Hello. My name is Candra Renee.
A 3o something corporate dropout living in Atlanta, Ga. The self named Income Engineer, created a six figure vending machine business in just six months and now teaches other potential vending operators all over the world how to start a successful vending machine business!
This blog is for those who are tired of the 9 to 5 trap and interested in creating additional streams of income.
Here’s my story…
I got started in the vending machine business in October 2014 while working a full-time job. I had a desire to start a business and found that vending was a great way to make passive income and was also very flexible. I did my research and found a company, which from here on out we will refer to as Company X, that promoted a healthy vending opportunity with top notch equipment and training! They even gave me the phone numbers of current vending operators that I could speak with to ask about their experience with the business and company. (Little did I know that the operators I spoke to, at least a few of them, were also consultants or in some way paid by the company.) Another benefit of Company X’s business opportunity was that they offered a locating service, of course at an additional cost. They were even nice enough to refer me to a company that would utilize my credit in order for me to purchase the equipment!
Everything sounded great! I got help with securing financing, free training, on-demand assistance, and a locating service! So I signed on the dotted line!
Fast forward to February 2015, I placed my first three machines using the locating service the company offered. I was getting leads left and right and knew the other 2 machines would get placed soon, so what did I do? I ordered two MORE machines and another entree unit for another $12,000! That’s when everything started to change.
The locating service was not producing locations like it was, so I was on my own. I had a full-time job so it was a bit slow going to place my machines, so for a while, I had four brand new vending machines sitting in my Dad’s storage unit. It wasn’t until June 2016 when I quit my full-time job that my vending business really started to grow! I put my head down, made a plan, and probably a couple of thousand phone calls and in January 2017, only six months later, I went from five machines to 22 and had my first six-figure year!
I was fortunate to turn a rocky start into a profitable business for my family! I can’t help but think how far along I would be in this business if I had help from someone who actually wanted me to succeed and wasn’t solely focused on selling overpriced vending machines!
This is why I started the Facebook group, How To Start A Vending Machine Business. You can also find more valuable information about vending and entrepreneurship here on my website and by following me on Instagram.