Becoming a Market Trader

Before becoming a market trader and running your market stall you should know exactly what a market traders job profile entails. 

A market trader sells good and services in their local area  or at markets.  Deciding what to sell on your market stall is a difficult decision. The goods and services a market trader may sell on their market stalls can be perishable, such as fresh fruit, vegetables and meat or non – perishable such as cards, jewellery or clothes, the products market traders might sell are endless. The services you might be seeing sold  on a market stall can include shoe repair, key cutting or computer services to name but a few.

When you decide to become a market trader your daily tasks might involve the following:

  • Attending wholesale markets, typically early in the morning before their market opens, to buy produce.
  • Ordering stock from manufacturers, sales representatives, agents and importers.
  • Selling to and engaging with customers.
  • Employing and managing staff
  • Monitoring stock levels and product performance
  • Marketing stock, including devising special offers and promotions
  • Ensuring that trading standards and health and safety regulations are adhered to.
  • Keeping an eye on your  market competition
  • Book Keeping


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