Cheap small biz opportunities (vending machines, power washing, etc.)

Sprite

permanent case of the Moooondays
#1
So what's the deal with these cheaper small businesses I see for sale in the newspaper and on craigslist? There's so many $5k candy/soda vending machine ads it's got to be some kind of gimmick. I also see a few ads for a powerwashing biz, some with equipment and route, some just equipment. I'm thinking of investing some money into a small business soon. What type of business can be purchased/started for $10k or less that is actually profitable? Where else should I look online?

EDIT - Also, what about purchasing bulk items at wholesale cost and reselling on eBay?
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
#2
quick star baby you need quick star
 

roche

i am lame
Wackbag Staff
#3


All it takes is a minimal investment to place a few small ads in newspapers and the money just starts rolling in.
 

Glenn Dandy

THE ONLY WHITE PRESIDENT LEFT.
#4
Buy yourself a 6000 dollar carpet machine and a van... stick some mexicans in it and watch the money roll in...

My buddy sells Janitorial supplies,,, manager... his boss makes millions and he is thionking of quitingf and just doing what i told you to do... he says the guys who come in for supplies are making a killing cleaning carpets.

If you want to try it, I could put you in contact with him, mayby set ya up at a Wackbag discount on a good setup.
 

Digital_Trauma

"man of leisure". . . aaaand repeat
#6
Vending machines can make money, but the best spots are already taken by larger operators. Ads in the paper and online will most likely sell you junk equipment (lots of plastic parts, hard to service/repair.) Snack and soda machines that sell high volumes of product can be hard to keep up with. Bubble gum and capsuled toys can do well, and are simple to operate. If you're not paying more than about 35% of the gross to the location, it should work out ok. Some locations will want a lot for their space, others don't even know that you would pay them anything. Do some research, buy decent quality stuff. Sam's Club has a pretty good vending sales dept.
 

Sprite

permanent case of the Moooondays
#7
...taking full advantage of the new multi-quote WB feature...



All it takes is a minimal investment to place a few small ads in newspapers and the money just starts rolling in.
I started out in a ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT, and now I'm making millions! A derp a derp, derp derp!!! Derp deeeerp!!!!

Buy yourself a 6000 dollar carpet machine and a van... stick some mexicans in it and watch the money roll in...

My buddy sells Janitorial supplies,,, manager... his boss makes millions and he is thionking of quitingf and just doing what i told you to do... he says the guys who come in for supplies are making a killing cleaning carpets.

If you want to try it, I could put you in contact with him, mayby set ya up at a Wackbag discount on a good setup.
Sounds like a shady deal, what with having the beaners do the work. I am talking 100% legit shit. $6k is in my range though! Hey Eduardo, cinco dollares para un hora trabajo? Ahhh, si si.

Vending machines can make money, but the best spots are already taken by larger operators. Ads in the paper and online will most likely sell you junk equipment (lots of plastic parts, hard to service/repair.) Snack and soda machines that sell high volumes of product can be hard to keep up with. Bubble gum and capsuled toys can do well, and are simple to operate. If you're not paying more than about 35% of the gross to the location, it should work out ok. Some locations will want a lot for their space, others don't even know that you would pay them anything. Do some research, buy decent quality stuff. Sam's Club has a pretty good vending sales dept.
I definitely see the junk equipment angle that these ads offer. I know that a good quality machine costs way more than $300 (could be a little more than that, jim) so a 20 machine, "turn-key" biz for 6k cannot possibly be good. I don't mind a constant upkeep of of snack/soda machines, as long as they're profitable. Bubble gum and capsulated toy machines sound like a decent investment, but aren't the locations going to be hard to find? There's so many locations out there, but few that allow an array of machines in their foyer or near the entrance.
 
#8
So what's the deal with these cheaper small businesses I see for sale in the newspaper and on craigslist? There's so many $5k candy/soda vending machine ads it's got to be some kind of gimmick. I also see a few ads for a powerwashing biz, some with equipment and route, some just equipment. I'm thinking of investing some money into a small business soon. What type of business can be purchased/started for $10k or less that is actually profitable? Where else should I look online?

EDIT - Also, what about purchasing bulk items at wholesale cost and reselling on eBay?
Why don't you just go buy your own machines from somewhere like Sam's Club? They sell that kind of crap for small business owners. They of course don't say "Coca-Cola" on them but they are coke machines and snack machines. http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=136221

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/se...plesearchfor=vending+machine&simpleitemtype=0
 

roche

i am lame
Wackbag Staff
#9
I started out in a ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT, and now I'm making millions! A derp a derp, derp derp!!! Derp deeeerp!!!!
One of my friends from high school fell into his trap back in the day and I still give him shit about it. :D
 

Glenn Dandy

THE ONLY WHITE PRESIDENT LEFT.
#10
First off , I think vending machines have mob connection , I wouldnt fuck with them.

I,m telliing you carpet cleaner.... there raking it in. you dont have to hire Mexicans, but its kinda hard work.
 

Digital_Trauma

"man of leisure". . . aaaand repeat
#11
Sounds like a shady deal, what with having the beaners do the work. I am talking 100% legit shit. $6k is in my range though! Hey Eduardo, cinco dollares para un hora trabajo? Ahhh, si si.



