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Street Promoting - do I need a license?

beerman1 Avatar
9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
Hi all,

Basically I can't go back to work due to family reasons so I need some work in between school hours or nightshift work.

I have an opportunity to promote my own little business and the best form of this is to approach people in Town Centre's and such.

Do I need a license to stand with a clip board and ask passers by a couple of questions?

is it illegal to knock on people's doors and ask questions?

Cheers.

Beer.
beerman1 Avatar
9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
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I would contact your local authority and possibly the police before 'cold calling' just to be on the safe side.

I do market research interviewing which is a good job if you need to fit it in between school and stuff.As we are registered with the market research society and carry full photo ID badges anyone that we call on can phone and check that we are bonafide in our activities(that sounded bad,should say work!) Also some jobs require us to register with the local police station that we will be working in the area(usually if interviewing under 16s)

Good luck with your business and if you would like to consider doing my sort of work as a stop gap,let me know and I will give you some details.My company is always looking for new interviewers:)
#2
Cheers pup.

The cold calling thing would be a last resort as I used to work for a security company selling alarm systems door to door and hated it. Mainly because we had to read from a script and must have sounded like a blumming robot. We had to contact the police bofore hand to let them know we are in the area (or should I say we did this anyhow, not sure if we had to by law though). But door to door is still in my mind somewhere as I have a great capture script offering them sonething for free and this includes capturing their email address and other contact details, then coming home to my PC and hitting them with my sales pitch via numerous emails so cold calling could well work. (And yes they still get their free product).

What I am really wanting to do is stand in a busy shopping area and catch people walking past offering them my free product. I believe doing business this way could give me up to a massive 5% strike rate. But I would need to know if I need some kind of license to do this or can I just go there with my clipboard and fire away?

Thanks for the offer though pup, you never know, I may try it one day.
#3
No problemo beerman:)

I mentioned it as the nice thing about my job is that it does not involve selling at all,just interviewing people for views and opinions,so whilst it is cold calling at peoples homes, as such, it is just to find willing respondents to surveys(mainly social research for govt depts,local authorities and large organisations) and some market research for large companies and charities etc.

I would still contact the council regards the street centre clipboard thing because even though you are not selling anything as such at that stage you would not want to be done for hawking or summat like that.

Most street workers(;-) ) have IDs as well and are regd to to do that sort of thing,you will not have these,though I suppose you could chance it and probably get away with it.

Be prepared for people to run a mile and suddenly veer to the other side of the street for no reason though! It's hilarious actually,sometimes I have chased people who are obviously trying to avoid being 'got' just for devilment:giggle:
#4
muckypup
No problemo beerman:)

Be prepared for people to run a mile and suddenly veer to the other side of the street for no reason though! It's hilarious actually,sometimes I have chased people who are obviously trying to avoid being 'got' just for devilment:giggle:


haha that's exactly what I do or I tell them 'if you can keep up with me you can ask all the questions you want' and walk off at 100mph... It's funny when they try to keep up!
#5
Muckypup, do you make a living from interviewing people or is it just a bit extra??

I am interested! :)
#6
Cold calling is one of the most painful things ever! I feel sorry for people working in call centres as I invariably get bored within a few seconds and hangup. I normally say 'Sorry, no' first though.
#7
birdyboyuk
Muckypup, do you make a living from interviewing people or is it just a bit extra??

I am interested! :)

A living.

I started doing this work as a 'put me on' after I was made redundant 9 years ago(cheers Maggie for privatising the utilities!:x )

I thought I would get a proper job when one came up,went back to retailing(grocery) and hated it,left after 16 months to return to market research again.

Thing is,you do get used to being your own boss of sorts,not having some numpty telling you what to do(this was why I left Asda,the dept managers were little gobsh*tes) and working hours to suit.Holidays can be taken when you want as well,no checking if someone else is wanting the same weeks etc.
The thought of sitting in an office for 8 hours, quite frankly,horrifies me now.I think I would hate that.I am a people person,so I suppose I am quite suited to what i do.

