how to get started in a paper route

  1. Taylor95 profile image61
    Taylor95posted 9 years ago

    how to get started in a paper route

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    foreignpressposted 9 years ago

    1. Contact the business that needs publications distributed.
    2. Determine the location you want to cover and how much of an area it is.
    3. Figure how many publications you will be delivering (100 newspapers X.03 cents per paper), and see if that will meet your income needs.
    4. Then determine the most cost-effective method to distribute the publication. A car will eat up your profits (gas, oil, etc.). A motor scooter less so but you can't carry as much. A bicycle is best. You can put panniers (bags) on the back and on the front and it's cheap transportation but it takes you much longer. Make certain that your delivery area is close to home.
    5. Consider also that likely you will be contract labor. This means you will be paying self-employment taxes which could be extremely high. But as a businessperson you can also deduct certain items off your taxes like your panniers, etc. If you're under a certain age this won't affect you.
       As a self-employed person, however, you can also deliver for other publications. Some people deliver three or four different publications on one route and get paid by four different businesses.
    6. Remember that this is an obligation you will be undertaking rain or shine. You can hire somebody to cover for you but getting the publication delivered is your responsibility.
       The main thing is to keep your expenses in line. You aren't getting paid banding or bagging the paper (like on rainy days) or even for inserting flyers into the paper. And you aren't being paid to sit in the newspaper warehouse waiting for your papers. So get there, pick up your papers, load them into your vehicle, and go.
       Plus, you will probably have to buy your own rubber bands and bags. The newspaper will supply these to you but will charge you for it.
       There's a science to delivering newspapers (or any publication like shoppers, etc.). You can make money if you cut down your cost of operation.


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