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Earn money from Retail Merchandising.

Blending a combination of working from home and some local travel, a retail merchandising job is one way to make some extra money. There are both part time positions as well as full time roles, and some companies listed below will also hire contractors for this. Retail merchandisers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including senior citizens, teenagers, single moms, and others. It is an effective way for anyone to earn some extra money, and the jobs tend to be flexible.

What is merchandising?

Merchandising encompasses the many different tasks that one does to support the movement of services and products out of a retailer's door. This includes having coupons, brochures, or other informational material available at or near the point of purchase to encourage the shopper to buy the item. Another key is ensuring attractive signage or other high quality promotional displays are on site where the product is displayed and having the items placed and arranged on a shelf or hangers. The job will involve visiting stores to ensure this has been done.

But there are many other activities that merchandising includes. It can go on to include ensuring that the proper product is out on the sales floor, in sufficient quantity, in the correct place, and that it is priced correctly. Or ensuring the shelves at the retailer are clean and organized. The job may also require stocking shelves, completing reports, maintain store relations with the retail manager, and much more. Each position may have its own responsibilities.

A retail merchandiser will sometimes deliver sales or educational materials to a store, or even give some training on the items, so that the store employees will learn more about the retail product and how to sell it. The retail merchandiser also serves as a "goodwill ambassador" for the manufacturer, and needs to develop a positive relationship with the store which can often lead to securing better placement of, or additional orders for the product.

Income opportunities from being a retail merchandiser

While it can very well grow into a full time opportunity, if you do it as a part time, work from home type job, then a typical income will be as follows. Merchandising manufacturers or companies will usually pay you in one of two ways: 1) they pay an hourly wage for all the work that you perform for them, so the amount you can earn per assignment will vary with the amount of hours it takes. You will typically make $7-$20  per hour as a retail merchandiser. Or the second way to get paid is the company will pay you a flat rate per job (like they do in mystery shopping). And you get paid this rate whether it takes you five minutes or five hours to complete the merchandising job. They usually pay $9-$30 per job.




A major positive from retail merchandising is that it can be fairly regular work, but very flexible. You can typically select the days and hours you do the assignment within certain date ranges. Maybe best of all, many of the companies you work with will want you for ongoing assignments (provided you do a decent job), and they will offer you lots of different assignments on a regular basis. So it could potentially grow into a longer term, or maybe even full time job as well as source of funds.

Since you will be at the retail establishment anyway, read about mystery shoppers, another work at home opportunity that you may also be able to perform during the visit. People often undertake retail merchandising and mystery shopping positions at the same time. This allows them to earn even more cash in a mostly stress free way.

Retail Merchandising Companies

Many retailers advertise positions and will directly hire people to work for them. So check some major retailers in your local community for a job. Use and search job boards like or, and search for positions.

In addition, some private companies in the industry may also have positions, or place people with national retailers. The salaries and income opportunities will vary by job and company. Before signing up with one of these private retail merchandising companies, read the fine print of any contract. Some of these companies include.

  • Spar Group -
  • Lawrence Merchandising -
  • Retail Merchandising Services -
  • M3 Merchandinsing -
  • Coyle Hospitality Group - This is a market leader in the industry.
  • Wal-Mart provides research opportunities. -
  • Beyond Hello - Another market leader in the merchandising business.

By Jon McNamara

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