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What Are the Best Kiosk Business Ideas

written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 1/6/2011

Are you planning on starting a small business? Have you thought about establishing a kiosk? Here are the best kiosk business ideas that are popular in today's market.

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    What Is a Kiosk?

    Small retail booth businesses in big box chain stores or shopping malls, also known as kiosks, sell all types of products and services. Kiosks have remained in high demand through the rise and fall of the economy. According to Patricia Norins, a specialty retail publisher and entrepreneur for over 15 years, the investment for starting a kiosk business ranges from $2,000 to $ 10,000. It's important to remember that kiosk operators need prior big box store or shopping mall permission before setup. The kiosk owner must abide by certain business regulations including hours of operation, products sold, and displays that must be approved by the big box chain or shopping mall.

    In the sections below, you'll find some of the best kiosk business ideas.

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    Food Kiosk Business 

    Operating a food kiosk business is an excellent idea, especially if you enjoy food of all kinds. Sound preparation would include deciding what food you are able to cook, what food caters to the tastes of your consumers, and what is popular enough to be profitable. Consider offering combo meals that include a drink to attract more customers. Scout for a good location like malls, flea or farmer's markets and state or county fairs. Make sure to secure permits from the venue owners as well as the Department of Health as required in your state. Read books or take a class on food handling and preparation to ensure your food options are safe for consumption. You can also seek help from local and professional organizations to help you with things like funding and capital. Read the article Checklist for Running a Small Business to help you get started.

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    Consumer Information Kiosk

    Another business kiosk idea is to set up an information provider kiosk for consumers seeking answers to all sorts of questions such as the reliability of stores, products, and other services. Information provided must be reliable and clearly presented. Your kiosk booth can be setup in malls, supermarkets, and medical or health fairs. Utilize a laptop or computer that has an interactive touch screen to offer demonstrations of recommended products and services. Healthnotes Inc. is one of the first providers of easy-to-manage information for interactive touch screen kiosks. For more information, visit the Healthnotes website. The website offers helpful information on the availability of information-providing kiosk ideas as well as general requirements. To be profitable in the consumer information kiosk business obtain owner backing of the products and services you endorse.

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    Electronic Kiosk Vending Machines


    Vending machines have gained great popularity throughout the years primarily because of their versatility. You can sell a variety of products where customers can pay through cash or a credit or debit card. Electronic kiosk vending machines attract customers because of their modern design and functionality. Because they are of the self-service mode, forget the worries on manpower expenses.

    Visiting will give you ideas on how to start your own electronic kiosk. They can configure the kiosk according to your desired market solutions such as ticketing, gaming, photo kiosk, health care, check-in, retail, and government solutions. They also customize the kiosk design and allow you to choose the materials to use for your electronic kiosk vending machine. In addition, a warranty is provided with support services and program management.

    If you think this is the right business for you, why not choose one of these kiosk business ideas and get started today.

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