How to Start an Ice Business

One of the advantages of starting up an ice business is that there is only a low start-up and overhead cost.

This business is not a “seasonal” type of business therefore you may be able to earn constantly.

In starting up an ice business, it is important to consider several important factors which may affect the way you will do your business. For example, before you even decide on whether you really want to start an ice business or not, you should evaluate first your target market. Determine if this certain type of business will “click” to the public. In short, make sure that you are starting a good business.

The location of the business is very important since the weather may affect your business. If you choose to start a business in a location where it is cold, you may have to close your business for a while because you will not have customers. You may want to consider very carefully on where you would like to put up your own business.

Make sure that you have a good business plan to ensure the success of your business. It is required for you to have a plan since this will serve as your guide in doing the business. It is included in the marketing plan the strategies that you will do in operating the business, the description of your company and how it is different from others.

Decide on how you fund your business. If you have enough money to start up your own business, better. But in case that you do no have the enough money to start your own business at the moment, you can borrow money from banks and lending firms or other financial institutions. But remember that you should only borrow the amount of money that you are sure to be able to pay at the specified time. Failure to do so may result to additional charges, or worse, your collateral will be taken away from you.

After deciding on how you will fund your business, the next thing that you should do is to take care of the legalities. All businesses are required to secure necessary documents in order to operate legally. You can go to your local county office and inquire about the necessary requirements you need in order for you to obtain the necessary documents.

Make sure that you consider all the things that have been mentioned above to help you in starting up your own ice business. If you considered all the important factors, the likelihood for you business to be successful will significantly increase. Just like starting up any type of business, starting an ice business requires the owner to focus so that he can monitor the business.

