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Details for Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers


Sell goods or services door-to-door or on the street.


  • Answer questions about product features and benefits.
  • Arrange buying parties, and solicit sponsorship of such parties, in order to sell merchandise.
  • Circulate among potential customers or travel by foot, truck, automobile, or bicycle to deliver or sell merchandise or services.
  • Contact customers to persuade them to purchase merchandise or services.
  • Deliver merchandise, and collect payment.
  • Develop prospect lists.
  • Distribute product samples or literature that details products or services.
  • Explain products or services and prices, and demonstrate use of products.
  • Order or purchase supplies.
  • Stock carts or stands.
  • Set up and display sample merchandise at parties or stands.
  • Write and record orders for merchandise, or enter orders into computers.


  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.



  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Related Careers

  • Advertising Sales Agents
  • Driver/Sales Workers
  • Insurance Sales Agents
  • Retail Salespersons
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
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