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Roundspeople deliver and sell goods and services to homes and businesses, usually from a van.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 to 48 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need: 

  • maths skills
  • a full driving licence
  • a reasonable level of fitness

Experience in driving, retail or sales will be useful.

You could take a short business start-up course run by a local college, adult education centre or enterprise organisation, but this isn’t essential.

You could start as a roundsperson's assistant. 

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to organise and manage your time
  • Self-motivation
  • good customer care skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll deliver and serve goods, usually from your van. You’ll sell things like milk, ice-cream, sandwiches, fish, vegetables, drinks, frozen meals, make-up and cleaning products.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • checking your van and making sure it’s clean and safe to use
  • going to wholesalers or your employer and loading up orders and goods 
  • planning your route and driving to customers
  • dropping off orders
  • handling cash
  • returning to base and unloading unsold items
  • keeping accurate records

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Your salary may increase with bonuses and commission.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 40 to 48 hours a week at times that suit your customers. This could include early starts, evenings, weekends, and seasonal hours.

You’ll spend most of your time on the road making deliveries. 

You’ll be out in all weathers and may need to be physically fit to carry heavy loads.

6. Career path and progression

In larger companies you may be able to progress into supervisory and management roles. 

You could take on a franchise.

If you’re self-employed and there’s enough demand for your goods you could take on a team of roundspeople to work for you. 

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Last updated: 09 October 2018