Delivering Phone Books for Extra Money: Phonebooks were once the main way we had of looking up phone numbers and addresses of local businesses or acquaintances. Throwing away the 650,000 tons of phonebooks distributed each year costs municipalities somewhere between $45 and $62 million.
How to Apply for Phone Delivery Jobs
Phone carriers often have Yellow Pages or White Pages available of currently listed phone numbers in the region. Both Verizon White Pages and AT&T White Pages have the resources to order more books.
For a business owner seeking to use traditional cold calling techniques, getting additional copies of the Yellow Pages or White Pages is the least expensive way to put together a calling list.
Each sales representative can literally use a section of the phone book to make calls.
Call the AT&T Directory Resource Center at 866.329.7118 to speak with a representative and order more books to be delivered to you.
The Verizon White Pages are available online, but you can order a copy via the service number 800.888.8448.
This would also be the same number to call if you eventually decide to opt-out of paper copies.
Most White Pages and Yellow Pages are available online, just like the Verizon White Pages. If you are in urgent need to find a Santa Monica phone number—or any other regional number—try the online version first.
You can also go to a library to review current and recent copies of the phone book. The library normally has several current copies on hand and may have a few older issues, if you need to cross-reference an order number.
How Much Can You Make Delivering Phone Books
Distributors are recruited to deliver in their local area and routes are typically around 800 books. You will collect your directories, using your own vehicle, from a store in your local area, where you will be given training on how to correctly deliver the directory.
You will have 7 days to complete your route, and you can manage your time for the delivery. All routes will be checked to ensure customers receive their copies in the correct way.
Pay ranges are different for each route dependent on the density of the local area. A typical route will be in the region of £60 – £80.
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Advantages of Delivering Phone Books
”Well, at least we don’t have to ask (or beg, heh) anyone in order to give them out.” They automatically go to every address in a given neighborhood.
Based on the few such calls that I’ve received, the follow-up calls are just random checks rather than an address-to-address verification of every home.
If I manage to keep an appointment with the guy in charge, I’ll be able to find out more. Sizewise, these aren’t too bad—I’ve seen them on doorsteps as I do papers, and they are maybe as heavy as a Sunday paper.
I do 300 of them every Sunday (and they have to be done in under 5 hours), so the actual work involved won’t be that bad.
wouldn’t, I mean. Hypothetically. “I sure won’t do it for cents on the book.” said a delivery person online.
Disadvantages of Delivering Phone Books
Below is a testimony by a phone book delivery employee from East Midlands
“I distribute phone books for Letterbox, have done so for a number of years, and enjoy the work.
I appreciate the degree of autonomy, e.g., choosing my routes via your online “wizard,” choosing which days I work, and organizing an efficient and logical order in which to deliver on my route, unlike some delivery companies that require staff to work like robots.
However, what I object to is that there is no pay increase from year to year! The amount paid for each route is the same as 2/3/4/5 years ago.
The standard rate is 7p per book delivered, and the number of books that can be delivered in 1 hour varies from 100 to 120 depending on the housing type and density.
Therefore, it is already slightly below the national minimum wage equivalent and will become more so as the minimum wage increases.
People should not work or be expected to work for less than this rate. Pay rate needs to increase as a matter of urgency, or it will become harder and harder for Letterbox to recruit & retain workers; people will go’’