A paper round may have been a first job for many people, and there’s nothing to stop you making a bit of money in a similar way as an adult.
All sorts of businesses need people to deliver publications for them, examples including leaflets, flyers, newspapers, magazines, catalogues, brochures and directories.
It doesn’t take much to get started, and it can also be a way of staying active, fit and sociable. Find out more about getting paid to deliver printed literature…
- What do I need to make money from deliveries?
- How do I find work delivering literature?
- Can I make decent money delivering publications?
- What to look out for with delivery jobs
What do I need to make money from deliveries?
If you have restricted mobility or trouble lifting things, your options will obviously be more limited, but it may not rule you out from things like delivering leaflets.
Just make a realistic assessment of the demands of the job and your own capabilities before deciding whether it’s feasible to take on the role.
A car or other motorised transport may be a requirement or a big help, but – depending on the work – other options may be suitable.
How do I find work delivering literature?
There are any number of ways to find delivery work, some of them obvious, others requiring a little bit of initiative. Think about some of these options:
It’s the obvious place to start… and firms offering work may well think so too!
Check out the jobs pages of local newspapers – some of these may be online, but with many small, free papers you may be better off checking out the print versions.
Also think about contacting the papers directly – this can often be the best way to secure a newspaper round, or the paper may be able to put you in touch with the distribution agent.
Classified ad sites
Classified ad websites such as Gumtree and craigslist can be a great resource for finding casual work.
Local shop windows
More traditional firms may prefer a more traditional classified ad – look out for card adverts in the window of your local shop or post office.
Job websites and email alerts
Recruitment websites such as indeed.co.uk carry delivery jobs. On such sites, it’s simple to set up an email alert that can let you know when new vacancies arise in the field of work you’re interested in.
Approach local businesses yourself
Try popping into local taxi firms, takeaways and other businesses to ask if they need any help with distribution.
Leaflet production and distribution firms
There are large companies who specialise in leaflet production and/or distribution, such as The Network, Letterbox Distribution and Power Girls. Deya Limited is a major player in this field and delivers nationwide publications, including the Yellow Pages.
Can I make decent money delivering publications?
As a low-skill job with few entry requirements, literature distribution is, of course, unlikely to be highly lucrative.
Expect to be paid by how many items you deliver, or by the number of rounds you undertake. If a company is prepared to pay for your time, minimum wage laws may come into play. Try these top tips for boosting your delivery income:
Bulkier items should pay more
You may find higher wages on offer for delivering bulkier items, such as catalogues. Of course, your expenses are then likely to increase as you’ll probably need motorised transport.
Look for papers with leaflets
If you choose a paper round, you can usually expect a bit more money if the paper also contains separate advertising leaflets, so try to find papers that you know use these (usually the freebies).
Inevitably, some companies will pay you more than others, and it’s worthwhile brushing up on your haggling skills before negotiating your wages.
Double up your deliveries
If you manage to get two rounds in the same area, you may be able to do all the delivering at the same time, but be paid twice from two separate companies.
Get the kids to help
Why not start your children in the world of work by getting them to help out on the round? You can spend time with them, keep an eye on them… and let them help with the leg-work.
What to look out for with delivery jobs
Try to avoid leafleting schemes where you are paid by commission only, meaning that the company will have to make money from something you delivered.
There would be no guarantee of this happening and, in any case, it could be difficult for you to prove.
This leaves the serious risk that you’ll spend hours delivering a company’s literature, only to get nothing in return.
You also need to be careful as some leafleting schemes are scams, so do your best to determine whether the company you’re thinking of working for is reputable.
Be especially cautious if it’s an online company without proper contact details – for example, only having a mobile phone number or no proper address listed (perhaps just a PO box).
A quick Google search may help you get an idea about a firm’s reputation, looking for things such as media stories on the company and people’s opinions on forums.
A lot of information on a business can be obtained for free from the government’s website, using details held by Companies House.
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