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I try not to make calls past 8:30, unless I have made a notation about a certain person, that it is ok to call later. I have also been trying to get a work number, and ask if it's ok to call them at work.
I find that 9-9:30 is good for me, I do them on sunday between 8:30 and 9:30 in the evening, the kids are in bed, the parents are relaxing in front of the TV before the week start and they are not stress by getting the next day ready, they had all weekend to relaxe. And now that the summer is there the sun is up way longer and I don't know anyone that goes to bed before the sun is down, but I will say no later then 9:30, or just think about what is good for you. Do you like people calling your house after 9:30 or after 9 when there is no emergency, I know for myself I dont like when they do it, even if I dont go to bed later then that.
my calls short, starting at 7:30, I'll call until 9:30. WHen I get an answering machine, I leave a message saying that they are welcome to give me a call tonight, I'll in the office returning calls until 10:00, but will call them after I've made my other calls. Hopefully we can touch base then. If they are not home the 2nd time, I tell them that I will call them tomorrow (or whatever day you hav planned) between XX & YYY times. Make sure you follow up on those calls...
I think 9 pm. But we have a one year old. Before I was a mother, I probably would have thought 9:30 was fine! Last night someone called us at 9:48, and it really seemed too late. Then again, we don't watch TV, so a phone ringing probably sounds different in a quiet house than a TV house.
I don't make any phone calls past 9 pm. At that time, I am trying to get a little down time and spend some quiet time with my husband. Now, I don't usually get to sleep until midnight but it is nice to have a couple hours of quiet time to myself. I make my phone calls between 7-9 and find I can usually get that done during that time. If not, I will have to wait until tomorrow!
I try to make my calls from 7 - 8 (customer care calls, etc.) If there is a host that I am working with and I know from her that it is ok to call later, I might go as far as 8:30.
I try not to call before 7 on weekdays because no one likes to be bothered at dinner time. The weekends are usually the same because people have activities, church, etc. Also, I think of when I get the bulk of my telemarketer calls - they have done tons of research as to when is a good time to call... and most of mine are from 6 - 8. I get rather annoyed if I am disturbed past 8 (unless again I am expecting the call.) Also, I find that most of my customers are women with small children. Many of them are doing baths and bedtime by 8 and you might get rushed off the phone.
As for dealing with hosts, ask in the beginning for an acceptable time frame. At shows, perhaps when people are filling out the drawing slips it could be suggested to put a call timeframe as well, but I have not done that.