141 Comments

  • Abdul Rashid said on November 17, 2011
    Hi, I am from mumbai, India. I would like to know more about Ice Business.
  • John said on May 29, 2012
    Helo sir/ma you are really doing a great job, please keep it up,please kindly intimate me on what and what i need to start up this ice business I'm interested in it my contact are:johnispring@yahoo.com, tell 2348036717122 God bless...
  • Brian said on June 26, 2012
    I would like to know more about starting up an ice company. I live in Blue Springs, Mo, my email is bri8anh@yahoo.com. Thank you.
  • Ansh miglani said on June 27, 2012
    i am interesting to do that business in panipat (haryana), plzzz give me all information on my no: 09034500022
  • david debrah said on July 7, 2012
    i live in Ghana, and very interested in the ice business. need some ideas and things needed to start.
  • jeremy said on July 14, 2012
    hey i live in ky and i am interested in starting an ice company. please email me and let me know all the procedures i am to do on becoming successful at this
  • william cantero said on July 19, 2012
    Hello sir/mam .MY name is william and i am very interested in starting up my own ice business in mcronesia ,where i live.can u please all the info, i need to start. thank you god bless.
  • jeff jones said on November 11, 2012
    CYPRESS CAL 90630 OR STANTON CA 90630 WHAT I WANT TO DO IS SELL. WHERE THERE ARE VENDORS ARE MY BROTHER SELLS FUNNEL CAKES AND SHAVED ICE AND I SEE THE VENDORS RUN OUT OF ICE ALL THE TIME AND I CAN MAKE A KILLING THEY WILL PAY ANYTHING TO GET THE ICE THEY NEED?
  • Niraj Kumar said on January 10, 2013
    Myanmar .yangon. .... Please send me about ice making processes to start business
  • Larysa McGee said on February 2, 2013
    Please send me about ice business information. Las Vegas, Nevada
  • shaji said on February 6, 2013
    HI, Please advice me to start an ice business at Kerala,Kollam,Anchal Thanking you. Shaji
  • John Paul said on February 18, 2013
    Hi I want advice on the ice business to help me get started in the middle-east. Thank you
  • Akingbola said on March 10, 2013
    Hi, what are things I will need to start up an ice company. I urgently need your advice. I'm from nigeria
  • Arunprasad said on April 8, 2013
    Halo Akingbola, please email me your details for starting up a ice company. I have ideas to share with you. arun-86@live.com
  • Omar said on April 17, 2013
    I would like to start s businesses in ice making location is Africa how many machines will I need to buy Nd start up costs. Email is yyasin392@gmail.com
  • DENNY JOHNSON said on May 1, 2013
    I would love to know more about the ice business mam I am highly anticipating an E-mail from you mam I live in Houston, Tx
  • neo said on May 2, 2013
    Hey please furnish me with all necessary info regarding ice business, my location is south africa
  • David Blevins said on May 6, 2013
    Hi I am looking in to starting a ice business I live in robbinsville nc I would like to know more about it and all the hoops you have to jump thru to get this rolling and Wat kind money need to get this going thanks
  • sujai pujari said on May 8, 2013
    I want to know more about the ice business what are its basic requirements I live in Pune Maharashtra India
  • Tonya said on May 19, 2013
    I live in Hampton Tn, I have three natural springs on my property. I would like some information bottle and sell or even an ice company. Any ideas on where to start?
  • Basit Niazi said on June 2, 2013
    Can someone please help me to get a complete business plan for an ice making business/plant. I would like to start the business but need more information
  • James M. Payveh said on June 4, 2013
    I'm interested in starting up an ice vending business in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. I wonder you could advise me on appropriate plan, power generation, and ice making machine and equipment.
  • kevin said on June 27, 2013
    I'm here in Micronesia I need some advice from you to start my business...
  • Alex said on June 28, 2013
    El Paso, Tx, USA. I am interested in starting an ice production business to supply retail and convenience stores. Current opportunity would need an installed capacity of 15 ton/day during summer with 20 tons / month during winter. Can you help me figure out what would be the best business plan to go forward and an idea of the financial requirements to start off with?
  • Chelsea Droogan said on July 9, 2013
    I live in Pennsylvania but I'm thinking of opening an ice business in New Jersey. Please email me with information on where to start. Thank you, your help is much appreciated.
  • OTABIE HAYFORD said on August 1, 2013
    I am always wondering of what to do to make my future life better. So GOD give me an ice making business to start in Ghana. But I have no idea about the whole thing. How to start, who to contact etc. Can you help me?
  • Birjesh Yadav said on August 21, 2013
    I want to start Ice factory in Rewari (haryana). I want to know more about Ice business . Any one can help me figure out what would be the best business plan and along with cost .
  • Gebrekidan said on August 22, 2013
    I am thinking to have my ice business in Washington dc
  • Gebrekidan said on August 22, 2013
    I am thinking to start ice business to distribute to restaurants, grocery stores and to ever who need. but it is a big challenge for me to started up the business so who ever can help me will greatly appreciated. my contact number is 973-652-2589 and my email is m_gebrekidan@yahoo.com
  • Onalenna Maikano said on August 22, 2013
    I would like to start an ice making business, please give ideas on how to go about it, and help on the best business plan. Am in Gaborone, Botswana, Southern Africa
  • thamsanqa said on October 13, 2013
    I would like to start an ice making business, please help me with a lists of resources and advice that i would need towards a successful business.
  • Ice business beginner adviser said on November 30, 2013
    I run a small ice business, its been running now for 7 years. I start very small. I start with one ice machine which i purchase from ebay. I only want to sell 10 bags of 4 kg a day at 2.00 a bag just for fund. Up to now sell 15000 bags a month at 3.00 a bag with 12 ice machine and still going. I didnt have a plan i just try if it works and its exceed my exception. I employ 12 people and have 2 truck for deliver. The demand is very high. I was worry cause im thinking who going to buy my ice. Everyone already have freezer but the grace of God it make thing easy and expand as you go on. Opening it wasn't hard cause i start with a 1 ice machine , A freezer for storage and a pick up truck to deliver, i didnt have a Refrigerated , i just a scoop measure to 4 kg . Bag it Ok let me know if this help. Hendy

