A job delivering newspapers used to be solely for teenagers on their bicycles – often boys, but not always – but today it is mostly a job done by adults with cars or trucks. If you become a newspaper carrier, you can make good money, but you need to know where to find the jobs. Begin with the daily papers, but if you are a teenager without your own vehicle, you may have more luck with weekly community papers or companies that produce advertising circulars and flyers.
To find paper delivery jobs in your area, start by gathering the newspapers, flyers and circulars from your own mailbox. If your family doesn't subscribe to local newspapers, you can get those from the closest newspaper boxes or at the corner store.
In each of the newspapers, look at the classified sections and scan for any delivery jobs. When a newspaper needs carriers, the cheapest place to advertise is their own classifieds. If you don't see anything posted, examine the first pages for contact information, specifically the Circulation Department. There, you should see a name, telephone number or email address for someone to contact.
Examine the flyers and circulars for contact information of the company that produces and distributes them. You can often find this in the small print on one of the front or back pages or on the wrapper holding the papers together.
You can also go to the website for each publication to see if they are looking for carriers.
Finally, check the bulletin boards at your local grocery stores. This is often a good place to find "Carrier Wanted" posters.
Finding the Right Carrier Job for You
If you do have your own vehicle and you're able to work late at night or early in the morning, it shouldn't take long to find a good route, or several routes. If you're a teenager, however, you may need to work harder at finding a carrier job. Even if a newspaper wanted to hire you, state law may prevent them from doing so. In many states, like Massachusetts, minors under 18 cannot drive a vehicle as part of a job, nor can they work before 7 a.m., which prohibits them from delivering most morning-edition newspapers.
If you are under 18, you may have better luck finding a job delivering flyers. If you truly do want to deliver newspapers, call the publisher of your local weekly community newspaper, explain why you want a job as a paperboy or papergirl, and ask him to keep you in mind for any future openings.