April 13, 2022

Get Your Ice Machine Business Started Right

So you’ve already purchased your ice vending machine—now it’s time to start preparing. Starting a successful ice vending business begins with making a plan and getting ready for your machine’s arrival. The best thing you can do for your business is to make sure all the moving parts are in order before your machine arrives. By taking action now and getting your ice vending machine business plan sorted, you can start earning additional income right away.

Getting organized is one of the greatest keys to success. The more prepared you are before your machine gets there, the smoother your start will be. You don’t want to be caught off guard with the unexpected and miss out on income! Here are some of the most important steps you should take as you consider how to start your ice vending business:

Finalize Your Location

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have secured a location for your ice vending machine. This includes finding a location, as well as creating an agreement or lease with the landlord if the property is not already your own. Negotiating a rent and utilities plan ahead of time will reduce potential future disagreements and ensure everyone is one the same page. Speaking of utilities… 

Familiarize Yourself with Machine Ownership

Our service team has worked hard to provide detailed information about owning and operating your new ice vending machine. Make sure you read the material you receive as you wait. Familiarize yourself with the manual and as well as your warranty. This will help you know what to expect and help prepare you for any future potential maintenance situations. 

You should also make a cleaning schedule and markdown important warranty dates now. Having a plan now will extend the overall life of your machine. This will make your job easier in the long run. 

Don’t forget to check out Everest University – a robust library of instructional videos that show you everything you need to know about owning an Everest VX. We are constantly updating and adding to our library, so make sure to check this resource regularly!

Prepare The Site For Installation

You’ll want to schedule both a plumber and an electrician to come out and get a quote on the installation, as well as prepare for any additional work you may need. Most plumbers and electricians offer free estimates, so getting your utilities planned out makes installation easier. You’ll also need to consider whether you will need a concrete pad poured if the site is unpaved or uneven.

What else can you do for your area? Some owners build a small shelter or roof to provide additional coverage for their machines as well as their customers. You can also choose to have your drain line for the excess water to run to flower beds nearby rather than in a simple storm drain. Having a clean and attractive site for your machine is more likely to bring in business. This increases consumer confidence in your business and your product. 

Host a Grand Opening for your Ice Machine Business

Raise awareness and make it easier for new customers to find your machine! While making connections with local businesses is great for word-of-mouth exposure, marketing materials can also be really beneficial. Banners, flags, signage, and incentive coupons are just a few small ways to gain BIG attention. Everest offers a custom marketing package to provide you with the materials you need to get started.

Ice and water vending machines are growing in popularity, especially with 24-hour access to your product. Now is the time to start an ice vending business and get truly established in the industry. With these four steps, you can take charge of your ice machine business and get a head start on financial freedom and truly passive income. 

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