Just finished my first day no horror stories thankfully. I hit about 50 houses and everyone is pretty receptive.
I know the turn out rate is low for door to door buts its getting the name out their. And our logo is very pro so thats a plus.
A word on marketing. The guy I work for got most of his clients through craigslist. And the rest through door to door. He said the newspaper ad is worthless. [/quote]
newspaper ads are pretty worthless, but really no advertising medium is all that great if you compare the exposure to the generated business.
door to door is actually great because people remember you, even if they are not looking for a pool guy, they will remember when they do need one (unlike a newspaper or even tv ad) and if you give them a flier after talking with them, all the better. the more relational the better.
the mouse guy from ny was spot on with the word of mouth though, wom is recognized as the number one generator, or killer, of business of course you have to develop business first.
for what it’s worth, i’m a marketing student in an accredited university a semester from graduating, i’m the president of our collegiate chapter of the american marketing association and i’ve done door to door. i think you are definately on the right track, but it sounds like this guy has you out doing shit you could do yourself, and then he pays you a part of all the work you are doing.
you ought to consider getting your own supplies and reaping all the profit for your labor. what does your boss do for you?