A newsagent sells newspapers and magazines but may also hire out videos or take in dry-cleaning. Most newsagents sell sweets and cigarettes and are called CTNs (confectioner, tobacconist and newsagent).
They will handle cash and serve customers. Stock handling will mean trips to a cash and carry for merchandise. It may be necessary to use a computer for paperwork such as record keeping. Newsagents may employ staff, and will need to understand and comply with employment, health and safety, and selling laws.
Newsagents offering newspaper delivery will have to get the papers ready and supervise the delivery boys and girls when they arrive.
Newsagents might own the shop or manage one of a chain.
Newsagents usually work more than 45 hours a week, between 6am and 6pm. Most shops open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
The work involves long periods of standing, and having to lift and carry stock.
As a newsagent you should:
There are around 53,000 newspaper and magazine outlets in the UK snd Ireland, approximately 20,000 of these are independent newsagents. Many are run by couples and they often live on the premises.
Newsagents have been hard hit by the growth of supermarkets. Many move into other areas - perhaps opening a sub post-office or a convenience store. The National Lottery is improving profits.
It may be possible to take on extra shops, or expand the business into new areas. Newsagents in chains may move to larger shops or into senior or regional management.
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