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    how does a post office work?

    is it as simple as the goverment pays u to run a post office @30-40k a year?

    anyone ran one before?

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    Some useful research for you ]here

    Original Poster

    lol is that a joke? its a childs game

    the government has nothing to do with it. it all depends on weather you run the post office or bring it into your shop as a franchise but then you can still have staff paid direct by the post office. whats the situation and i may be able to help more

    Original Poster

    how does a post office make money?

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    muffin247;7651421

    how does a post office make money?


    selling services! :thinking:

    in general employees or post master is paid a salary from the post office and they may pay rent if it is not their own property. if you give us more details of the situation you are talking about it would be easier to help

    Original Poster

    im looking to run one

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    muffin247;7651992

    im looking to run one


    so how much deposit have you got for the franchise?

    is there one already near you? its rare they will open a new one but if one is relocating they could move it. do you have a shop space for it or are you looking to just go into one already up and running and just work there? if it is your building they pay you rent and then they either put staff in and all you get is rent or you become the post master and they pay you a salary and rent etc comes out of that.

    i cant really give any more info unless you do

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    [COLOR=#050296][FONT=Arial]The Subpostmaster[/FONT][/COLOR]
    According to the NFSP: “Subpostmasters are not employees of the Post Office Ltd, but act as agents contracted to provide services on behalf of the Post Office Ltd.”
    The Post Office pays the subpostmaster a fixed payment together with a supplement according to how many transactions pass over the counter.
    However, although it is quite easy to buy a post office business, prospective owners must apply for the post of subpostmaster by filling in an official application form and producing a business plan.
    This might all sound daunting, but the combination of a guaranteed payment from the Post Office and an income from your own business offers owners a lot more stability than most private ventures.
    All of which strengthens both the comfort of Government support and the potential for entrepreneurship – an ideal for many. But not everyone is suited to the job.
    Most subpostmasters have had a background in a customer-facing industry and are more than happy to deal with and explain complicated matters to the general public.
    People with experience in other retail areas, particularly banking, make up a high proportion of buyer - but some knowledge of running a business is also vital. Computers and technology are also becoming more important within the job.
    The Post Office prefers applicants who are both stable and mature. Running a Post Office branch carries more responsibilities than most businesses as you are legally responsible for the delivery of registered letters and giros – and, perhaps most importantly, vulnerable local people are dependent on your services. In very rural areas the branch can be the bedrock of the community.
    Nevertheless potential subpostmasters are provided with training before taking on the job. This takes the form of workbooks together with one or two days in the classroom. This will be followed by a day with an experienced subpostmaster and a couple of weeks of on-site training.
    The NFSP says a prospective subpostmasters’ business plan should include information on the following:
    [LIST]
    [*]How the premises will be run
    [*]Competitors
    [*]Business hours
    [*]Cost projections
    [*]General business objectives
    [*]Marketing and advertising
    [*]Customer base
    [*]Use of technology
    [*]Role in local community
    [*]Accounts
    [*]Staffing
    [*]Finances
    [*]Profit budget
    [*]Cash flow forecasts[/LIST] More information on becoming a subpostmaster can be found on the NFSP website.

    Original Poster

    looking to buy one already up and running on a leasehold, and running it myself
    thats pretty much it

    then you will get a salary and other bits but basically a salary

    Original Poster

    wtf that info looks scary so if i buy a newagents with post office how will they implement that info?
    i mean can they stop me purchasing the newsagents/po if they feel im not up o the job, or allow me to purchase the property but get someone else to run the po?

    you think that looks scary wait until you start looking at leasehold instead of freehold

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    muffin247;7652150

    wtf that info looks scary so if i buy a newagents with post office how … wtf that info looks scary so if i buy a newagents with post office how will they implement that info?i mean can they stop me purchasing the newsagents/po if they feel im not up o the job, or allow me to purchase the property but get someone else to run the po?


    well its not exactly a job that anyone can walk into. You need to pay them £5000 for a licence too and £2000 extra for each counter in the PO.

    i used to own a post office and you do NOT get a salary. you get a percentage of every transaction you carry out, eg so much for selling a stamp, cashing a giro ets. i sold mine and got out because people are not using post offices as much as they used to and more and more services are being taken away from them. my advise - DO NOT BUY A POST OFFICE, IT'S A MUGS GAME!!!

    CSIMAN, WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INFO FROM BECAUSE YOU DO NOT PAY THE POST OFFICE ANYTHING. THE SELECTION PROCESS IS VERY LENGTHY AND YOU HAVE SEVERAL INTERVIEWS, CREDIT CHECKS AND POLICE CHECKS BEFORE THEY WILL ACCEPT YOU. THEN YOU HAVE TRAINING! CHECK YOUR FACTS!!!!sorry for caps forgot they were on lol!!

    thats good to know milly as our local po is being closed and they are wanting to put it in a corner of our shop and have offered us rent and salary for a postmaster

    it's a bit different when the post office approach you, they will bend over backwards for you so try and strike a hard bargain!!

    lol it may not happen as a group in the village want to buy the property and run it to be honest hope they get it lol

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    milly2306;7652332

    it's a bit different when the post office approach you, they will bend … it's a bit different when the post office approach you, they will bend over backwards for you so try and strike a hard bargain!!


    i will be running a newsagents alongside the po so thats alot better?

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