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  1. Wow! That's great! What state are you located in? Hope all goes well for you. Keep us posted!
  2. Cool! Thanks Chris! I believe there is also the CAT tax that we would need to register for ( which I believe is the Ohio equivalent to our Michigan Business Tax; only a hell of alot more friendlier...lol). That helps alot!
  3. So here's a question for my Ohio friends. I'm trying to figure out the Ohio sales tax and I've been getting different answers from everyone. Up here in Michigan, there is no tax on packaged foods, so sales tax on vending (and especially honor snacks) is not a concern. We've been looking at branching out into Sylvania and northern Toledo, but I want to understand the Ohio sales tax first. So...reading your post Chris, am I to understand that there is NO sales tax on vending (chips, candy, cookies, etc), just on soda? I've had some vendors tell me that sales tax was due on all, and I've had some say there's no sales tax on any vending. Reading the tax law is like trying to read any government document (USELESS!...LOL!). And then to complicate things, each county has a different tax rate. What's up with that, my Buckeye friends?! ANY information would be GREATLY appreciacted. Thanks guys!
  4. I guess it would depend on the size of your fleet, but I would have $1,000,000/per accident. In this day and age, lawsuit happy idiots are everywhere. Once they find out you are a commercial vehicle, they start to see dollar signs. You want to be sure you are protected, especially if you have employees. You don't want to jeopardize your business over a traffic accident. Just remember, the more drivers you have, the more chances of an accident. Just my 2 cents.
  5. Amen to that, brother!
  6. Once you get the "hard routes" established, route building will be SO MUCH easier for you. You'll be able to target areas that need sales, and if you overbuild an area, it's simple enough to break off and start forming a new route. And Rodney, as far as the "eliminate paperwork" , believe it or not, we've been using account cards since I started back in the early '90s. We cash each account out through a program (one we designed years ago) and maintain history in our computer, but I still like being able to look at an account card for information.....LOL, this old dog is set in his ways.
  7. I have several car dealerships and 3 of them are outstanding! The other two are good. Dealerships can be tricky, though. I've had a few in the past that were lousy, and we chose to pull our equipment. Don't rush to throw equipment in BOTH the showroom and service center. Sometimes they are in the same building, right around the corner from each other and ONE bank of equipment will be enough for both. As far as the assisted living center, I guess part of the equation is HOW ASSISTED are the seniors? I have 3 assisted living/retirement apartments, and all 3 are fantastic! Two of them we have to service twice a week. The residents have access to the equipment and are the BEST customers. If you can place the equipment in a common area where residents, employees AND visitors have access to them, you may do alright. If it's just for the employees, then AZ is spot-on when he recommends 75-100. Good luck to you! Hope everything turns out!
  8. We see the same trends here in Michigan as well. Corporate office says "No, get 'em out". Then a few years and a new GM later they ask for the vending machines back. See it with the Tire Companies, Oil Change companies and Muffler joints.
  9. Had two of these a while back when I bought a route from another vendor. Replaced them right away because they had major issues. They are complete garbage! Not worth $100 because scrap prices are so low. Just my 2 cents.
  10. Hey karen! I know you had posted in both forums ;Honor Snacks and Vending (and I think I did most of my responding in the Vending Forum), but I was curious as to how the "employee" situation is going and what you decided to do? Hope all is well.
  11. Once the Hard Routes settle in, you will be MUCH happier. Plus you will see where you need to concentrate sales for route building in the future.
  12. AZ summed it up GREAT! I have to agree, maybe hold off on the coffee service for now. I know you are getting started, and MAN you have been hitting the ground running! EXCELLENT! But OCS is a different beast and requires a WHOLE slew of different concerns. You will need an invoicing procedure and NOW run Accounts Payable on your books. Some OCS companies only sell at point of service, so you would need to look into accepting checks or possibly a Cashless system like Square. OCS customers call in for service more than vending, so your scheduling may need to be more flexible. You need to be able to wash the bowls(pots), and learn how to repair/work on brewers. If you do plumbed-in brewers, you'll need to learn how to run water lines....etc, etc. You get the point! There is SO MUCH more to learn with office coffee, not to mention the extra inventory you will need to carry and warehouse. Don't overwhelm yourself. Keep your focus on your vending and keep excelling at that. Once you settle into a groove and have vending totally under control, then look to expand your services. But too much right away can burn you out QUICK and run you ragged! You're ROCKIN' right now! Keep that going! Just my 2 cents.
  13. GREAT info from all the others! I agree with everyone - LOCATION is key! Be careful when you are actively knocking on doors and seeking accounts. A couple things to watch out for. If there's less than 10 cars in the parking lot...probably NOT worth a machine, EVEN if they try to tell you that they have lots of customers that could use the machine. Also, if the potential customer says "We got rid of the last vendor because he didn't service the machine" or "the last vendor kept putting stale stuff in the machine", chances are that they are NOT a good account. My experience has been that the last vendor experienced LOW volume and serviced them less and less. Everyone will tell you that their employees snack a lot and will drink a lot of pop, but be selective. GOOD LUCK to you! If you do it right and work hard, this can be a lucrative business. If you think that you'll get rich quick....you're better off buying a lotto ticket.
  14. I have used BOTH USATech and Streamware by Crane. The USA Tech is by far, the easiest to install and set up. I have had NO discrepancies with either, nor have I had any problems with the processors. In my opinion, Streamware has a much better reporting system (if you like reports), but USA Tech is the simplest to install and set-up. You made a GREAT choice with USA. Don't get discouraged if your CC transactions are small to start. It takes some time for your customers to get comfortable using the CC readers. Once they get into the habit though, you should see sales increase. The biggest thing I have noticed in the reporting is that most of my CC transactions involve Multi-vends (customers buying 2-3 items at a time). Good luck with the readers! Hopefully it will add to your SUCCESS!
  15. Too add to AZ's advice, also make sure the machine is NOT pushed up against the wall. You need to have airflow behind the machine, otherwise the air won't circulate. This can cause the moisture to stay in the machine and freeze up on the cooling unit like this. I know here in Michigan, it's been SUPER HUMID. Make sure that you have at least six inches of space behind the machine for airflow.