Summer Hours

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I'm wondering...when knocking early or late to avoid the summer heat, do you find 8am or dinner time to be effective? I often think I might piss people off being that early or during dinner. Also, how late do you go? 8pm? 9pm?

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Spiff answered this question earlier:
http://forums.registeredrep.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=8900
 
 

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That post is what inspired my question. If anyone has experiences with going out early or going out late, I was wondering what time they start or stop and why? Personally, I wouldn't want someone at my door before 10am or after 5pm; so I'm trying to learn from other's experiences. 

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Still@jones wrote:That post is what inspired my question. If anyone has experiences with going out early or going out late, I was wondering what time they start or stop and why? Personally, I wouldn't want someone at my door before 10am or after 5pm; so I'm trying to learn from other's experiences. 
Really, most people never want you at their door. .... The time you should doorknock is when they are at home. .... This job is about doing uncomfortable things. .... So if 24 people tell you to get lost because they're having dinner and one guy with an old 401k give you his phone then it's been a good evening. No fun, but that's what it is.  ... Until you get referral centers and $25 million in assets at 1 percent.

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IMHO, and this is jsut what worked for me, but going from 4-7pm works well.
 
The early morning thing never worked.  Too many people scrambling to get ready and mothers in pajamas.
 
After 7:00, parents are trying to get kids ready for bed, and senior citizens think it's midnight. 
 
So, 4-7pm seems to be the only time that worked for me.  I wish I had realized that earlier on.  My days sort of went like this....doorknock from 9am-7pm.....from 9am-3pm, get about 3-7 people home...from 4-7pm, get about 15-20 people home (it takes longer at night because you talk to more people, so you bang on fewer doors).
 
I would go talk to businesses during the day.  Think about it, if a resident is home at 11:00am on a Tuesday, they are likely also home at 5:00 or 6:00pm.  So by only going in the evening, you aren't really missing anyone.
 
Oh and FYI, Saturdays have the same impact as weekday evenings, and often people are less "guarded" on Saturdays since they are more relaxed.
 

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B24 wrote:
The early morning thing never worked.  Too many people scrambling to get ready and mothers in pajamas.
 
One of the main reasons I like going doorknocking in the morning.  It's interesting what women will wear (or not wear) when answering the door. 
 

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Don't get me started.  Just a minute while I shut my door....

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4-7 is my money time. Retirees are home as well as working families.  If you get someone eating dinner hand them your card apologize for interrupting and come back earlier the next day.  They will remember you and thank you for not interrupting their dinner.

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Spaceman Spiff wrote:B24 wrote:
The early morning thing never worked.  Too many people scrambling to get ready and mothers in pajamas.
 
One of the main reasons I like going doorknocking in the morning.  It's interesting what women will wear (or not wear) when answering the door. 
 
 
That is the truth... I got invited in to a house by a guy and he tells me he wants to show me his statements(good so far) so he has me sit down in the living room on these red leather couches...He goes to grab his statements and I am sitting their and his wife walks by wearing just her thong and bra... She didn't know I was there, scared the crap out of her and she runs... yells at the husband for not telling her...Got a xfer of $200K from consolidating accts(now worth $500K with another rollover we did) and I have a good story to tell from it...

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