    Ice Business Owner

  • JORAM MUBWANDARIKWA said on January 2, 2014
    i would like to know what i need to start an ice black making company in Zimbabwe. please include the cost too and recommended generator size as we are prone to power cuts in my country
  • Esther Ssentongo said on January 18, 2014
    I am so impressed with nbr 32, this is my dream and i know i will make it. I need detailed information abt the operational process. Seriously i want to start this year. God bless you!
  • Sunny Gulia said on February 25, 2014
    Hi, I want to start ice cube business by my own recently I am working with my uncle who have well settled business in Gurgaon. I don't have no experience of ice cube business I worked with automobile company for last 7 years with Audi & Toyota . But now I want to start my business so could you suggest something about that. So I can apply in my business Kindly coordinate with me on my no 9811751416 or my mail sunnymanisha07@gmail.com
  • Jj Correo said on March 17, 2014
    My name is Jose Correo. I live in the Philippines. I am planning to open up an ice making business. This is a very good market here considering that our climate is mostly hot all year round. Where can I get more information on this kind of venture.
  • rasheem said on April 29, 2014
    Hi i am trying to start and ice business i'm new jersey and would love to attain more information on how to do so... thanks in advance
  • Kevin said on May 7, 2014
    Hi. I Live in Kwazulu Natal, Durban .Please advise me on how to start a ice business
  • Glenwill said on May 8, 2014
    Hi my name is Glen , i stay in Cape Town and am very interested in starting a ice business. Please advise me on how to start this business or any resources which would be needed. You can contact me on this email or 0822232228. Thank you
  • iqbal ahmed said on May 8, 2014
    Hi live in lucknow pls advise me on how to start a ice small factory
  • Ugonna said on June 1, 2014
    I'm interested in starting up an ice vending business in Nigeria, West Africa. I wonder if you could advise me on an appropriate plan, power generation, and ice making machine and equipment that would make this possible. Thank you
  • lyndon said on June 11, 2014
    hello i would like to start a ice company. would like to start with 7 ton an all the hi tec machine what do i need to do to get started .why i keep thinking about this and how much money i need to get started thanks Lyndon
  • Barry said on June 15, 2014
    Hi, i really would like to start an ice business here in our area, one of the provinces here in the Philippines, I would very much appreciate if someone can give me an idea, my email barryjuanitas@yahoo.com
  • ROHIT said on June 19, 2014
    Hi i live in jabalpur (m.p) i'm interested in ice business can any one help pls contact.
  • eden arquero said on June 19, 2014
    please give me more information on how to start an ice business?
  • Anil Yadav said on July 1, 2014
    Hi, I want to start ice cube business in Rewari city Haryana. Please help me how to start the business and how much investment required. pls contact me at +919996644010
  • Rebecca said on July 4, 2014
    Hello. Please be kind enough to help me with details on ice business process. Please contact me at (727) 645-2036. Thanks in advance.
  • Tracey said on July 5, 2014
    Please help me I wanna open ice Buisness.
  • bana lekene said on July 15, 2014
    Hi! am from Botswana and I would like to start the ice business, what are the requirements? thanks, would appreciate it if you can guide
  • kedja said on July 17, 2014
    i'm from Ivory coast( west Africa). I am planning to open up an ice making business. can you advise me what do i need to start this business and where can i get more information.
  • mandla said on July 21, 2014
    tell me is it possible to provide government institutions with ice and if yes what are potential institutions please help
  • Yarhonda Jouhnson said on August 4, 2014
    My name is Ms. Johnson ,Please send me more info. on starting an Ice machine business. I really liked what Hendy(Ice Business #32) had to say and how well his business is doing. Would love for him to contact me as I have some business ideas and questions I would love to share lqueendaelyn@yahoo.com. Thank you and God Bless
  • Van Ly said on August 18, 2014
    Kindly email to me business plan setup for Ice Machine. Thanks
  • H Richards said on August 28, 2014
    I am so women wanting to start up my own ice cube business In the outer skirts of London Can u help me .
  • Martin Kgoloane said on September 11, 2014
    Good day, my name is Martin Kgoloane. I am a young aspiring business person residing in Johannesburg, south Africa. i would like to be enlightened about the CAPEX and OPEX guidelines for ice making business. My e-mail address is: mkgoloane@gmail.com
