Starting a Kiosk Business

There are big retailers who always scares an entrepreneur to come up with an kiosk idea but don't forget that kiosk business is 3 times of retail business in US, getting a license to start a kiosk store is much easier, license is renewed every month as well. Startup cost for kiosk shop normally goes up to $5,000 - $10,000 including up front, cart rental, licensing and other expenses. The startup business cost varies with location also.

People found kiosk stores are doing well normally in busy shopping malls and airports. Read on to find details on starting a kiosk business.

If you are planning on starting a shop, it will be a good idea if you consider starting a kiosk business.

Operating a kiosk business will provide you with an opportunity to provide services or sell goods that people look for. It can also be a very profitable venture. Given the number of successful entrepreneurs who have made it big because of their kiosk sales, operating a vending outdoor kiosk can be financially rewarding and can be considered as one good way of starting own business. If you want to know how to start a kiosk business, the following details can provide you with valuable information on operating a kiosk store:

What to Sell in Your Retail Kiosks

Operating a kiosk franchise can be very profitable provided that you know what kind of products will sell best in a particular custom kiosk. Choosing what to sell in your kiosk will largely depend on the location where you have set up your self service kiosk. Airport kiosks, for example, sell snacks and drinks well because many airport passengers who are hungry find it more convenient to buy snacks from a food kiosk than from a restaurant. Phone kiosks, on the other hand, do well in high traffic areas like universities and terminals where people need to make important phone calls.

Getting Customers

Most kiosks and vending machines depend on location traffic to get customers. Coffee kiosks, DVD kiosks and flower kiosks, for example, sell their products fast and well if they are located in areas where there are plenty of passersby. It is therefore a good idea to choose a high traffic and easily visible location when choosing a place to operate a kiosk. It is also important to build your kiosk in locations frequented by your target customers. The best place to build an ATM kiosk, for example, will be in shopping malls where a number of people need to make cash withdrawals or check their account balances prior to shopping. Internet kiosks, on the other hand, are best situated in places where there are plenty of internet users such as in areas near universities. Many American kiosk entrepreneurs also find it a good kiosk advertising strategy to use attractive kiosk design and kiosk display to entice people to visit their shop.

Starting a kiosk business can be a good idea if you are looking for a profitable business that you can engage in. Before buying a kiosk for sale, make sure that you know the right products to sell and the best location to build your kiosk business.


  • chanhl Lavarn said on June 8, 2009
    I wanted information on opening up a kiosk to sell product at airports and/or selling my product to bookstores. Thank you
  • Claudia said on August 4, 2009
    We are a family owned bookstore and would like to partner with someone that would be interested in putting a kiosk in our retail store on a commission bases.

    PS: To Chanhl Lavarn would you be interested in partnering with a bookstore on a commission bases? (Assuming your product is compatible with our store.) Email:
  • shakti said on August 9, 2010
    i want to start fast food kiosk but i am not able lock a location at reasonable price in pune . if anybody can help.
  • Annette Jackson said on October 26, 2010
    Country Washington D.C. United States. I need information on how to start a sweet shop that sell baked goods and sweets.I don't have that much cash. Will that be a problem?
  • neha said on July 29, 2011
    i own a multi designer store/boutique at juhu tara road and we are looking out for genuine people interested in renting a kiosk in our boutique
  • ana bennett said on August 19, 2011
    Washington D.C.I need information on how to start a sandals shop and opening up a kiosk to sell them at airports. Thank you
  • Kelly Spencer said on August 24, 2011
    Wanting open family grocery store in manila-Philippines. Advise/Tips on how to start up deeply appreciated. 50 year old Singaporean married to a filipino. Hoping to generate income to provide family.
  • essy said on November 23, 2011
    Hi dear . i am looking to find kiosk second hand rather than new. do you know any place to search for. thanks and have a nice day
  • Raquel said on December 3, 2011
    Have a doggie boutique and would like to get ideas on how to make more profitable. Thanks. Atlanta, GA, USA
  • R B SAXENA said on April 19, 2012
    Hi, I want to start cyber cafe at Moradabad. Please tell me the basic requirement. Will I be required to seek any permission in this regard.
  • Ben Heroux said on April 21, 2012
    I need to purchase a smoothie bar kiosk, I can find the perfect kiosk on multiple sites, but prices are listed NOWHERE. does anyone know where I can find the prices and costs for starting a smoothie kiosk inside a gym? please, I need to purchase a kiosk. very frustrated. email me please, at
  • JAMALPUR ANAND RAJ said on May 22, 2012
    i am own retail store at bolarum area, i want to start snack & drinks kiosk at schools, college, shopping mall & airport at HYDERABAD. low or without investment
  • indrajeet said on January 18, 2013
    i want to start own retail store or rented kiosk at pune area. and i am not able to search location.
  • neeraj sharma said on March 8, 2013
    i want kiosk attach with petrol pump n i have no experience about kiosk. please tell me about this business and what type of kiosk is well on there site. Sirsa, Haryana, India
  • EDWARD REARDON said on April 25, 2013
    I would like to find a kiosk business in Fort Wayne Indiana Either in the specialty confectionery business, or culinary supplies
  • Joseph said on June 20, 2013
    Edward Reardon, I'm a kiosk manufacturer in Fort Wayne, IN. Contact me at
  • Pradip Kumar Saha said on February 27, 2014
    I want to build an ATM Kisok at barrackpore
  • Santosh kumar said on May 22, 2014
    I am int for banking kiosk. please let me know the details. 9492350006
  • John said on June 6, 2014
    Union NJ 07083 is the pilot program. Looking for Bakery Kiosk Company to manage kiosk area management development. Locations available with a co-aliance program. 908 686 3400 X111 John Maltese


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