New to the food business? Or any kind of business? Then you need to conduct detailed marketing research before you buy that mini doughnut machine.
You need to see the big picture for your business. Making the correct choice of machine is far more than selecting great looking equipment. You really need to be clear headed about your business expectations. You should be able to estimate with precision the expenses and profits that you will get out of your machine in a period of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and 5 years.
There are two companies/makers of mini doughnut machines that are very popular in the market these days:
* Belshaw (they manufacture professional equipment for businesses with large volume)
* Lil ‘orbits
If you prefer a secondhand machine instead of a new one for reasons like limited funds, go to the company minidonuts.com (they have the same website) where you can find some other equipment for the doughnut business as well.
Don’t make your decisions in haste when you read the proposals. Take your time and understand each one thoroughly.
There are various kinds of mini donut machines and they can be divided into two categories, automatic and semiautomatic.
Don’t look at the price tag before you have done the estimations and planned out how you are going to finance your business. More importantly, you need to figure out the location where you will put up your machine. The choices range from keeping it outdoors [your local Health Department must give its approval], indoors, or in a trailer. To keep it in a trailer you’ll need a model of a mobile mini doughnut machine.
Make a genuinely informed choice. After all, your choice of the machine and its output will have a major impact on your earnings.
If you are a non-US citizen, go to your local City Hall to get an approval for purchasing the doughnut machine. Since you will have to comply with their specific requirements, it is wise to inform them before your purchase. This will save you unwanted expenditure and hassles. Your local Health Department will also have their specific requirements; so get an okay from them as well.
To stress a point, your mini doughnut machine will need regular maintenance. So if you want to be in this business for the long haul, make sure about the guarantees and availability of spare parts for many years to come. It always helps to be in touch with someone from the company so that you get inside information on how they are doing.