  • Reuben said on October 13, 2014
    I am very very interested in starting an ice business in South Africa, North west Rustenburg. Can you help me?
  • mavis said on October 17, 2014
    Good day my name is mavis i am interested to start ice business at Limpopo but my obstitle is money am working but my salary is to small to buy a machine can you please help me
  • Roy said on October 24, 2014
    I would like to open a ice business. Would you be able to help or provide information on starting a ice business? thank you, Roy
  • mmanoko malebana said on October 27, 2014
    I'm looking for advice on how to start an ice business. I had an idea but I don't know where to start
  • kailash said on November 4, 2014
    I want to start ice cubes factory in India with a capacity of 20 tones. the shape of the ice has to be "CUP" shape. can we have any suggestions and guidelines ??
  • maya said on December 5, 2014
    hi fellows. i have all information on ice business. email me at jmaya46@yahoo.com
  • Terry said on December 6, 2014
    I want to start the ice business in Trinidad, need some info about what equipment, machine is needed along with start-up cost etc
  • Rasigan Pillay said on December 29, 2014
    I would like to start an ice business in Pretoria, South Africa. Need more infor on equipment, machinery and start up costs. Thanks!
  • faith birgen said on January 8, 2015
    hi would like to start an ice company i deal with decoration and m interested in making sculptures using ice and also want to do supplies to hospitals,supermarkets,hotels and bars....i would like to know the cost of equipments,setting up the production industry for a population of 500 per day thanks from kenya, email at birgenfaith@ymail.com or zeinafrica@gmail.com
  • Bridget Manyika said on January 9, 2015
    want to start my business in Botswana please help me more with information on the start up costs and all the necessary requirements thanks in advance
  • Joy said on February 4, 2015
    Hallo Good day, Am a entrepreneur from Namibia , Northern part , i would like to start a ice business in my area. Please if you could assist with costs and equipment i might for starters, even a business ..i would really appreciate it . thank you looking forward to hearing from you
  • RULLIS MACEKE said on February 20, 2015
    I'm RULLIS MACEKE from malamulele, limpopo, south africa. i'm staying at rural area called xikundu in limpopo. Here around my area there is no business for selling ice cube and i have dream to start a business for selling a ice cube. may you please help with the procedure that i must follow in order to make my dreams come true, how i can write my business plan and other important information that can help me
  • Emmy said on March 25, 2015
    Hi i am interested in starting a business producing ice, i'm not sure how to go about drafting a business plan. Kindly assist.
  • Miso said on April 1, 2015
    Good Morning. I am a young black woman from South Africa in Witbank and I am interested in starting an ice business, just that I don't know where to start nor have funds for it. please assist. thank you.
  • Nyiko said on April 9, 2015
    Hi i'm interested in starting a business where i will be supplying ice cubes to a different events so i'm asking for assistance with drafting a business plan and make it functional. I want to locate my business in limpopo polokwane.
  • bether akuno said on April 10, 2015
    good afternoon, am interested in starting a business of making ice kindly assist me.
  • bhavanishankar said on May 3, 2015
    How to start small ice factory? N how many investment ..give me full details abt it....
  • jake said on May 6, 2015
    I would like to start a small ice factory. Kindly assist me.
  • Vir said on May 7, 2015
    hi i'm from mumbai pls gvn me the guidance 2 hw 2 start the ice business, 9819136221 vir
  • wixly said on May 7, 2015
    i stared at my blank page the whole day wondering what to write, please assist me, email me at tshenolorasethora@gmail.com i am from Botswana
  • Allan Yee said on May 23, 2015
    Hi, I'm from Malaysia. I wish to start the ice business but i have no people to guide me in this field. Can you please give some advice about this business and how big opportunities of this business. Thanks !
  • Varinder Singh said on June 21, 2015
    Hi, I'm from Ropar (punjab,India). I wish to start the ice business but i have no people to guide me in this field. Can you please give some advice about this business and how big opportunities of this business. Thanks !
  • James expert adviser said on June 24, 2015

