On RealWaystoEarn, I like to sometimes share outside-the-home jobs that offer flexible, independent work. Jobs like this are definitely worthy of mention here. For example, mystery shopping is one that I have already covered a little, but today I want to talk to you about working as a product merchandiser.
What do merchandisers do?
Has anyone at Sam's Club, Target, or Walmart ever asked you to sample a product? Have you ever seen someone stocking shelves, setting up magazines, or arranging signs for display?
You might have initially believed these people were store employees. But they're not.
These people are product merchandisers.
Product manufacturers typically hire merchandisers to set up displays and signs, offer samples, perform demonstrations, and handle merchandising resets.
Why should merchandising jobs be of interest to people who want to work from home?
Merchandising may be of interest because people who want to work from home tend to desire flexible schedules. While merchandising requires you to leave your home, it does typically offer flexibility and independence.
Keep in mind that the flexibility may depend on the company or companies you're with. Some companies may offer a flexible schedule, while others might require you to work on certain days.
How much does merchandising pay?
Merchandising pay will vary depending on who you are doing merchandising for, but it's generally anywhere from $8 to $20 per hour.
Some merchandising companies will additionally reimburse you for your mileage. This is especially important if you are having to travel a good distance away from your home to do the work.
Is it OK to do merchandising for more than one company?
Yes, you can certainly work for more than one company. But it's important to be mindful of things like store location and the amount of work involved.
For example, let's say you accept two merchandising jobs for the same day. However, the stores are 30 to 40 miles apart from each other. That may not really work out for you because of all the driving.
So, don't immediately accept every job you're offered. Sometimes it pays to be selective. If you're going to take on multiple merchandising jobs, try to make sure they aren't too far apart.
Do you have to have experience to be a merchandiser?
Some companies would prefer that you have a background in retail, but many will hire you regardless. Once you land the first merchandising job, you can use that experience to get more work. You might find it easier to get more jobs after you've got a few under your belt.
How do you get started merchandising?
To get started, you need some good sources for finding the merchandising opportunities. Manufacturers will post the opportunities and how to contact them. You can apply, and if they are interested, they will contact you.
I highly recommend visiting Volition.com's merchandising forum for current job postings.
These companies often hire product merchandisers:
Market Force (also has mystery shopping jobs)
Acosta (open to Canadians)
Franklin Retail Solutions
News America Marketing (open to several different countries worldwide)
The Pat Henry Group
Premium Retail Services
Retail Merchandising Services (Target only)
Good luck in whatever you choose to do!