Jobs – Paper Boy

First things first, there is no stigma attached to redundancy. In today's' job market redundancy is a fact of life. People can still find their jobs redundant during boom times or even when their employer is extremely profitable. Whatever the situation, there are three things you must do before you begin your job search.

Even in good times you should allow up to 3 months to secure another job. In a recession you should at least plan for it to take 6 or 9 months. It may even take you a year.

Study your household income together with your savings and estimate, on your current level of expenditure, how long you could go with out regular earned income coming in. Now look at areas of expenditure that could be deemed as unnecessary and remove them. How long could you last now?

This will allow you to plan your job search effectively and know at what time you must start to consider alternative options.

What are you going to do with all your new found time? Decide quickly or others will decide for you!

Conducting your job search in a recession is a full time job in itself and requires dedication and commitment. Set certain times of the day aside to focus on different aspects of your job search.

Establishing a daily routine quickly will help you get back to work fast and prevent you from becoming an expert on daytime TV!

The support of those people important in your life is a critical part of your job search. Remember, they too are worried about what the future holds and you need to reassure them that you have a plan!

Discuss the findings of your financial review with them and ask for their input. Show them your daily routine and explain to them that at certain times of the day you will be purely focussed upon your job search and that at other times you will be free to help around the house, with the children or other responsibilities that previously your job has prevented you from assisting with.

With a clear understanding of your financial situation, a productive daily routine and the support of your loved ones you are now ready to commence a truly effective job search.

Okay, don’t laugh. It’s a job and it can be a darn good paying one if you have a good route. Being a newspaper delivery boy isn’t what it used to be many years ago. Today, newspapers are much more efficiently run and the delivery services themselves have been upgraded drastically. Today’s paper boy doesn’t work anywhere near as hard as the paper boy of the 1970s. So if you’re thinking this is something that you don’t want to do, you might think differently after reading this review of exactly what a paperboy does and gets paid.
Paper boys of the 21st century have it made. Of course this isn’t a job that a 10 year old is going to be able to do anymore, at least not if he wants to make the big bucks. Today’s paper routes are much larger than they were years ago. So in order to work today’s routes you’re going to need a car, preferably one with a lot of trunk space. An SUV, van or truck may even help. Years ago, a route was maybe 100 papers. Today, a route can be up to 1000 papers if you get a really good route.
The first thing you need to do is contact the local newspaper in your area and tell them you want to route. They’ll ask you where you live and try to assign you one that is close by. They will ask you if you have a vehicle. When you get hired, they will give you a destination to go to in order to pick up your papers. Yes, you do have to pick them up yourself. They don’t deliver them to your door. On normal days there won’t be anything more to do than to pick up the papers and throw them in your car. But on Sundays things are a little different. The Sunday paper comes in sections and before you can deliver each paper you have to put the sections together. This can be very time consuming, so on Sunday you better be prepared to get up a little earlier and work a little longer. But it’s worth it because the Sunday papers are very expensive today and the commissions you get on them are very nice.
After the papers are put together you will have a route sheet to look at. This will have the addresses of every subscriber. You better either know the area well or have a map with you or you’re going to get very lost and your job is going to take you all day to complete. This is not good when you have people who are expecting their paper by 7 AM.
After you have delivered all your papers, you return home and report in to the main office that the route for that day has been completed. They’ll ask you the time of completion and how long it took you. If they see you’re taking longer than expected you may not keep your job long as this will lead to unhappy customers.
Years ago, when papers were 10 cents, you got paid 2 cents on every paper, or 20 percent. Today, the percentages are closer to 30 percent and with papers going for 50 cents a pop during the week and $1.00 on Sunday, you can make a nice part time income for an hour of work a day.
Being a paper boy isn’t what it used to be.