Working as a roundsperson involves delivering and selling goods and services to homes and businesses, usually by van. This may be on a self-employed basis, or as a franchisee, working for a company and paying a percentage of the earnings to them.
Areas in which roundspeople work include making home deliveries of milk and other dairy items; providing a sandwich service to businesses; selling ice-cream or fast food and running mobile shops selling goods ranging from foodstuffs to books and cleaning products.
The work also involves collecting stock from wholesalers, handling cash and keeping accurate records.
Most roundspeople are self-employed, and although the hours are flexible, they must work at times to suit customers. It is common to work 40 to 48 hours a week, including evenings and weekends. Part-time work may be available.
Some roundspeople, such as milkmen and women, have a more structured day, although this does involve an early start. Running a mobile shop requires staying in certain places for a set length of time. Some rounds are seasonal, such as those involving fast food and ice cream, and hours will vary.
To be a roundsperson you should:
Possible employers include wholesale distributors, manufacturing firms, service companies and dairies. Demand for roundspeople is more likely to be in rural areas.
There is a steady demand for franchisees all over the UK. Taking on a franchise will usually involve putting in some money yourself.
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