There is a 100% chance of weather tomorrow. I have always said a better name for a meteorologist is; LIAR! “Now here's Liar Bob with the weather forecast.” I'm teasing, but even with all the data, the science is still not very accurate and remains unpredictable.
“Ben, I was waiting to get my tax money before buying a cart but now with the divorce I had to use the money to pay an attorney. I feel like I have missed the boat already. I have the money back now, but I have just missed March and April. Do you think I should wait or should I go ahead and get this used cart I found and get started?” – Jenny K
Jenny, I don't know all the ins and outs of your finances and what you have done already. For example, have you found a location, have you taken the schematics of the used cart to the h.d. and gotten an OK? Let's say the answer is yes and you have already done your due diligence, then there is no reason to wait. You're certainly not too late for the season.
I know you have probably read about vending in the winter being the best, but it's BS! The folks writing that nonsense are only attempting to encourage people to purchase products when sales are slow. I have written on this a couple of times, here is the most recent post.
FACT: More people are outdoors in the spring, summer and fall than the winter months – and that's where we want them, outside and hungry. I know many vendors that do well in the winter but they have excellent locations, factories, hospitals, very busy walking traffic, retail outlets and more. But for someone starting out and trying to find the perfect spot, Winter is not the time to begin the search.
This doesn't mean you can't do it, it just means that for better success you will need to do more scouting for the perfect location.
The point of this article is to share what seasons are best and to let you know not to rush things, there's plenty of time to get started. Summer isn't even here yet and you still have the fall. In most states, there are about 9 good months for starting and about 3 months that will be more challenging. Winter was very mild for the continental US and many vendors got a jumpstart on Spring, so this year has been an exception for most.
Some areas experience very hot summers or hot and humid summers. These are great times to sling dogs and as you build up the funds you can add a pop up tent and fan or an evaporative cooler. You can continually make your location more comfortable for you and your customers.
Honestly, most states have a huge season for slinging weenies. If you have been considering getting started, do your due diligence, watch the free video training and learn as much as you can, there is still plenty of time to get going.
The radio show last week at Hot Dog Vendor Radio was wonderful, we had tons of callers and are looking forward to our show this Tuesday night. Be sure to click here to access the show and remember to subscribe so you never miss an episode. We send out reminders just for you.
Don't forget the bottled water. There are days when we vendors sell more water than hot dogs. Bottled water in a bed of ice is irresistible when your hot and the profit margin is better than soda. Some vendors sell flavor straws so that the customer can add energy powder or a flavor to their water. We'll discuss this more later, but I wanted to remind you.
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