I recently got a great email from Chad. He graduated from college less than five years ago, and ended up hating most of the jobs he worked. He made a decision to start his own hot dog business, and after a lot of learning, planning and working, he's running a successful food trailer at Lowe's! Plus, he runs extra carts for catering and special events. I love stories like this because it's impossible not to be impressed and inspired.
Go ahead and read his message and see what you think!
Chad Didn't Want to Wash Windows
I hate typing so I’m gonna keep it short and sweet.
My name is Chad, I graduated college in 2013 and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I worked many jobs and hated most of them. I wanted to be my own boss, and my buddy approached me about starting a late night donut stand. Donuts were very difficult to hand make so I decided to try hot dogs!
I found learnhotdogs.com and watched EVERYTHING. I had the podcasts in my ears while I was window cleaning (my job at the time).
A Used Cart and Commissary
I finally bought a cart locally on Craigslist (I was planning to buy one from Ben but this deal was too good to pass up and it was local). Found a commissary for a great deal! (After much looking…)
I found my first spot in downtown Bellevue, after MUCH looking as well. Started out selling 60-70 dogs a day, Wed – Fri at 5$ each. So immediately this was my main source of income and it provided for me just fine!
Getting a Permanent Spot at Lowe's
I wanted a weekend spot too so I found Lowe's! Had to go through StreetEats to get in, but after about 3 months I got in! I found out that this spot is just as busy on weekdays as weekends.
So I dropped the Bellevue spot and moved the business here full time! I haven’t left Lowe's since! We have been at Lowe's for 3 years now.
We now have a big food trailer parked at Lowe's, open 7 days a week, and also have 2 carts strictly for events and catering. Events and catering can be VERY profitable!
We are known for our “Seattle Dog” (cream cheese and grilled onions ) and also our “PB & J dog” (Peanut butter, raspberry jam, cream cheese, and bacon strips. )
Congratulations, Chad! Thanks for sharing your experiences and helping other people see what's possible when you start with an idea, some information, and get to work! Awesome!
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