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Become a Big Issue vendor

Start earning as a vendor today in 2 easy steps:

  1. Drop into your local office or call us on 0207 526 3445 to sign up
  2. We will give you five free magazines and a pitch location, so you can start earning straight away. Plus, you’ll receive another 25 free magazines over your first four weeks.

What does it mean to be a vendor and how does it work:

We support every vendor to run their own mini business, buying and selling the Big Issue magazine each week. We sell the Big Issue magazine to vendors at £1.75 and vendors sell the magazine on to customers for £4, keeping the difference. Vendors can earn a legitimate income whilst gaining valuable social and transferable business and financial skills. If you sell over 100 magazines each week you could earn £225+ per week.

Working as a vendor is fully flexible, so vendors can sell on their pitches any time of day, working their own hours, as their own boss to earn as much as they can. All you need is yourself, your pitch and your magazines.

How we support vendors:

We have a range of ways we support and work with vendors to improve their lives, developing support plans based on individual circumstances, goals and aspirations.  

New Vendors

As a new vendor, we want to support you to get off to a fast start and be as successful as possible. So we will support you:

  • To achieve your own personal goals and aspirations:
    • Providing guidance in a range of areas including sales coaching, health, financial and digital confidence
    • Support you with access to programmes, training opportunities and work placements
    • Provide ongoing 1:1 support from the team
  • If you sell with us (between now until April 30th) you will receive 30 free magazines to kickstart working as a vendor (allocated over a 6 week period)
  • If you buy 100 magazines (between Jan and Apr 30th) you will receive a £25 shopping voucher.

Existing Vendors

As a current vendor who is already selling the magazine, you can access a range of support to help you through the cost of living crisis:

  • If you buy the magazine every week from 14th Nov to 5th Feb you can receive a £25 food voucher 
  • Take a free ‘cost of living’ check with a vendor outreach worker between Jan-Apr 2023 and you will receive 5 free magazines
  • Key services available to you during your ‘cost of living’ check:
    • Income check to access key support
    • Support budgeting your income
    • Money off and manage your energy bills
    • Free toiletries and warm items
    • Housing help
    • Help finding work
  • Grants for emergency items and support with essentials through the Hand Up fund. 

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