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Ignore the Naysayers

Icon Written by The Vending Guy on August 2, 2009 – 4:14 pm

I cannot tell you how many people tried to stop me from starting a vending business. The excuses ranged from “you’ve already got a good job” to “vending is controlled by the mafia”. You have to keep in mind that these people are trying to stop you. Probably not because they want to harm you, […]



Personal Goals and Vending

Icon Written by The Vending Guy on June 14, 2009 – 3:45 pm

Many people look for a business that they believe will not be difficult to start and then form their life around it. How many of us have done that with our jobs too? Get a job and force your life to revolve around it. I suggest taking just the opposite approach – it is a […]



Building a Compact Route

Icon Written by The Vending Guy on June 2, 2009 – 3:40 pm

I am often asked how many vending machines you need to be able to make good money. That can be a tough question because I know people who have developed a nice side income off only 15 machines and others who are constantly struggling to stay afloat financially with the same number. The difference between […]



Learn From My Mistakes

Icon Written by The Vending Guy on April 28, 2009 – 3:01 pm

The real measure of a genius is not someone who doesn’t make mistakes, just someone who learns from and avoid other peoples’ mistakes. Let me tell you about one of my mistakes. When I first wanted to get into the vending business I spent about $3000 for a kinetic gumball machine (I bought 3 actually, […]



Vending is a Real Business

Icon Written by The Vending Guy on April 14, 2009 – 2:55 pm

One of the most important points to remember is that a vending business is a real business, be sure to treat it like one. Now this does not mean that you have to immediately run out and start a corporation and hire an accountant or attorney. Quite honestly you do not need the extra overhead […]



Your Child’s First Vending Business

Icon Written by The Vending Guy on April 2, 2009 – 2:31 pm

I am often asked by people if they think their kid could start a vending business. Assuming of course that the child is mature enough to handle money and the work I think it is a great idea! Of course the question remains, “How does a child start a vending business?” My answer is that […]



Beware of Vending Biz-Opp Scams

Icon Written by The Vending Guy on November 30, 2008 – 5:36 pm

I guess it was inevitable with all the fear in this economy that the vending Biz-Opp promoters would begin to come out in force. Buying an “packaged deals” or existing route might seem to be the fastest way to get your feet wet in the vending business, but unless you use extreme caution, you could […]



Anti-Socials Need Not Apply

Icon Written by The Vending Guy on October 31, 2008 – 4:40 pm

If you have trouble getting along with your boss and coworkers and your communication skills are not the best, perhaps you are thinking that owning and operating a successful vending machine route will be the solution to all of your problems. After all, your days would be spent counting and sorting merchandise, stocking machines, collecting […]



Building an Ongoing Locating Program

Icon Written by The Vending Guy on August 28, 2008 – 8:45 pm

If you really want to make it in this business then an ongoing location program is your only solution. Some people in the vending industry will try to tell you that all you have to do is lay back and collect money. Sorry but that just isn’t true. If you attempt to sit back and […]



Finding Vending Toys for Your Machines

Icon Written by The Vending Guy on May 27, 2008 – 6:46 pm

Most Vending distributors carry a large selection of vending toys. The problem I have always faced is that they usually won’t sell to “small-time” operators. Unless you can afford a $1000 order they won’t sell – at least not at a price that is cost efficient. I suggest you find, and buy your vending toys […]