Take advantage of big events
Cookies draw lots of people from the community.
The key to holding a successful bake sale is having it at an important event in your school or community. This could be:
- First-day registration;
- A band concert;
- The spring play;
- Parent-teacher conferences.
Have everyone involved in your club bake one item and bring it to the sale. Remind bakers to follow proper hygiene while cooking, and to individually wrap items in plastic wrap. Goodies that look attractive sell best!
You don't need to advertise these events ahead of time because most people usually have an extra fifty cents on them to buy a cookie or brownie.
Make posters to hang, informing people at the event of your bake sale and directing them to your table.
Car washes are ALWAYS fun!A car wash is a little more difficult to plan. The most important factors of a car wash are:
Location. Ask a business in your town if you can hold it in their parking lot for half the day. Or try the parking lot at your school or church on a Saturday afternoon. Make sure your location has access to a water spigot.
Weather. Check the 7-day weather forecast online. It can make or break your car wash!
Labor. Ask people from your club or sport to sign up to work at the car wash. Car washes are fun and short, so you won't have a hard time finding people to help out.
Supplies. Ask everyone who signs up to bring a few washcloths and towels that they will keep with them to wash and dry the cars.
If you have access to a washer and dryer, you can keep your towels clean and dry. This way you skip the expense of buying thirty plus wash clothes.
The few expenses of a car wash include soap and advertising supplies (mainly poster board). Hang signs up around your town directing people to your car wash.
When the prom committee at my school held a car wash, we also had two or three people stand on the side of the road right in front of our car wash. They held signs directing the passing cars into the parking lot. This strategy worked very well and we ended up making almost five hundred dollars in three hours.
Now for the best way to make a big profit...