volunteers split them up and take them home, make certain you know what to do at the end of the day.
Cookie bake sales are great ways to make some cash for your organization, but a little advance planning goes a long way toward a successful sale.
Entrepremom’s Tips: Where to Get Supplies?
- Thearts (Bacoor/Dasmarinas) – Baking and packaging supplies, baking tools, etc. Facebook (Contact Hazel, Jean or Ronald)
- Chocolate Lovers (Cubao, QC) – Baking and packaging supplies, baking tools, etc. Facebook
- RM Boxes – packaging supplies Facebook