Newspaper delivery

United States
September 26, 2007 11:47am CST
Two of my grandchildren have recently gotten a newspaper route to deliver the local paper. Is this a good way for 12 year olds to make money? Have you ever delivered papers? Do you really make any money out of this or is it just about learning to do something on a regular basis? Please give me your thoughts and/or stories about delivering papers. Happy posting..
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5 responses
• China
1 Oct 07
Yes,that's a good way for 12 year olds to make money.And it's better to let them have some experiences in stock market when they are very young.Kids learn fast,to them,making money in the stock market is just like playing computer games.
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• United States
20 Oct 07
Hi david, That is a very good idea. I'll talk to the kids about this and see where it goes. Right now if either of them get any money that is theirs, the spend it right away. No saving with these two. Thanks for the idea.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
27 Sep 07
In high school my friend and I decided we were going to take a big trip after graduation. We got three routes that we shared and made enough money for our post graduation trip. We learned a lot about responsibility and what it is like to hold down a job. I can remember once it was snowing so hard our paper carts wouldn't get through the snow so we stole a shopping cart and delivered our papers by shopping cart. Of course the police pulled over to see what we were doing and made sure we were going to return the cart. The next morning we used a sled to deliver the papers. We had a lot of fun as well as a lot of cold mornings! I think delivering papers is a good job to start off with.
• United States
20 Oct 07
Hi whywiki, Thanks for your response, it is very encouraging. It also sounds like a lot of fun.
@gwendovere (1283)
• United States
27 Sep 07
I've never done this, although I've wanted to. But my cousin did when we were growing up & I think it was really good for him. He learned to be responsible, had to get up early, be punctual, & earned money. He didn't earn a lot, but at age 12, you usually don't really need to. I think he learned a lot from the experience. :)
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• United States
20 Oct 07
Thanks gwen, That's encouraging. My granddaughter needs to be more responsible for her actions, and we are hoping this will help.
@chargoans (940)
• United States
26 Sep 07
If he has a good deal, he can acquire alarger territory if he likes it. He will make additional untaxed money if he receives tips. If a 12 yo boy came to my house to deliver the paper and took the extra effort to address me or smile and say have a good day, I would feel more apt to give him a tip for a job well done. If no interaction among subscribers, then the best way to make additional money is of course to pick up more customers. I am sure it's the same there as here, the more papers they deliver the less each costs them to sell. :-) It will be an awesome introductory job for the "real world."
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• United States
20 Oct 07
Hi chargoans, Good points, and I think that is important for kids to learn. They need to be nice when dealing with the public, and to do a good job.
@sunshine4 (8707)
• United States
26 Sep 07
I think that it is a great way for a 12 yr old to make a little money but also to learn about responsibilities. If they are good at their job, they will get tips from the customers. I would recommend it to my kids if we lived in a town where they could walk delivering newspapers.
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• United States
20 Oct 07
Hi sunshine, I also think this can teach a 12 year old some responsibilities. Also how to treat their customers courteously too. It doesn't hurt to tell their customer hello, and have a good day, if they happen to be outside. Thanks for your response, and have a good day.