Offer free appointments to VIPs who can get you customers.
How does it work?
These work like the trial appointment you cooked when you applied.
- Customers choose from a limited menu.
- You cook a single dinner and forgo your shift pay.
- Dinner Elf reimburses you for groceries and staples.
Why would I do this?
If you're new to Dinner Elf, this is an easy way for people to try your service. For the free dinner, ask them for favors in return.
- reviews (builds trust)
- recommendations on social media (lots of leads)
- new fundraisers (lots of leads)
- new group gifts (lots of leads)
- gifts to friends (new customers)
- repeat appointments (more business)
Who should I ask?
Offer complimentary appointments to people in your personal or community network with strong ties to affluent families or people in seasons of need.
- big social media users with lots of followers
- school PTA officers
- sports team coaches or parent managers
- girl/boy scout troop leaders
- church leaders who organize meal trains
- office managers who organize employee gifts for paid time off
- successful real estate agents who give closing gifts
From your get customers page, get an email template to send to your VIP. This will include instructions for you and them.
Q: Do I get paid for these complimentary appointments?
A: No, this is an optional marketing tool. You give up shift pay, and Dinner Elf reimburses you for your groceries and staples.
Q: Do I need to open a spot in my schedule?
A: No, the page your send your VIP won't be linked to your public schedule.
Q: How should I ask for favors in return for cooking?
A: When cooking for them, learn more about their connections in the community (e.g. PTA, church) and make requests in person. They'll also receive a pre and post-appointment email with ideas to promote you.
Q: Can I do as many of these as I'd like?
A: We generally limit new chefs to offering three complimentary dinners. If you have a need to offer more, please email us.
Q: Can I give this to my mom just to be nice?
A: No, only offer these to people who might get you lots of new customers. Since Dinner Elf pays for reimbursements, please don't abuse this offer.