I definitely see the junk equipment angle that these ads offer. I know that a good quality machine costs way more than $300 (could be a little more than that, jim) so a 20 machine, "turn-key" biz for 6k cannot possibly be good. I don't mind a constant upkeep of of snack/soda machines, as long as they're profitable. Bubble gum and capsulated toy machines sound like a decent investment, but aren't the locations going to be hard to find? There's so many locations out there, but few that allow an array of machines in their foyer or near the entrance.
bubble gum type machines sell for around $60 for the standard 1" size machines. The larger capsule toy machines go for around $110-120. You'll need a stand to put them on, they are about $40 or so for a stand that can hold two or three machines. That stuff is available from Sams Club. They also sell the gum and candy, but they don't really have the toys.
Best places for them are either high volume grocery type stores, or "captive" audience type spots where kids are with parents and bug them for quarters (laundrymats, pizza shops, other restaurants, etc.) The best locations are taken by large companies. Coinstar owns a couple of the large operators. They have exclusivity with all the Walmarts in the country and most of the Kmarts, for example. I know a guy who hires a machine "locator" to place his stuff for him. This "locator" is a super hot chick who goes to restaurants and Jiffy Lubes and other places to set up contracts for him. It always helps to have a contract so the owners don't shut you out or bring in too much competition.
Gumballs have potential for high profit: You buy them for 2-4 cents per gumball, sell them for a quarter. Toys vary: gold jewelry, super balls, and small figurines sell well and cost about 6-8 cents per item.

The Mexicans cleaning carpets idea sounds pretty good. In my experience, they don't work nearly as cheap as most people think. They may not speak much English, but they all know how to say, "how much do you pay." Your savings will be in the taxes and benefits. The hourly rate will be pretty much the same, unless you find some really shady and undesirable. I've worked with immigrants in a few different jobs, although never carpet cleaning. I'd work with them if it was my business. I speak a little Spanish, but would try to hire someone who speaks English fairly well. They always want more cash if they speak your language.
 

BaLZaC~308

ONE OF THE COOL KIDS
#12
So what's the deal with these cheaper small businesses I see for sale in the newspaper and on craigslist? There's so many $5k candy/soda vending machine ads it's got to be some kind of gimmick. I also see a few ads for a powerwashing biz, some with equipment and route, some just equipment. I'm thinking of investing some money into a small business soon. What type of business can be purchased/started for $10k or less that is actually profitable? Where else should I look online?

EDIT - Also, what about purchasing bulk items at wholesale cost and reselling on eBay?
this is the only thing I would try out of all of them... alot of people make good money hitting flea markets and thrift stores, down side is you might get stuck with a shit load of junk



I wouldnt try any of them though... Im a pussy
 
#13
If vending machines were such good money, why aren't the sellers of the machines running their own routes instead of trying to dump them all off on you?
 

Digital_Trauma

"man of leisure". . . aaaand repeat
#15
If vending machines were such good money, why aren't the sellers of the machines running their own routes instead of trying to dump them all off on you?
vending machines can be decent money, but require a ton of work. Right now is a bad time to get into it. The industry is pushing to up the prices. Gumballs have been 25 cents for a long time. A lot of kids won't think they're worth 50 cents. The guys selling the machines online and in infomerciacls are just looking to sell you a machine worth about $25 and about $10 worth of gum for $99.95 or so.
 
#16
If vending machines were such good money, why aren't the sellers of the machines running their own routes instead of trying to dump them all off on you?
Vending machines make tons of money. My friend used to work for vending company after high school. He would load up the machines every day and haul back bags full of cash.

If you put them in high traffic areas or around business locals then you will have your machine paid off in six months or if it's slow a year. The crap that you put in there is cheap compared to what you can sell it for. You make a good profit on the items, especially candy.
 

Sinn Fein

Infidel and White Interloper
Wackbag Staff
#17
Quick Star? Isn't that Amway?
 

Sprite

permanent case of the Moooondays
#19
I found an array of candy machines mounted on a 4ft long fire truck that's selling for just over a grand. Dude says it nets close to $1,500 a month. That sounds like a hell of a monthly profit for something that can be purchased for less than what it makes per month. Of course there is the cost of the candy and what one pays out to the business location it's at, but still seems like a lot. Bravo Sierra?
 

Digital_Trauma

"man of leisure". . . aaaand repeat
#20
$1500 doesn't sound impossible, but you'd probably need to make sure it's placed in a really good spot. A friend of mine has a whole bunch of gourmet gumball machines (about 25 total) in a mall and makes about that. It's a lot more than one 4ft long bank, though. You will probably have to pay out 40% or so to the location owner. Sometimes you pay a set rent regardless of your sales. Sales are good this time of year. They usually go down in the winter (at least here in the Midwest.)
 

generoso

Blueberry Coffee diva.
#21
Find out where Glenn dandy lives , and stock you van with Beer, you'll racking in the dollars in no time....
 

HummerTuesdays

Another girrrrl!!!
#22
If you're going to buy an established vending business, be sure to ask why the person is selling and make sure you're happy with the answer.
 

Mommadeez4u

Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling
#23


Ball bearings, boys.... it's all ball bearings these days!
 

Taso

Wackbag Elitist
#24
A few years back a buddy of mine made some quick money selling prepaid porn site access cards to stores in the area. The only problem was, he got lazy and didnt keep up, so he didnt push the max money he could have made off of it.
 
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