How to become a postmaster

In Britain, a postmaster is called a sub-postmaster. First ensure you have the available finances to pursue this opportunity. This could be from £30,000 to £200,000 and over, as of April 2013. In return, the Post Office will provide training and support. They will pay you for conducting business on their behalf. The more business you do, the more pay you will earn.

Decide what kind of working environment is right for you. The three choices available, according to The Post Office, are working in a rural branch, a suburban branch and a high street branch. In a rural branch, you will serve mainly local people and the pace of work is likely to be less hurried. In a suburban post office, you will serve a variety of clients including passing trade. For a potentially more challenging position, choose a high street branch. Typically, they are busy all day catering to the varying needs of a wide range of different customers.

Download the brochure “An opportunity to manage the business of everyday life.” (See Resources). Read it carefully to confirm your interest in becoming a sub-postmaster. It contains useful general advice, as well as case studies from the three different types of post office. There are details about the ongoing development plans of the Post Office. There are also some useful contact details.

Decide whether you have the correct skill set and personal qualities to be a sub-postmaster. The Post Office is looking for “dynamic, forward thinking and innovative” personnel. You will need to be able to devise a strong business plan for your branch. You will need to feel comfortable using new technology. You will need to do other kinds of selling if your post office is part of a shop.

Find out whether there is a post office branch for sale in your vicinity by using the Post Office Sub-postmaster opportunities available tool. (See Resources.) Select your county from the drop-down list. You can add two other counties if you wish to look further afield. Enter your postcode. Use another drop-down list to indicate the cost of property you are searching for and the amount of remuneration you are seeking. The range in both cases is from £30,000 to £200,000 and over. Click the “Submit” button to see available properties.

Contact the nominated Business Transfer Agent to pursue your chosen opportunity further. Alternatively, look in Dalton’s Weekly, or similar publication, for available opportunities and follow specific advice. You can also contact the Post Office’s People and Organisation Development Services. (See Tips.)


People and Organisation Development Services Capstan House 35 Broadway Salford Manchester M50 2BP

Telephone: 0845 601 6260

Things You'll Need

  • Available finances
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Frank Luger had his first educational resources published in the early 1990s. He worked on a major reading system for Cambridge University Press, became an information-technology adviser and authored interactive whiteboard resources for "The Guardian." Luger studied English literature and holds a Bachelor of Education honors degree from Leeds University.