Vending Machine Business
For entrepreneurs who are
interested in a business with low startup costs, high profit margins,
and fast profit that comes in 100% cash, the vending machine business is what you should be looking at. The initial
investment is small, even more so if you are using small machines. In
addition to these low startup costs, no prior selling or business
experience is required to get started, as the products in your vending
machine sell themselves.
When you buy your first machine, you need to think about several
different factors. First, where do you want to place your vending
machine? Location is everything in the vending business. A perfect location selling suitable products for that
location will empty a vending machine in as little as a day. Incorrect
placement or a poor product choice could mean no one buys anything.
You wouldn't place a cigarette vending machine in a school, you would never make any profit. If you
placed that cigarette vending machine in a bar, you would have a hard
time keeping cigarettes in it! As with any business venture, you need to
research locations beforehand. It would be wise to have a location ready
for your vending machine even before you have purchased it. This may be
inside of a mall, a high school, a bar, or even a gym. Having a location
ready and waiting for your machine will minimize downtime, and maximize
A good startup plan could be as follows:
1) Come to an agreement with a business or location that will allow you
to place vending machines there.
2) Purchase one or two vending machines, large or small. Small if you
want to start out slowly to get the hang of things, large if you want to
dive headfirst into the vending business.
3) Place the machines. Maintain two machines for one month, while you
get into the routine of keeping them serviced and stocked. Routinely
check on your machines to ensure they are functioning correctly. A
broken vending machine means you are not making money, yet you will
still be paying for the location.
4) As you become accustomed to maintaining and restocking your vending
machine(s), work out more agreements with business owners in suitable
locations. Add more vending machines to your resume as you do so. Once you have hit a certain
number of machines, you may be spending hours and hours a day restocking
them. This time investment can be reduced somewhat by using an external
company who will restock your machines for you, for a cost, or even a
cut of the total profits.