Walking a morning newspaper (Dagblad)

Running a morning newspaper: what are the advantages, what are the disadvantages? What’s the difference between a regular paper route? Do I earn more money with a morning newspaper route than with a regular paper route?

Contents

  • Morning newspaper deliverer
  • On which days should I deliver the newspapers?
  • What time should I get out of bed in the morning?
  • How much money do I make running a morning newspaper?
  • Materials required
  • Do I earn more money with a morning district than with a daytime paper route?
  • I’m not sure whether I want a morning newspaper as a side job

Morning newspaper deliverer

If you deliver the morning newspaper, it means that you are the deliverer of the daily newspapers that are delivered (early) every morning. You are the one who ensures that daily newspaper subscribers receive their newspaper on time every morning. There are several newspapers that are distributed early in the morning:

  • The Telegraph
  • The AD (Algemeen Dagblad)
  • The Trouw
  • De Volkskrant
  • The NRC Handelsblad
  • Het Parool

There are also regional newspapers, for example:

  • Agricultural Journal
  • The Gooi and Eemlander
  • The Stentor
  • Haarlems Dagblad
  • Barneveldse newspaper
  • Reformatorisch Dagblad

On which days should I deliver the newspapers?

Depending on the newspaper, the newspapers are delivered from Monday to Friday, or Monday to Saturday. At most print distributors you walk the paper route all week, so from Monday to Saturday.

What time should I get out of bed in the morning?

Most newspapers must be delivered before 7am in the morning. This also differs per distributor, but most require the newspapers to be in the mail before 7 am. If you are not yet 18 years old, you are not allowed to pick up the newspapers before 6:00 am. If you are over 18 years old you can pick up the newspapers earlier, this means that you could do multiple neighborhoods, which of course increases the earnings, but does mean that you have to get up earlier. Normally you will receive a neighborhood that you should be able to have delivered within an hour. If you are over 18 years old, you can of course, in consultation with the publisher, distribute several newspapers or deliver to a larger district. This automatically means that you have to get out of bed earlier, because the newspapers must be in the mail before seven o’clock.

How much money do I make running a morning newspaper?

This question is difficult to answer as it varies per publisher, newspaper, number of newspapers, size of the district and (special) compensation. I would like to take my own morning neighborhood as an example: I run from Monday to Saturday, on Saturdays there are supplements to the newspapers. My neighborhood has about 65 houses, this can vary from day to day. I pick up the newspapers at 6 o’clock and am back home at seven o’clock. The houses in my neighborhood are no further than 1.5 KM apart. The newspapers are tabloid format. I receive an amount of 150/160 euros per month for running. Please keep in mind that this is an example, how everything is put together and arranged may differ per publisher.

Materials required

To run a morning newspaper you will need:

  • a sturdy bicycle
  • a luggage carrier (on your bicycle) that is sturdy
  • bicycle bags (often supplied by the publisher)

Do I earn more money with a morning district than with a daytime paper route?

Yes, with a morning district you earn more money than with a normal district. This has to do with the following reasons:

  • The publishers of daily newspapers (morning newspapers) are often larger and have a greater interest in the newspaper being delivered properly, because subscribers pay (a lot of) money to receive their newspaper in the morning.
  • Since you have to get out of bed early in the morning, you will receive more money. For many people this is too much of a task, so they choose not to get the morning newspaper.

I’m not sure whether I want a morning newspaper as a side job

Advantages

Cons

You receive a relatively large amount of money if you look at the number of working hours.

You have to get out of bed early.

At the end of the year you can collect a nice amount by wishing your delivery addresses happy holidays.

If you are ill, you (often) have to find a replacement yourself, who may not always feel like walking your paper route.

You get out of bed early, so you have a good reason to get up early so you don’t stay in bed for an unnecessarily long time.

Even if you don’t feel like it, or you had a party the night before, you will have to deliver the newspapers. This may be less pleasant than normal.

It is wonderfully quiet in the morning and you can fully enjoy the sunrise.