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Hunting for Your Vending Machines

Posted by Al Goldsmith - April 28, 2014

Before one can get started with a vending machine business, it is obviously imperative to invest in a few machines. Ask yourself first – what kind of products are you thinking of selling? Gumballs? Popular snacks or better yet, healthy snacks? These will narrow down your choices to specific vendors you want to work with.
There are actually quite a few ways to go about finding and purchasing these machines. Take some time to do your research. Looking at the various purchasing options that are out there can help you, the future business owners, choose the right machines at prices you can afford. Of course, those that afford a trusted and honest business relationships are your ideal.

Hunt for a Vending Company

For those who are interested in making the process of ordering products and ordering the machines as easy as possible, it’s a good idea to look into the various companies that supply both machines and the products to fill them. Some of these companies sell the machines, but many only allow people to lease them.
This can have its advantages and disadvantages but is an option to consider. Those who are interested in the idea should contact the companies that they are interested in to find out more. Some things you may want to look out for are:

  • Types of machines and their sizes
  • Types of products
  • Range of prices for the machines
  • Provision of training
  • Incentives and discounts

On top of the usual business requirements above, you should also get a sense of the company’s operations through your engagements with them. Are the potential companies transparent? Are they easily accessible via email or work phones? Different companies operate differently. It is always a good idea to understand the vending companies thoroughly before you commit yourself. This is extremely important especially when you are working with franchises because of the various restrictions they may put in place to keep the brand name.

Hunt for a Franchise Brokers

If information on the Internet is sparse and you are undecided, most vending business owners would rely more on word-of-mouth recommendations. When this happens, you may want to look for franchise brokers.
Think of franchise brokers as matchmakers for your business. They have a vast knowledge of the gazillion franchise businesses out there in the market. Any one of them will have 100 brands under their portfolio. All you have to do is to discuss your entrepreneurial expectations and ideal partnerships with them and they will recommend a best fit for you.
Choosing to work with a franchise broker can be a hit or a miss. Their role is similar to a home realtor – not every realtor will provide professional services and recommend the right homes to you. As such, before you decide to engage a franchise broker, you may want to ask them the following questions first:

  • How long have you been a franchise broker?
  • What are your franchise experiences like?
  • How many franchises are in your portfolio and what industries are they in?
  • Are you part of a franchise yourself?

Hunting for your ideal vending machines is not a difficult task. The key is to perform extensive research to minimize your business risks! Enjoy the entrepreneurship journey!

Looking for a Vending Machine Provider with a Healthy Objective?

Naturals 2 Go is dedicated to helping you achieve financial success as a vending machine provider. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, we have the tools and the know-how to assist you. We are here to make your business opportunity an enjoyable and prosperous experience. Give us a call at 1-800-679-8370 today!

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