Children Still Love Paper Routes as a First Job
The perennial paper route has been popularized by movies, TV shows and Broadway plays. Maybe your child has seen “The Paper Brigade”. The Disney classic features Gunther Wheeler, a 14-year old boy who moves to a new place and takes a job as a paperboy to help pay for the concert tickets of a girl he loves.
Are your children ready to work as newspaper route drivers?
A paper route is a good option if your child wants to work part-time to supplement their allowance. Newspaper delivery is one of the most popular and trusted ways to make money. It has been the first job since Schwinn began making bicycles.
These jobs are becoming increasingly rare. Many newspapers have reduced or stopped selling their editions. Some papers also rely on adult paper delivery companies rather than hiring children the way they used. Let’s not forget the important lessons your child will learn about money.
Asking for payment is an important money skill to learn if your child’s path involves collections. He will be able to manage money responsibly and will become more assertive in dealing with other people.
Unexpected Extra Income
Additional tips can help your child learn valuable lessons about managing extra money that he didn’t expect.
Although it may surprise you, newspaper couriers, even those as young as 12, can face penalties for filing complaints. A complaint filed by someone on your child’s route will be deducted from their pay. Each complaint can be subject to a different penalty, but they all could cost between $2 and $3.
Customers who receive paper delivery often tip their driver, regardless of whether they give it weekly or at Christmas. Customers who receive better service are often more generous with their tips.
The Value of Money
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that newspaper delivery workers earn an average of $11.48 per hour. To get this game, your son or daughter will have to deliver seven newspapers to save $80.36. If your child doesn’t like video games or prefers jewellery and clothing, have them estimate how many newspapers they will need to deliver to get the game. This helps to improve their math skills.
Let’s weigh the pros.
Your child will get a route that allows him to ride his bike every morning during deliveries. This will give him a great workout and also help him earn money.
Your child can feel proud of his accomplishments in a job that people admire, which can be a great way to boost your confidence.
Paper routes are dependent on paper delivery punctuality. Your child will be expected to deliver papers at a specific time each morning.
A paper route has many great features. Paper deliverers can do their routes as fast as possible, and in whatever order they choose.
Routes can be shared.
It is fine if two or more family members wish to share the route to reduce their workdays. Another option is to have one person prepare papers and another handle deliveries.
Let’s take a look at the cons.
Like the mail, snow, rain, and sleet cannot stop the newspaper delivery man; your child may be faced with adverse weather conditions and may need to be driven if the weather becomes too severe.
The early morning hours
Newspapers must be delivered by 5:15 in the morning. Your child will need to prepare the papers first. This could mean they may have to get up at 2:00 AM to complete the paper on time.
Paper routes can include collecting, making it intimidating for children to ask for money from strangers. If your child’s route involves collecting money, keep in mind his personality. A kid who has cash in his pockets can be a target of crime, depending on where he lives.
Some kids turn to dog walking or pet sitting because there aren’t enough newspaper routes. Others learn how you can run a lemonade stand. These are all viable options. They will learn valuable lessons that will last a lifetime, no matter what they do.