Milk routes, ice routes, fruit and vegetable routes, and newspaper routes are the types of delivery routes that people were familiar with in the past. The individual doing the route would make his way down each street delivering his commodity to the local residents. There are very few individual routes anymore; it makes more economic sense to sell most of these items at a central location. Some routes still exist, though, including bread routes that deliver baked goods to restaurants, stores and individual customers along the way. These deliveries ensure that the baked goods arrive fresh at each location.
Contact a national route broker to locate a bread route in your area. Route brokers act as agents for bakeries looking for people to run their bread routes. Buying a route through a route broker offers a customer list, protected territory and a delivery vehicle.
Contact a delivery person who is selling her bread route. People running bread routes sell their routes when they move on to a different route or another business. In addition to the route brokers noted in step 1, delivery people selling their routes often post their offers on Internet forums.
Contact a bakery directly to ask about a bread-route opportunity. The large bakery conglomerates generally work through route brokers, but you can try approaching a smaller local bakery or advertise on a community web forum such as Craigslist.
Prepare your capital to buy the bread route. Buying a bread route can cost tens of thousands of dollars; the prices vary according to the size of the route and the location. Investigate the possibility of obtaining a business loan to buy a bread route.
Make sure that there is a solid accounting procedure in place to track incoming and outgoing route expenses. Register the business with federal and local tax authorities.
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