Interested in becoming a vendor? We’re always looking to add people to our team! All you need to do is come to our office, attend training, and go sell magazines. Check the frequently asked questions below for more information and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Who can become a vendor?
Whether you’re homeless, low-income, a former offender, or currently panhandling, we’d be happy to employ you. The only requirement is that you be at least 18 years of age. To get started all you have to do is attend a vendor training!
When are vendor trainings?
Vendor trainings are every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am at the WestTown Resource Center located at 1724 NW 4th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73106.
How does it work?
At training you’ll learn more about The Curbside Chronicle and review our code of conduct and independent contractor agreement. After you sign these documents, you’ll get 15 magazines for free. You can sell these magazines on public land around OKC for the suggested donation of $2 (plus tips!). Vendors keep 100% of their profits from sales. Once you sell your first 15 magazines, you can come back to our office and buy more magazines for $0.75 each and receive a uniform. This uniform shows our supporters that you have passed the training phase and are now a full-fledged vendor! Click here to see a visual explanation of this process.
Why do I have to buy the magazines after the first 15?
The $0.75 per magazine helps us pay for printing and creates ownership, responsibility, and empowerment in the vendor position. At The Curbside Chronicle, we believe in a hand-up not a handout. Each magazine cost The Curbside Chronicle $1.03 to print. Thanks to the $0.75 vendor fee and the money we make from advertising, we are able to remain sustainable and print more issues for our vendors to sell.
Do vendors get paid commission?
No, this is not a commission-based job. Think of yourself as a small business owner. After your first 15 free, you buy magazines at the reduced price of $0.75 and continue to sell them for the suggested donation of $2. You keep 100% of profits from sales and purchase more magazines to restock your inventory. Congratulations! You’re now a small business owner!
How much will I make?
How much you make depends on how often you sell and how long you stay out. The more you treat the magazine like a job, the better you will do. Our best vendors are those that maintain a consistent schedule, going out to sell magazines 4-5 times per week for 4-8 hours per day. These vendors usually sell 20-40 magazines a day, allowing them to afford housing and necessities. Many of our vendors also supplement their income by selling at events and festivals around Oklahoma City on nights and weekends.
Can you help me find housing and other jobs?
Yes, we would love to help you get housing and move on to a new job! We help our vendors set financial goals, apply for affordable housing, and even move in and furnish their new homes. We also help vendors build their resumes, search for employment, fill out job applications, and prepare for interviews. We are happy to provide letters of recommendation for our hard working vendors. We also work to connect our vendors with other nonprofits in OKC that provide other valuable resources they may need.