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No Work At The Farmer’s Market

Kid covered in chocolate

I went to work at the farmer’s market and walked up to a booth selling maple syrup.

Kid covered in chocolate

Good and good for you.

“Have you guys been open a long time?” I asked the dude behind the counter.

One of the two operators was in conversation with the other one, and looked a little annoyed at my question.

“Yeah, we’ve been open 28 years” he told me.

“So do you need any extra help? I can work for free” I said.

“It’s kind of just us right now” he replied, and went back to the conversation.

I tried again with two other booths and got similar results.

Here’ the video debrief:

Key Takeaways and Lessons for Next Time:

1.  Point Out Exactly Where You Can Help

All three booths I asked probably needed help carrying boxes, but they wouldn’t have thought of it themselves. By not bringing it up, I was making them think too much.

2. Get Inside Their Heads

If I were a farmer’s market vendor, my biggest worry would be not selling enough goods for the day to cover the rest of the week.

Had I made signs, flyers or other marketing materials and handed them out for free, owners would be much more receptive to bringing me on because I’d actually be solving a problem they have.

3.  The Homeless Have It Pretty Bad

The main reason for this challenge was to prove how easy getting out of homelessness would be. If I were in an actual life or death situation, maybe I would have done better, but getting work at random locations is definitely harder than I thought.

What’s the next challenge going to be? We’ll have to wait and find out.

-Alex

P.S. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done in the last two weeks? Let me know in the comments.

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