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Merchandising: Flexible Earning Opportunity

Updated on October 29, 2010

Are you looking for a flexible part time job opportunity that allows you to maintain a high degree of control over your schedule and work independently? If so, you may want to consider seeking employment or an independent contractor position as a part-time retail merchandiser.

What is a Retail Merchandiser?

Merchandisers, sometimes referred to as visual merchandisers, handle in-store marketing tasks for specific product lines in certain stores. Duties and assignments vary by project, manufacturer, and store. Merchandisers may work in supermarkets, mass market retailers, convenience stores, drug stores, big box electronics stores, home improvement warehouses and other locations.

A merchandiser who handles a particular brand of greeting cards, for example, may go into stores where her product line has shelf space and take care of stocking, inventory and straightening displays on shelves. A merchandiser who handles a line of DVD videos that are marketed in supermarkets may be responsible for setting up display units, stocking, organizing, taking inventory and sending back overstock items or discontinued merchandise.

To enjoy success as a merchandiser, you will need to be able to read a planogram, which is a document that provides details about how product displays should be set up, and set up merchandise according to the specifications. It’s also necessary for merchandisers to have excellent organizational skills, be able to use a digital camera and fill out online reports and build positive relationships with store personnel by practicing exceptional customer service.

About Retail Merchandising Positions

Flexible Merchandising Jobs

There are a number of merchandising provider companies that work with manufacturers to ensure that their products are properly displayed in various retail stores. These companies often hire part time or contract workers for specific geographic territories. Rather than hiring full time workers to travel from one location to another, these companies often contract with or hire people seeking flexible earnings opportunities in the cities and towns where they have service projects.

Find Jobs on

One of the best ways to find out about open merchandising positions is to register for a free job seeker profile on the National Association of Retail Merchandisers (NARMS) website. To sign up, simply go to and complete the form. It’s free to create your profile and to use the site to search for openings.

You can even sign up to receive free email notifications when positions in your geographic area that match your qualifications are posted to the site. Additionally, you can search the site to learn more about the companies that provide merchandising services. When open position notifications go up, be sure to reply right away, as the best jobs are likely to be taken quickly!


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  • poetvix profile image

    poetvix 7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

    Thanks for this most useful information. This sounds like a good opportunity for college students, moms and others needing a flexible schedule.

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    Vicki Parker 7 years ago from the Deep South

    Thanks for this. I forwarded it on to my daughter who is looking. This would be perfect for her.