Welcome to episode #156 of Hot Dog Vendor TV and Hot Dog Vendor Radio! This is a long-running series of podcasts and now videos where I answer questions and offer my advice to people in the hot dog cart and street food business. Some of the topics covered in this show: How can I get a commissary? I need help figuring out my local food cart licensing and permit … [Read more...] about Hot Dog Vendor TV #156
I got an email from a hot dog vendor who is having trouble making money. He has had some opportunities to sell hot dogs at events and stuff, but just can't cover his costs. I'll address his situation and offer some tips that might help others make the most of their street food businesses. Here we go! Identify and Fix the Problems Possible problems I talk about in this … [Read more...] about Hot Dog Vendor Losing Money!
I got an inspiring story from a street food vendor named Scott, who gave me permission to share his words with you. He recently went from being almost ready to give up, to selling more food than before... All because of an encouraging video and a change to his menu. Scott of Yo Dawgz Catering Hey Ben, Scott here, Owner of Yo Dawgz Catering, just wanted to tell you THANKS!!! … [Read more...] about Vendor Success Story: Hamburgers and Jambalaya
Starting your own street food business can seem overwhelming when you run into things you've never heard of, like a commissary. Let me help clear up some of the common questions hot dog vendors have about finding a commissary. Here you go! Find a Free Commissary Hot Dog Cart Business Tips If you have questions about starting or running your own hot dog cart business, … [Read more...] about How To Get A Commissary
You might think all you can sell from a hot dog cart are hot dogs. But did you realize a food cart is just a mobile kitchen, and there are LOTS of things you can prepare and sell?! And depending on your local laws and whether you are selling to the public, or at a private event, the possibilities for your food cart menu are wide open! Food Cart Questions? Do you have a … [Read more...] about What Can You Sell From a Food Cart?
Where should I set up my hot dog cart? Should I pay for a good location, or find a spot that's free? Hot Dog Cart Location Some of my most common questions are about finding, claiming, and keeping profitable street food locations. Here's the latest question related to hot dog cart locations, and my advice to a vendor looking for help... Do you have a question about … [Read more...] about Vendor Location Problem?
How to Fix a Used Hot Dog Cart Hey, folks! There are lots of hot dog carts and food trucks out there, and while you may be tempted to jump right in and buy the bright, shiny, brand new model, you probably shouldn't if you're on a limited budget. You can get a heck of a great cart for way less money if you do some research and find a good used cart. And if it needs a little … [Read more...] about Hot Dog Cart Repairs
If you're starting a hot dog cart or other mobile food business, you should know you will probably need some kind of license to do business. That's true. But what do you do if your city or county says something that seems ridiculous? Business Advice: Don't Panic Faced with an impossible-sounding requirement from your city or county officials? Don't take their word for it. … [Read more...] about City Requires Multiple Location Licenses?
I got another amazing hot dog success story from the Central Whidbey Lions Club! If this doesn't get you excited about the hot dog business, I don't know what will. I want to send a huge THANK YOU out to CWL and Jim for sharing their story and photos. They are kicking buns and helping their community. Lions Club Sells 420+ Hot Dogs in 1 Hour Thank you all for a job, … [Read more...] about How Many Hot Dogs Can You Sell in an Hour
Hey, folks. I'm doing a hot dog vendor location critique today. There are plenty of reasons why a location that seems great might not be as profitable as it could be. I'll look into the details of this hot dog vendor location and point out some improvements that could help bring in more sales and more money! Everything from the location of the cart to the type and placement … [Read more...] about Hot Dog Vendor Location Critique