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Letterbox distribution jobs - does anybody do this?

posted 17-12-2010 @ 01:52 PM www
Letterbox distribution jobs - does anybody do this?

I am looking to earn about $200 per week now that my son will be starting Pre-Primary in 2011.

I was wondering if anyone did it and could offer tips etc or roughly how much it pays?

TIA :)
posted 17-12-2010 @ 10:39 PM www

My sons did it years ago when they were in school. I dont remember what the pay was, but it was poor. How they made bigger money was to do the same area but for 3-4 different companies. That was the only thing that made it worthwhile.
posted 17-12-2010 @ 10:50 PM www

You would have to do a lot of deliveries to earn 200 dollars. It is really poor pay for a lot of work sorry to say.
posted 17-12-2010 @ 11:25 PM www

Ive known several friends who have all done this one time or another and all quit. Quite often you have to wait for them to be delivered and roll them up yourself or put brochures in etc which takes a great deal of time before the delivery.

I have never known anyone to stick it out for long. In the end the money does not equal the work at all.
posted 17-12-2010 @ 11:43 PM www

Not worth it at all, imo! I tried it last year and did it for about 2 months. It was SO much work, and the money was pathetic...some weeks $80, some $12!!

What did you do before you had your son? What are your skills? Maybe it's best to find a job working one or two days a week? :)
posted 17-12-2010 @ 11:52 PM www

my kids do it and it is extremely poor pay you could never get $200
we work for 2 companys PMP and salmat PMP which is letter box deliveries most week they only get 3 and its about $12 to deliver the rac mag you get 14cents each I think

I fold for my kids sometimes it takes me 2 days he delivers he may get around $70 to $90 thats a big one.
posted 17-12-2010 @ 11:53 PM www

We've just started doing letterbox deliveries. We had one small area then were asked to do another one, the money is pretty poor unless you get alot of pamphlets. This time of year there are heaps, last weekend the bundles filled our trailer. We have to pick ours up on Thursdays and have them delivered by Sunday, the next lot get picked up on Sunday and have to be out by Wednesday. The folding of them is the most time consuming, especially when you have 25 different pamphlets and the bundles are huge which makes them heavy. The last 2 weeks have paid over $200 but we've had weeks where we only got $30. I don't mind doing it though, the kids help with the folding and come with us to deliver them, gets us out of the house and walking so thats a bonus.
posted 18-12-2010 @ 07:23 AM www

I did it a few years ago and pay was something like $12 for one phamplet, $15 for 2 $18 for 3, and that is times 500 houses roughly, so even with 2 areas was only $24 for one phamplet really not worth it, but to earn a little while getting fit is ok.
posted 18-12-2010 @ 07:33 AM www

I saw an ad recently for a place that pays $200 for 1000 pamphlets, bugger that!!!

My sister used to do a paper run, was about 200 papers and only got $100 a week. Its a total waste of time, it took her 4-6hrs every week to fold them all, and then 2 or more hours to deliver them!
posted 18-12-2010 @ 08:58 AM www

I used to earn some extra money doing Avon when the kids were little, but I built up 2 big territories and probably only netted $100 a week. I think a part-time job is better value for the time you spend. I was getting about $170 for a nine hour day at a newsagency, and it seemed less time-consuming. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
posted 18-12-2010 @ 09:13 AM www

Originally posted by luckaholic
I saw an ad recently for a place that pays $200 for 1000 pamphlets, bugger that!!!

That's actually a really good rate when it comes to pamphlet delivery. Takes us an hour to deliver to 600 houses, so say 2 hours for 1000, that's $100/ hour. Wanna give me the number :P I'll do it!
posted 18-12-2010 @ 09:13 AM www

It was good for the kids to earn some extra money and develop a work ethic but I wouldn't recommend it either, by the time you have picked it up from wherever (which used to be twice a week) folded all the stuff then delivered it it was a lot of work and would equate to a below poverty hourly rate!!!!

The only plus you get to see the junk mail first and can spot advertised comps etc before others!!!!

