For some people, bulk vending is simply a hobby business, something to keep busy and bring in an extra couple hundred dollars a month. After all, who couldn’t use an extra couple hundred a month? For these people, bulk vending is the perfect fit, they can work at their convenience and it’s really not that difficult to build or manage a small route of say 30 machines that can make some extra walking around cash. However for people looking to go into vending full time, the obstacles are much greater by several degrees. All the marketing hype and advertising surrounding bulk vending make it sound as easy as 1-2-3. 1-Buy machines-2 Place machines on location – 3 Watch the money roll in. Well, I’m here to tell you it’s a long tough slough to be able to make a full time living with bulk machines.

Due to a lot of over inflated earning claims, a lot of people simply aren’t aware of how many machines and locations it actually takes to earn a living one quarter at a time. If you’re hoping to make in the range of $4,000 a month, then you should plan on a route with anywhere from 300- 400 double head vending machines. According to a recent industry survey, a vending machine head with candy will gross about $200 a year while one filled with gumballs will gross about $100 a year; this means that the average double head with both candy and gum will only gross about $25 a month.

Keep in mind though, that this is the industry average – large venders and Mom & Pop venders combined. Some people are making much more than this while others much less. I’d be willing to bet the larger venders are skewing this average on the high side and I recommend that you plan on a slightly lower average, about $15 when just starting out.

Now that you know it make take 400 or more vending machines, just invision the work involved in finding 400 profitable locations. No small task. This is why a lot of people are never able to make the jump to full time vending. So, if you’re hoping to make the jump into full time vending, it’s going to be a long tough haul. In fact, it make take several years of work to build up a route of that size if starting with limited capital and a lot of people get discouraged before their route even starts to get traction.