Posts Tagged ‘vending’

Vending — an easy $15-20K a year?

November 23, 2008

Here’s an honest question from a 48 Days reader:

I have come across an opportunity to buy 100 bubble gum machines (4 tall spiral and many double headed) for $17k. They bring in around 15k-20k a year.  I have never bought anything like this, can you please give any advicbubble-gum-machinee you may have and if this is a good investment and what other questions I should ask the seller.  Thank you so much..I didn’t know who else to turn to.


I commend you on thinking about a business of your own.  However, getting these machines at a good price is the easy part.  The ONLY thing that matters is whether you can get them set up in good locations.  Believe me, the machines don’t “bring in around 15k-20k a year.”  They bring in zero unless you have them in killer locations.

Don’t even think about buying any machines until you’ve talked with 20 places where you could potentially put them.  You’re going to find that you cannot put them in most retail or franchise locations.  Any hospital or university will already have a contract in place for all their vending machines.  That means then that you’re looking at Mom and Pop small businesses – where it’s questionable if they have enough traffic to make it work.  Don’t do anything until you secure 10 agreements to place the machines.  Once you’ve done your work on that end you’ll have a lot better sense of what the vending business is all about.    

I love the vending business – many of my most profitable products are essentially “electronic vending” — but  you have to do your homework to make it work.

You Want “Good” or “Best?”

October 22, 2008

Here’s a classic description of the good being the enemy of the best.

Dan, I have subscribed to your weekly emailed newsletter and I read the emails but just don’t seem to act. I have many things going on in my life to make my financial ends meet; I own a duplex and have a small vending business as well as work a 40 hr a week job. They all make just enough to keep me from wanting to make a change. I feel if I try to start another venture however something else is going to get neglected to the point of failure. What can I do?

This is a very common situation – I’m getting by but know there’s something better out there.  My advice is – don’t wait for failure to be your motivator.  ACT from a position of strength.  Yes, it may be a challenge to add something to an already busy schedule.  Don’t expect the extra work to continue forever – just commit to maybe a 90-day transition. 

I think your duplex and your vending business are moves in the right direction.  Both of those require a set-up process, but then continue to generate income through periodic maintenance — thus ‘residual’ income.  Look for another idea that leverages your time even more.  Our hottest selling product at is our Personality Report.  It’s totally automated and is essentially an electronic vending business.  People buy 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.  I lost my shirt on some cashew vending machines years ago – but I learned from that and looked for a better application of the same business principles. 

Create a clear picture of what the “best” would be.  Then take action to make that come into view.