When I first started as a Wikaniko Distributor, I was not a big fan of dropping catalogues. I think this was more to do with something my mother once said about a distributor of another catalogue company, that essentially it was a job for those who were not able to get another job!
This is probably the view of many, but if people do ‘pity’ orders, who am I to complain!!
Now, I really quite enjoy dropping catalogues. I don’t do huge numbers and neither do I do multiple drops in a week, but this is primarily to do with the patience of my little boy who is only 19 months. If he falls asleep, then I could do more. But if he is awake, he gets bored after about 30 – 40 minutes and is not shy about letting me know!
So I drop about 20 – 30 at a time – partly depending on the nature of the houses – lots of semi-detached or terraced close to each other vs detached with seperate drive-ways, gates to open and so on! Dropping is quick, collecting takes longer as people don’t always leave the catalogue out on the designated day. So I knock and if no-one is in, leave a note saying when I will call back.
When written down, it doesn’t sound like much fun.
But it is. Why?
Because I get to explore my new neighbourhood – today I discovered a fairly dilapidated house, hidden behind an overgrown hedge and surrounded by an overgrown garden. I have walked by a few times and driven by many more, but had never noticed this house. I will now notice that house every time I walk by to see if there are any changes. Is it lived in?
Because I get regular exercise doing my rounds
Because I get out of the house and into the fresh air – and so does my little boy
Because he often falls asleep and stays asleep after we get home, so I have some time to do other things that are easier without a small boy demanding attention (work, house-work, cooking, gardening, almost everything!)
Because I get to meet people in this community, people I pass on the streets, people who would like to make orders and those who don’t, people who live in my locality. Sometimes, when you pass through our village by car, you might think that no-body really lives there as you rarely see people. There are no shops or pubs, so unless you join one of the activities or clubs, it is hard to just ‘bump into’ people.
Because I get to be a little nosy at other people’s gardens as I walk by – what plants they grow, the flowers and veg; what fencing they have (a tender topic in our household as our fences were badly blown down in the wind, they are now fixed, temporarily until we can decide what sort of fence we really want, and can afford);
Because I get to see the different house styles of the past as I walk by. There is one house – perhaps a few hundred years old with black beams and white-washed walls – that doesn’t have a single straight line anywhere! It has little windows that peak out from the walls, but even the windows don’t appear to be in line with each other! Every time I walk by, I wonder about the stories the house could tell – of its occupants and the changes in the surrounding area,
Because for much of the time, I can have peace in my head and time to think.
Because I am offering a service to people.
Because it restores my faith in human nature – 99% of the people I meet are polite and kind.
When my daughter is at home in the holidays, it is a great time for us to chat and for her to learn a little about the concepts of business. As my son grows, so he and I will have more meaningful chats too!
So even on the rainy days, I head out as if nothing else, I am getting some exercise!
There is always a little excitement on collection day – will I get an order or two? I love it when I do.