3 Things You Need to Know Before
Starting a Vending Business
The vending machine industry is known to be one of the most productive and profitable businesses
today. This type of business is ideal for anyone who wants to earn a back-up income, since the start-
up capital is very minimal compared to most businesses. Add to that the fact that it is very easy to
run and monitor. Just like other businesses, the vending business must involve a thorough
planning of several aspects of the business. Here are three important things you need to know when
you're considering getting into the vending industry:
Finding the Right Location
Location is a vital factor for the success of your vending business. A high foot traffic location like
schools, offices, shopping malls, recreation parks, or bus and train stations are bound to generate
more income for your vending business. Remember, the higher the number of people passing by
your machine, the more chances of them buying from your machine and providing more profits for
Once you find a possible location for your machine, coordinate with the owner or manager of that
establishment. Ask them if they would be interested in having your machines installed near their
entrance or exit doors, lobbies or corridors. You should try to convince them that they too could
benefit from your business and you should be ready to offer commissions since you are going to
occupy some of their space. Once they allow you to operate in their area, it's always best to have a
written document of your agreement.
Understanding Your Customers' Needs
Understanding the needs of your customers is essential for you to be able to provide them. Take time
to visit some vending machines near your chosen location and thoroughly observe the customers'
preferences. Take note of which products they usually purchase from other vending machines and
consider selling those products in your machines as well. You should also be brand conscious,
identifying the brand preference of your consumers will greatly help you in your business.
You can also estimate the possible income your machine can generate minus service and
maintenance costs once you have an estimated number of possible customers. For instance, let's
assume that you will place your machine in an office with around 30 employees. Multiply the
number of employees by the products they are going purchase in a week and then subtract the
possible service and maintenance expenses to get your estimated profit.
When you're just new in the industry, it is always safe to start small and modestly. Just like any other
business, there are possible risks in the vending industry. When you start with one or two machines,
you'll be able to focus on the business and slowly be able to learn the ins and outs of the business. It
is only after you become familiar with running the business effectively will it be wise to expand your
business and reinvest your profits on more machines.
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