Cindy - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )
This is NOT any kind of investment thing, it is an actual Employee, W-2 job I worked after a company asked me to put coupons for printers out in an Office Max store back in the mid 1990's. The company hired "merchandisers" to do things like coupon placing, stickering products and audits in a variety of retail stores. When I investigated further, I found many had jobs paid $10 or more for doing 15-20 minutes of pretty easy work. They wanted it done during the day on a weekday, no nights or weekends were needed. So I started going out to a couple stores in the morning while my kids were in school, putting out these coupons or stickers, and I was back before I needed to pick them up!
A little background about me here, I DID the direct sales thing, and actually did well with getting into upper management, winning week-long trips for my husband and me to London, Hawaii, Cancun and Hong Kong. I REALLY did try to get that to bring in an income!
With merchandising though, I was an employee getting an actual paycheck every other week, and it started to make a difference! I've learned in the years since that there are people that do this for 15-20 hours a week (which I did NOT do at first) and then some that even work more doing complicated resets and even entire store remodels! I didn't realize how many companies paid people to go and make sure the shelf space, advertising or display they paid for at a store was really the way they wanted.
After years of really having fun doing this work, I did move into management--managing the folks and making sure the jobs were done, etc. Now I am a recruiter for a company where I find people to do the work. I DON'T get paid for people responding or anything like that--this is genuine, become an employee and these are the jobs we need completed in your area, work.
If you know someone that would like to do this, let me know, I work with the western US, but other recruiters in our company have other areas, and I know folks at other companies I've worked for in the past, that might be looking for someone in your area. My company is Premium Retail Services, but you can do a search on merchandising companies and come up with all kinds of them doing work in stores from local Wal-marts to grocery to electronics stores! Most pay $10/hour, and you may not even spend that long doing whatever is needed. I enjoyed working in the electronics stores particularly, I loved spending time in our CompUSA before it closed--the employees there were great!
I hope this helps someone that maybe doesn't need a FT job, but does need some income or to keep busy. Had I realized these types of jobs existed, I probably wouldn't have spent the money I had on direct sales--even though it was also fun at the time.