Start a Vending Machine Business
By Doug Dillard
The vending machine business generates annual sales of $22 billion in the US and $40
billion worldwide. What’s more a vending machine business is easy to start, and enjoys a
90 percent success rate as compared to 85 percent failure rate for most other start-ups.
Further, the vending machine works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; so you are actually
earning cash even while sleeping. Also, your overheads are virtually negligible and your
returns start coming from day one.
Benefits: A vending machine business comes with following benefits:
• No experience required
• Flexible working hours
• You can work full time, part-time, or even as an absentee owner
• Low overheads
• Good financing options for start-up vendors
• Excellent return on investment
• Immediate cash income
• Huge tax advantages
• World’s best known name brands
• State-of-the-art, low maintenance equipment with full factory warranties
• Onsite service
Vending machines cover a wide range of businesses like: candy, stamps, ATMs, snacks,
coffee, soft drinks, food, music, games, arcades and many more. They are fast, easy to
use, economical and serve the automatic merchandising concept of today’s fastest growing
industries. Depending on the type of machine you own and operate, you may be charging from
25 cents to 20 dollars per vend.
Qualifications: You need no special qualifications or training to run a vending
machine business. In fact, there may be times when even your presence may not even be
required — because the entire process is automated.
Location: You need to find the right location for your vending machine before
you start your vending machine business. Some of the good places where you can set up a
vending machine are family fun centers, amusement parks, shopping arcades and office complexes.
You may even hire a professional locator to find profitable locations for your machines.
Investment: The capital investment needed to set up a vending machine business
is around $ 5,000. Besides this, you need to have a running capital of $5,000. Most of this
investment is financed by the vending machine companies who also provide training and support.
You can set up more vending machines once you understand how the vending machine
business works. This will multiply your profits.
Income: You can hope to get a return of 100% to 200% of your money in the first
year itself; and this too by investing only 10 to 20 hours per month on the business. The
remaining time you can spend on other activities. Since you use your home as your office,
you also become entitled to several tax breaks. There are no franchise fees, partnership
fees, royalties or goodwill costs in this business. That is why 70 percent of the vendors
who begin this business as a part-time option turn full-time within two years.
A great thing about machine vending business is that it allows you to be financially
independent and be your own boss with no overheads like administrative costs, staff
salaries, rents etc. You also make money when you decide to get rid of the vending
machine. Of course, its value will depend upon its condition.
Vending business gives you all the time you need to spend with your family as you are
not required to be present near the vending machine all the time. You can spend more
quality time with your children, attend their sports meet, parent-teacher conferences,
teach them your family values, ethics and good habits.
Today vending machine business has become synonymous with cash flow. And you can use
the cash flow from your vending business to enter into real estate or any other profitable
business. It is one of the best ways to start making money, especially for the first time,
as your cash starts flowing the same day as you install your first vending machine.
Doug Dillard has started and run many home-based businesses over the past 25 years. He
has created a great site for those of you looking to start your own home-based business,
but don't know how to get started. Visit
Home Income Opportunities
for more information.