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Newspaper Routes: A Great Way to Earn Extra Money

September 19th, 2010

newspaper-route-carrier.jpgChances are, by the time you wake up in the morning, your newspaper is already sitting on your front porch. If you’re like most people, you pay for your subscription by phone, through the mail, or online. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that you’ve never seen the person that delivers your daily newspaper.

The romantic notion is that there’s a kid on a bike with a sack slung over his back, dealing rolled up papers to every house on the block. The truth is that in many large cities, working adults have found these jobs to be excellent sources of second income.

Admittedly, it’s a job that takes some dedication. Like postal carriers, you deliver in all conditions, weather be damned. Unlike those guys in the door-less trucks, you don’t get a day off. If you’re delivering a daily…you’re delivering it daily and likely at a very early hour of the morning, even on holidays like New Year’s Day, Independence Day, or your birthday. If the paper was published, it’s your responsibility to get it out — one way or another.

Without a doubt, the job isn’t for everyone. It involves someone who doesn’t travel too much and doesn’t have a problem with early mornings. As a former newspaper carrier, I can personally attest to the benefits of delivering newspapers to supplement my regular paycheck. With a normal work day that began for me at 7 am, rolling and tossing papers fit nicely at the beginning of my day.

Now that we’ve gotten that unpleasant part out of the way, the job really can be as good or bad as you make it. In most instances, you work as an independent contractor as opposed to being a direct employee of the newspaper. It means that the paper sells you (at a discounted price) the supplies you need to deliver the product — rubber bands, plastic bags, and the newspapers themselves. It’s your job to keep the subscription money coming in, whether by mail or door-to-door collections. The more you collect, the more it offsets the costs of materials.

But here’s where it works in your favor. As an independent contractor, you’re free to buy supplies wherever you choose. So check your local office supply store and compare the prices of different materials to see which may be a lower cost to you and keep some change in your pocket.

Keep in mind that you are working in a service industry, with the readers of the paper as your customers. If you’re attentive to their needs, you’ll see added benefits in monthly tips. Most often, the requests are simple — vacation holds or missing papers. But how quickly and politely you respond to those impacts whether or not you keep your customers and how well they tip at the end of the month.

Looking back, it was an enjoyable experience and one I would recommend to anyone looking for a second job.

This article was supplied by Marcas Grant from Constant Content.

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