Phone Book Delivery Jobs
By Steve Gillman
I am somewhat familiar with phone book delivery jobs, because
that is one of the seventy or more ways I have made money in
the past. At the time I had one of these positions, they paid
cash or a check at the end of each week. The pay wasn't great,
but then how much you made really depended on how efficiently
you worked, and I was quick.
Every year phone book publishers come out with their new editions,
and they need them delivered to just about every address in every
community they serve. Some residents who live in more isolated
locales get the books by mail, but most are delivered by independent
contractors who sign up to work for a few weeks. That could be
you, if you like driving around and delivering things.
You typically need your own car, and it helps if you have
a truck or van, so you can take the bigger routes without having
to return constantly for more phone books. When I did this, the
car I was driving was sitting low with more than a thousand pounds
of them. There were about a dozen drivers who showed up to take
a route, and as long as each had a driver's license and an insured
car, he or she was hired. We were paid by the book at the end
of the week, and there were enough routes available for some
drivers to keep busy for two weeks, but you had to finish a route
before claiming the next one available.
How Much Can You Make?
When I did phone book delivery in the 1990s I was paid just
6 cents per book delivered. That would be terrible pay if it
was simply a matter of delivering a book to each home. Fortunately,
any residents needed two or three phone books, and many businesses
on the route took 100 or more at a time. Real estate offices
were the best stops.
Looking at the postings for phone book delivery jobs online,
I see that many do not specify pay, while others give ranges
from $9 to $15 per hour. The fact that a range is given suggests
that they are paying per delivered book. This is not a way to
make much money, but it is a way to make fast cash. Work long
hours for a week and you might make $500 to $900.
Ways to Make More | Related Opportunities
Obviously when you are paid per book delivered you make more
per hour for working fast. You also make more period, because
you get to complete more routes before all the phone books are
delivered. If getting your hourly rate up is your goal, look
for routes that have many businesses on them, and especially
those that have office buildings, since you are likely to drop
off many more in a short time at these locations than if you
go door-to-door in a residential neighborhood. You also can try
to get the routes that include large apartment complexes, since
these are faster deliveries than houses in the suburbs.
Qualifications / Requirements
Generally all you need is a vehicle, a driver's license, and
insurance. It can help if you have a dolly for larger deliveries.
Look for jobs online or call the publishers of your local
phone books. If your state requires an upgrade of your driver's
license, get that taken care of before showing up for work.
- There were hundreds of openings listed here the last time I