Make Change, Don’t Give Change!
Achieving domestic autonomy is about reaching stability, and it’s hard for that to happen without financial autonomy. It’s not enough to look at someone who’s struggling and tell them to “Get a job!” There are quite a number of issues and obstacles at play, but we won’t outline them here. Let’s suffice it to say that many of the people we encounter in pursuing our mission are very willing to work hard at lifting themselves up by their bootstraps… if only they had boots.
- Vendors start out with 10 free papers when they sign up. This gets cash in their pocket, which they can use to invest in more papers at 25c each.
- Established vendors develop their own selling areas and clientele, forming relationships with the people to whom they sell.
- Vendors drive their own success; the more a vendor treats selling the paper as a regular job (consistent hours and location), the better they do.
- Many papers offer sales incentives and rewards. Papers like Toledo Streets also give motivated vendors further opportunities such as selling advertising to increase skill development and income prospects.
- Other papers, such as Groundcover News, include in its vendor services programs like Individual Development Accounts (also seed-funded by 1Matters), where vendors are rewarded for saving money towards a goal.
- Beyond the income and skill set growth, selling the paper allows vendors to have something current for their resume, which helps increase their chances of landing a more traditional job.