This sounds tame and lame in comparison. I canvassed 'door to door' when I was in college. It was like 250 bucks a week (a LOT for me) IF you made the minimum (which I always did, lots of folks didn't and then you got 10% of what you made - yeah, ****ed up). We got dropped off in the middle of neighborhoods we didn't know. Sometimes the ghetto. I got a knife pulled on me (not the first time). A crazy woman chased me with a bat yelling about how the government lost her boy in Vietnam. It was an awful
job. No one wants someone coming to their door. I am not a good salesman. It sucked.
And, one day, I was working and it was pouring, I was in Marin (Mill Valley) - nice place - lots of cabins and cool houses. One had a very long wooden staircase. I slipped at the top and fell all the way down. Tore the ligaments in my right knee. I got dropped like a turd. No workers comp. Nothing. Goodbye, see ya later. That pretty much screwed me. I could barely afford tuition, but I got a job waiting tables and washing dishes at a retirement home.
Like I said, seems tame by comparison. It's a sucky way to make money, though. Pretty corrupt, too. I see kids wandering around with clipboards now, and I always help them out, tell them which houses to go to. They always look MISERABLE.
BTW, they are trained to not take no for an answer. Someone comes to your door and you want them gone, here's the magic words: "What you are doing is hard, and I appreciate that. I'll save you some time. I'm not interested at all
, but good luck." Then you smile and close the door. Or if you're feeling nice, I can't tell you how much I appreciated a cold glass of water sometimes.
Pretty much anything else just makes them try harder.
I just remembered. Funny story. So, I was canvassing in Marin and I walked about 1/2 mile down a long dirt road to a mansion in the redwoods. Walked up and there was a porsche, ferrari, and lambo in the driveway with a guy in a black suit cleaning the spotless cars. He nodded. I rang the bell and a BEAUTIFUL woman (supermodel) opened the door and smiled. There were other staggeringly beautiful women practically naked milling about. The woman goes, "Hey, there's a guy at the door!" Male voice from the back, "Well, what does he want." She looked at me and smiled. "Money" The guys yells back, "Well, give him some!"
I think she gave me $100. All I wanted was to go inside that house and never leave (I was 19).