The New Hot Side Hustle Is… Owning a Vending Machine?

By: Dheeraj Mehra

Growing up poor in upstate New York, Marcus Gram never thought he could achieve monetary freedom. All she had to do was bring in enough money to give her child a better life.

"After graduating with a master's degree, I struggled to find steady work in my field," says the 31-year-old. "I kept falling apart."

Gram eventually landed a steady job in an assisted living facility that paid $30,000 a year.

“From outside, people thought I was doing well. In fact, I was broke and struggling to survive. ,

As American households grapple with inflation, some are turning to the sublet economy to meet their needs by renting out small properties -

Cars, swimming pools and bicycles - and even commercial equipment, such as vending machines.

Gram started buying and leasing vending machines as a side hustle during his day job.

After initially faltering, he found his way, turning the income stream into a full-fledged business, Joyner Vending,

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