If you want to get fit it may be an option also, we had 35 pieces of junk mail delivered the other day (they, even though they are not supposed to combined weekend delivery and the midweek delivery) they threw them out of a car window (cant blame them for that you wouldn't of been able to carry many of them they weighed very heavily.)
posted 18-12-2010 @ 09:21 AM www

My son does it, he earns about $30 a week and delivers to 150 houses , for a 13 year old thats alright. You would have to do alot of deliveries to earn $200 and folding them is a pain. Good luck;)
posted 18-12-2010 @ 10:51 AM www

Thanks guys, think I'll look for another type of job lol :P:P:P

I want the same hours as every other mum, unfortunately, within school hours....I used to be a teller in a bank and they have good hours, but you have to do marketing and try to get the customers to move all their money to your bank. I reckon people's financial business is their own, if they want to know about new banking products, they'll ask!
posted 18-12-2010 @ 12:01 PM www

Can you start selling on ebay? You can start by selling things around the house that are no longer needed;)
posted 19-12-2010 @ 12:23 AM www

I've done brochure deliveries several times over the last 20 years. Salmat is hopeless as they only give you a few more dollars for each extra brochures , and you spend so much time sorting the bundles together. I did once work for an independent company that paid $10 for one brochures , $20 for 2, $30 for 3 - but that is very rare.

The best part time job I found is working at a Supermarket. Around $15 - $20 per hour - shifts are between 4 and 10 hours (but the vast majority of them are 4 or 5 hours). All the supermarkets have already taken on their Christmas Casuals, but it doesn't hurt to apply for next year. They are always wanting people who can work school hours.

I only ever lost money doing Avon as you have to pay for every brochure and sample. Takes too long to build up an area - too much work for too little money. Though I do admit it was fun, and you have access to great specials.

The casual job that is the MOST FUN is working as a TV extra - but you don't get paid a lot - $50 for 4 hours - maybe once a fortnight. But don't sign up for the agencies that advertise in the newspapers, they make most of their money on the sign up fee (you pay between $100 and $200 to join an agency). If you live in Sydney PGs and Extras are the best two agencies (or at least they were when I did it 10 years ago). They have the contracts for all the soaps. The other agencies pick up vacancies in Advertisements and Movies - but the weekly soaps/TV series is where most of the work is.
posted 19-12-2010 @ 02:20 AM www

If you want school hours why not teach swimming? You can do the school swimming so you get a different school through your centre every fortnight, its good fun and you dont have to do the vac swim if you dont want to so you can be home on holidays with the kids.
Most of the other women that did it when I did were mums, I'm going to go back to it when mine all start school.
posted 19-12-2010 @ 02:24 AM www

Sign up with a temp agency stating the hours you want, they look approvingly at people who have worked in banks as honesty & trust are a given. Also you have keyboard experience,working with the public ,& think of everything else you did in the bank during your day & put all that on your resume for temp agency.
Not sure about your area but if you have partner who can look after children at night there are always night shift data entry work to consider. I just wanted to give you another option than pamphlet deliveries as it does not seem to pay much from comments above.
posted 19-12-2010 @ 02:35 AM www

The last postie used to deliver pamphlets with the mail :lol:

We got a new postie recently, so maybe he got busted :lol:
posted 19-12-2010 @ 02:52 AM www

Casual work in pubs. I work for a bank now but last year I waitressed in a pub dining room. $25/hr. Lunch shift are between two and three hours 12.00 - 2.00 or 3.00. Night shifts usually around 6.00 - 9.00. Weekend shifts too and public holidays but you might be able to negotiate.

Was good for me as I only did night shifts and weekend and didn't have to pay for childcare. Not a bad job but you do have to deal with chefs!
posted 19-12-2010 @ 03:53 AM www

I used to be an OHS professional but now I do Support work for only school hours.
I sometimes do some cleaning, take a couple of nice people shopping, go to the movies, play golf, go for coffee etc.

But you do have to work in the holidays. I did nightfill as well but hated that.
posted 20-12-2010 @ 02:44 AM www

Billycat, that sounds really interesting. Do you have to have a first aid certificate or other qualifications? What hours do you work?
posted 20-12-2010 @ 03:01 AM www

Thanks guys, some really good ideas here! I will look into a few!

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