I started a new job today. Well, I suppose some don’t call it a job, more of something to do that pays me, but I call it a job because I get income from it. My new job? Paper carrier. Yes, I got myself a paper route. Two actually.
The newspaper here has two routes that are easily done together in about 2.5 – 3 hours from the time you pick up your papers to the time you deliver the last paper. I started with the bigger one this morning (the district manager for my district is showing me the route) and tomorrow morning he’s going to take me around the route again, but this time he’s going to have me do more of the deliveries than I did this morning. This morning he had me deliver 4 of the papers. One to a bank (get it up by the doors), one to the porch of a house, one to the hooks on the bottom of a mailbox, and one through a mail slot. I really hope the Sunday paper isn’t supposed to go through that slot because the Thursday paper barely fit – I can’t imagine getting the Sunday paper through there!
There is one house I’m not sure how I’ll handle it. The person lives in the upstairs of a top/bottom duplex. Her porch is on the back of the house and the district manager says just to throw the paper up over the railing onto the porch… but that it’s difficult because you have to aim right. The gate isn’t locked and she has steps that lead up there, why not go through the gate, up a few steps, and toss it from there?
Other than that, the bigger route doesn’t seem too bad. I think I’ll spend the most time trying to get the papers rolled up and banded to be honest. But we’ll see how this works out. At least I’m usually up when this is going on, so it’s not like I’m having to get up to go to work, I go to work before I go to bed.
Oh, and both routes combined net me a little over $600 a month – which isn’t bad considering I’m working about 70 hours a month – I made about the same working 80 hours a month at my last job. I mean, I’m not rolling in the dough or able to pay for an apartment or anything, but it’s income and it’s pretty easy money.