    @Varinder Singh, you need to answer few questions before anyone gives you any advise. Why are you planning for an ice business? How this business suits you? How much money you have to invest?

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • mudinda said on July 30, 2015
    Hi, I am from Limpopo(a province in South Africa) and I would love to start an ice business. I would love to be more informed with what the business entails and how the business can be a success. Your advice will mean a lot.
  • prem chauhan said on August 13, 2015
    I am prem chauhan from haridwar. i want to start ice business pls suggest me that what is the procedure and how budget is required.
  • Joseph Godfrey Makola said on August 16, 2015
    Hi I'm in burgersfort but staying in a rural location called driekop I'm too interested in starting a business of ice cubes factory. Please help me how to start my business. Reply on my email address please. godfather.makola@gmail.com
  • rahul said on September 16, 2015
    hi, i want to open my own ice cube factory and i also have my own area to open d factory ....plzzz tell me how much i expand on dis ......how is d budget? my contact number is 08607989525
  • Francis Kugan said on September 17, 2015
    Hi.i am from Sabah Malaysia and very interested to start up this ice businesses. I have people willing to invest on me but first I've to convince them.so I have 3 questions for.Who was his market when he first started using 1 ice machine only?How long did he take to make his first expansion? and what is the profit margin that i should consider either to go ahead or forget about it? Thank you.
  • michael said on October 15, 2015
    I am very interested in ice making business and I would like you to give me the tips on how to start this business, I have a mentor who wants me to draft business proposal as soon as possible since I had I meeting with him, since he is a business man he wants a very well structured plan so that he can be able help me financially. you can contact me on 083 4616143.your assistance will be highly appreciated.
  • Bonginkosi said on November 16, 2015
    Hi I live in South Africa, and I'm very interested in starting an ice cube company. I have already gathered the neccesory information and spoken to my target market. Please send me more info on bobo.Nyundu@gmail.com
  • Takudzwa said on November 17, 2015
    Hi, i am in Harare, Zimbabwe and would like to start an ice cube /blocks business. Please send me any information you think might be useful. Thank you
  • Rapelang Mak'hapha said on November 30, 2015
    Hi,I am interested in starting Ice business in Lesotho please provide me with more information. makhaphar@stanbic.com.
  • Raghavender c said on December 12, 2015
    Hello sir i am very much interested in ice business start in mahabubnagar district,telangana state.please can you provide me the complete details of capital required and were should be the center to start this business.
  • pearl said on January 16, 2016
    Hi. Im interested in ice making business. Im from Durban. Kindly assist with some information
  • Werner said on January 24, 2016
    Hi. I am in Pretoria and to start a ice company. I need information on the cost of starting susc a business. Thank you.
  • Agnes said on January 26, 2016
    Hi I would like to start my own ice company, I am looking for nice idea, what exactly do I need to start.
  • Praveen Mishra said on January 28, 2016
    Dear SIR I WANT TO MANUFACTURE A OWN ICE PLANT PER PIECE 50 KG AND 200/DAY KINDLY TELL ME ABOUT ALL TYPE MACHINERY. ALSO MAKE WATER POUCHES AND A SMALL COLD ROOM FOR VEGETABLES OF MY SMALL TOWN SO HOW MUCH ARE WE NEED AND HOW MANY MACHINE NEED ?
  • MAGUGU MNISI said on February 12, 2016
    HI I WOULD LIKE TO START MY OWN ICE COMPANY, WHAT EXACTLY DO I NEED TO START. PLEASE HELP I NEED HELP
  • COLIF CONFIDENCE SEKWAKWA said on February 24, 2016
    Hi to start an ice business how much funds do I exactly need, mzansi.
  • Manish Pandey said on March 5, 2016
    Dear Sir Please contact me ( Manish Pandey 09198529180 ) for ice block plant & cold room.
  • Thomas said on April 3, 2016
    Good day I am keen to start an ice distribution business, can you please provide me with more information and a business plan Regards Thomas thomasmakgale@gmail.com
  • Lionel Dupont said on April 4, 2016
    Hi I am from Swaziland and I'm interested in this business. please help me here lioneld636@gmail.com and +268 76763825
  • abayomi said on April 15, 2016
    good day, i would like to know more about 20 tons Industrial Ice Cube Machine for Ice Factory. how large is the production . this is that if ice cube are put in big sack [rice sack]. that is, how much is the production in 30min. how many sacks. what is the cost of the machine and need more understanding about ice cube business thanks, expecting your reply.
  • Isaac said on April 19, 2016
    Hello sir/ma you are really doing a great job, please keep it up,please kindly intimate me on what and what i need to start up this ice business I'm interested in it my contact are:isaacmaluleke44@gmail.com, tell 27628850277...God bless.
  • Dumi said on April 23, 2016
    If you are interested in become a distributor do contact me on 0725422049 or mokoenaenergy@gmail.com only is South Africa. I manufacture ice cubes and supply in 2kg 3kg bags and i am looking for more distributors in Jhb, Mp, rustee and vaal. You will be provided with 503 litre deep freezer, and 250 bags of ice for 6500.remember with ice the profits as distributor your profits are 100%. Regards Koena Ice

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