I will and do talk to all walks of life:-D
#8
What annoys me about market research..well the ones that knock your door...is that they tell you a blatant lie that it will only take a few minutes.the last one...who I kindly invited in left almost 40 mins later...having asked me almost every question under the sun...yes my time FOC and big bucks for her....so everyone since has had the thanks but no thanks.

I appreciate MR and its aims but please reward those that give of their time for you to earn a living..a small token gift like a bar of chocolate would be nice.
#9
Well I am honest with the amount of time it will take,no point in peeing the respondent off.Sometimes it does take longer than it should but that is not necessarily the intervewers fault,some people take ages to answer,or give you a long reason as to why they agree or disagree(that being the only answer required!)

And currychops,you do get a pen if you do a survey with me:-D plus some charming company!;-)
#10
A pen ....not really a treat ...chocolate puts a smile on most faces and you can get a cheap supply of quality stuff from Lidl.

Sorry I forgot to wish Beerman all the best with his venture.
#11
currychops
A pen ....not really a treat ...chocolate puts a smile on most faces and you can get a cheap supply of quality stuff from Lidl.

Sorry I forgot to wish Beerman all the best with his venture.

But 1/2 hour of my company is a treat:p

and yep,you get a thick skin in my job,if you don't want to do it,that is fine,I always find someone who is willing to help,heck,some folk love it,I've been approached walking down the street,asked what I am doing and practically been dragged to there house to take part!

Nowt queerer than folk! That's the beauty of it,you meet all sorts:-D
#12
muckypup
But 1/2 hour of my company is a treat:p


Any hidden extras?? :? :whistling: :giggle:

Seriously, from my question before, what I meant was 'Does it pay the bills?'

I was made redundant, same as you and went back to retail, then left to do temp job in london(Office work). Have been unemployed since (Nov 2006).

I would be interested in this kinda thing, if it pays the bills of course! But it'll be handy for school hours etc, nice get outside, meet new people etc.
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Birdyboy,you have pm:)
#14
muckypup
Birdyboy,you have pm:)

Cheers Muck! OOhhh, you have another green block! :whistling:
#15
birdyboyuk
Cheers Muck! OOhhh, you have another green block! :whistling:

I just noticed..........yeehaaaa:-D

Ta muchly;-)
banned#16
muckypup
Birdyboy,you have pm:)


Oh I want to know, really, I do!!!!

:-(
#17
JDeal
Oh I want to know, really, I do!!!!

:-(

Just about a job,the work I do.

You know there is only one for me on this forum:friends:
banned 2 Likes #18
I am poor and workless too.

I wanted to right a novel,
I wanted to build a kite,
I tried to do both during the night,
But things just didn't go right.

I wanted to write a poem,
Just so I could show him,
I found I was far too dim,
So I just gave in.

I wanted to be a star,
I thought I could go so far.
I was sure people loved my song,
It turned out that I was wrong,
Maybe I shouldn't have met the Queen wearing only a thong!
1 Like #19
JDeal
I am poor and workless too.

I wanted to right a novel,
I wanted to build a kite,
I tried to do both during the night,
But things just didn't go right.

I wanted to write a poem,
Just so I could show him,
I found I was far too dim,
So I just gave in.

I wanted to be a star,
I thought I could go so far.
I was sure people loved my song,
It turned out that I was wrong,
Maybe I shouldn't have met the Queen wearing only a thong!


Haha, made me laugh!!
OOoohhhm you have another green box also!! :whistling: :thumbsup:
#20
im unemployed and so looking for something to fit around the kids :(
#21
JDeal you will ALWAYS be a star
My friend,I know you will go far
Your feet may be big and your toenails may be long
But you have a certain talent for a very witty song

Maybe life is tough sometimes
We have to deal with titters
Your thong may shock the queen et al
But the Pope caught me in BIG knickers!

Yes,i did write that meself:oops: ;-)

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