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#1 Silver Girl

Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:29 PM

I'm considering taking a job delivering junk mail, to bring in some extra cash.
Am I crazy?
I like walking with DS in the pram so thought I could earn something at the same time. How much would it pay and is it worth the hassle?
Any advice appreciated.

#2 Tikiboo16

Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:34 PM

I did it for a little while many years ago.. it wasn't worth it. You spend hours walking around and get paid very little. Think it worked out to be about $5 an hour.. really pathetic. I think I ended up leaving large piles of pamphlets at unit blocks and didn't bother with many houses. There are better ways of bringing in extra cash.

#3 fit_dad

Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:41 PM

It's not worth it.  In fact I often feel sorry for the people I see delivering them because I know they are being exploited.

A a kid (so, 20 odd years ago) I used to get paid $11.10 per 1000 pamphlets delivered (this included the time it took to fold them).  I can't imagine it's much better today.

#4 Majeix

Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:47 PM

I tried it. It was terrible I would never do it again. My daughter who was used to and loved long walks in the pram ended up screaming for ages... and cried at the sight of the pram for awhile. We only did it for one weekend and I left her home for about half of it...
It really didn't help that the district I did had a large hospital so to deliver to the right number of house meant a lot of walking jsut for one or two...

There was also all the folding that was horrible especially we tried to follow the rule we were given (that everyone else ignores) about how none of them can be folded together but must all be folded and put in separately.

#5 2plusoops

Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:49 PM

I recently did it for a couple of months.  Its not only the walking around delivering the catalogues, its also the several hours it takes to bundle them together.  You might get 8-10 different catalogues delivered but they are in seperate bundles and you have to collate them before delivering.   My biggest issue was not the time facator v. amount of pay (I figured any extra was a good thing) but I was consistently not being paid the correct amount.  They missed one week, but never caught it up and then missed another.  Whilst the money comes in handy its not enough to have to deal with not getting paid!!

#6 beccajayne

Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:52 PM

I did it a few years ago and while I enjoyed the exercise each week, the pay is not worth it.
I had to deliver twice a week and each time I spent about 3-4hrs folding/sorting the pamphlets, then 4hrs delivering them.
During Christmas it was busy and it took twice as long.
Most weeks I'd get about $20-50
Christmas time was any where around $100-150

I was delivering for 2 different companies in 3 areas.

Edited by beccajayne, 20 March 2012 - 02:54 PM.

#7 girltribe4

Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:53 PM

I just finished my delivery for this week , 4hrs delivering 22 bits of junk mail to 300 houses for $72 huh.gif  wink.gif Its sooooo not worth it but it keeps miss 3.5yrs in childcare twice a week and I am loosing weight biggrin.gif

I actually love the walking bit  , its the putting everything together I hate mad.gif junk mail gets delivered Sunday , I put all the bits together all day Monday then deliver Tuesday morning. I do have till Wed eve to deliver but its suppose to rain tonight and tomorrow so I wanted to get it over and done with.

$72 is the most ever because it was 22 seperate bits its normally $42 /$54 a week.  

Im just doing it as a stop gap as I  am waiting on my FDC approval .

#8 fairylite

Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:15 PM

If you go ahead and sign up for this, please please don't dump the catalogues in the bins at the local apartment block as happened to us a few times before I reported them. We need those for our recycling.

#9 foom

Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:26 PM

When I did it we had to pick up the catalogues as well. You can't just stick a few catalogues on the pram - we found them very heavy carrying them in a backpack and had to keep going back to the car to get more, moving the car to the next street so it wasn't too far to go back for more, etc, etc. Not sure if the local paper would be any better than catalogues - lighter for each house so you would cover more distance before you have to go back and get more.

I soon realised why postfolk ride motorbikes.

#10 Bluenomi

Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:31 PM

Don't do it, it is a nightmare. I did it as a kid and I ended up covered in newpaper ink and on a busy week it would take longer to fold everthing that it did to deliver it. Plus you have to do it no matter the weather so it sucked when it rained

#11 christmasiscoming

Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:41 PM

Been there, done that too.  I walked with my DS1 in the pram (he was 14mo at the time) and he loved it, being out and about and seeing lots of different things.

I gave it up after I fell pregnant with DS2 and couldn't carry the loads anymore.  There's definitely pros and cons:

PROS:  Exercise, baby gets out for a walk too, extra $$ without having to pay childcare

CONS:  Very poor pay if worked out by number of hours you put into collating and folding the pamphlets ready for delivery.  It's not a fixed amount each week - some deliveries are $20, others can be $70 but you walk the same amount of streets/houses for $20 as you do $70.  Hard work to do it in rainy weather also, especially if your bub is coming along.

My advice would be try it - you have nothing to lose - there is no outlay to you to start and you can stop at any time as you wont be on any kind of contract.  If you're taking DS in the pram, be sure your pram is strong and sturdy enough to be pushed on grass as it is tough going, especially on the lovely cushy Sir Walter grass - it's like pushing it through sand !!  

Also, look on your map they give you and decide where would be the most central place you can park your car and just go to and from the car as it's too hard to keep packing your child and pram into the car each time you need to move.  Take the map with you the first time and write down how many houses in each street so that next time you can take only as many bundles as you  need for that little section to minimise the amount you need to carry at any one time before heading back to the car to top up.

Hope that helps.

#12 Soontobegran

Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:51 PM

One of my children decided to do this for a part time job whilst at school so we decided to do a big family walk and help out.
It is an absolute nightmare for very small financial gain.
The pay is appalling, it takes so much time for the pay to come through.
There is preparation of the mail as well. You have to pre fold many of the pamphlets, if you have a paper then you have to open it and put the advertising stuff inside and then fold the paper........terrible.

#13 White-Lily

Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:06 PM

FIL does this and seems to make OK money out of it. He has a very large area and does it on his postie bike. He is retired and this just gives him something to do and some play money. He does a few hours each (4-6?) morning so its normally out of the way by lunchtime. I think he does this about 4/5 days per week. He enjoys it. It drives MIL batty so she banished him and his junk mail to the carport.
FIL has been doing it for about 18 months now and occasionally picks up private jobs which pay much better.

Pamphlets are where the money is, not newpapers.
Apartment blocks were there are 20 letter boxes in the one place are a good area to get, not that you get much choice most of the time.
Cant hurt to try in any case.

#14 Silver Girl

Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:12 PM

Thanks for all the honest and detailed replies and tips.
The preparation does sound tedious and the money not fantastic, as I suspected.
Christmasiscoming, thank you for the pointers which I'll definitely use if I go ahead with it.
I'm inclined to give it a miss though.
I also might feel a bit of a fraud as I have a No Junk Mail Sticker on my own letterbox!

#15 Holidayromp

Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:30 PM

It can be quite the lucrative little money earner if you play it smart.  Double runs, runs close to home. Mixing phamplet drops for local businesses in with it.  Don't take every job that comes to you.  Also some runs have more phamplets in it than other so do your research.  Also some runs are easier - choose areas with high concentration of apartments in them or runs that 'flow easy'.  Don't get spread out runs that you need to move the car every five minutes or so otherwise the petrol money will eat into any money you make.

It also helps if you have someone else to do it with you.  But as a single person doing - I wouldn't recommend it.  Especially if you have kids in prams.  It can be a nightmare and an overloaded pram warps the axle and breaks the pram.  If you want to do it with a kid in a pram opt for second hand heavy duty options with parcel trays beneath them for the phamplets but it still won't be easy.

Good luck but in your situation I don't recommend.

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