Finding a location for your vending machine isn’t as complicated as it seems when you know where and how to look! I’m going to help you solve the mystery of securing great locations for your vending machines so you can reach your profit goals!
I’ve been a vending operator for a while now, with plenty of machines and locations to match. There are a ton of ways to find locations for vending machines that vary from free and cheap to using a locator service. Although I strongly recommend that all operators learn how to find locations for themselves, I understand that using a locator service is preferred. If this is you, don’t worry, I’ll show you how to use a locator for your vending business as well!
Find locations for your vending machines by cold calling local businesses
This may seem obvious but, it’s often overlooked. In my opinion, it’s the best way to find locations. It’s also my preferred approach because it yields direct results! The more numbers you call, the greater your chances of getting a yes! You can reach out to dozens of businesses and connect with potential leads in minutes.
The best way to get started making cold calls is to create a list of businesses in your area that match certain specifications. These can include things like business type, distance from your home office should, the number of employees and the amount of foot traffic. You can get ideas for types of businesses by downloading my free list of locations here:
Work on getting referrals to place your vending machines
If you’re not sure how to obtain the criteria I mentioned previously, talk with your friends and family for their recommendations and referrals! The easiest way to do this is simply mention your vending business to those close to you, and to who you interact with. By letting them know what you do for a living, they are more likely to mention it to someone who could be interested in working with you.
It’s a good idea to also have your social media and website solely for your business set up. This way, potential customers have a place to go to learn more about you and your vending machine business. I recently covered this topic in a blog post all about what you’ll need to create a thriving online platform. Click here to check it out!
Creating business cards is another great idea because once you meet and speak with people about your business, you’re able to pass along your information!
Have fun creating business cards using Canva to design your logo, pick brand colors and more!
Use a locator service to find great locations
When I first started my business, I used a locator service to find my first few locations. If this an option you’d like to try, or if you just don’t have the time to for cold calls and networking right now, using through a locator service can be a valuable option. This can also be a very expensive option that may not yield a great location if you’re not careful!!
Instead of you cold calling and organically building relationships with business owners, a locator service does the hard work for you.
A good locator will ask for any and all relevant information that will help them land you a location based on what you need for your vending machines, and the number of machines you desire to place. This info is basically the specifications you set just as if you were going to make cold calls yourself. You can expect your vending machines to have a location in about two weeks! You can also expect to pay 50% down on your purchase, or up to $500 per machine per location.
No matter which option you decide to take, make sure it feels like the best fit for you. When I first began vending, I went through option three because each one was the best option at some point in my business. When I was working full-time and no time to make phone calls, I paid a locator. When I didn’t want to spend money on a locator, I went to networking events or made cold calls.
I encourage you to consider what you need to run a profitable vending business and use it to your advantage when looking for locations. The process can a bit intimidating, but thankfully you don’t have to do it alone! When you purchase your own copy of my Make Money with Vending eGuide , you’ll receive everything you need to not only find quality vending machines and inventory, but in-depth details on how to find locations for your vending machines and more!
Whether you’re looking to pitch your vending machine services to your first business, or if you rather look into buying existing vending machine routes, my Make Money with Vending eGuide is your one-stop-shop to get started on earning your income!
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