I went out today for the first time doing door to door residential sales. Overall, a good experience. We (my wife and I) only knocked 7 doors, but within the first 5 we gave 1 estimate. I realize the demographic overview is extremely limited due to there only being 7 houses, but it was interesting to see that the only estimate we handed out was also the only elderly woman resident.
My wife decided to bring a secret weapon along with us: our 1 year old, super adorable son. He was an immediate conversation starter for the first door she knocked with him, and that was the house that received an estimate. I'm thinking I'll take advantage of this in the future!
I was pleasantly surprised at how people reacted to our knocking, with 6/7 being very kind, and the last one being somewhat... apathetic, I suppose. Tired, perhaps. I think I will be focusing primarily on this for building my business.