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Hot Dog Vendors / What a day
« on: October 22, 2017, 05:59:44 AM »
I have cut down the amount of Festivals that I do every year down to about 4 per year.  All of these are very small festivals.  This year a festival that I did last year almost doubled the cost for the spot.  I came real close to not doing the event.  I ask my wife to help me during the lunch rush this year so that I could get people out fast.  Well I show up and find out that I was the only food vendor expected because no one called the promoter back.  I called my wife and told her this and that I would really need help.  I got everything set up and cooked a little food (for the other vendors to buy before the event started).  My wife shows up at about 10 am.  Then only one other food vendor shows up and set up about 30 feet from me (selling fried Fish and French Fries).  I hate to say but I was glad they did show up.  Well it started about 10:30 and we started to get busy.  We went wide open till 2:30 pm with a line 10 to 15 deep.  We did not stop for a second.  Well then we slowed down to a normal pace and that is when the bad stuff happened.  My wife got over heated and sick (she did not stop to eat or drink for the whole rush).  Well off she went to the ER to get medical treatment (yes she is fine).  So I finished the day at about 3:30 and packed up.  My wife got home about 7 pm and is doing better.  I had a hell of a day.  Good!! Good!!


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Hot Dog Vendors / Staying True
« on: September 03, 2017, 05:15:20 PM »
As some may know I have been doing this thing called a "Hot Dog Business" since 2009 and what I have found is the following:

I love doing this and if you don't you need to run as fast as you can and do something else.

I started out with a plan to only be part time and for the most part have remained part time, my cart has been used 60 times this year so far.

I do 8/1 All Beef Hot Dogs, 4/1 All Beef Hot Dogs and 1/4 Roger Wood Sausage Dogs, Assorted chips and Assorted 12 oz can drinks.  I only do Mustard, Ketchup, Sweet Relish, Yellow Banana Peppers, Hot Peppers, Graded Cheese, Kraut, Chili and Slaw.  I only use fresh baked buns from our local bakery and cut them on the top, yes I cut ever bun.

I have done everything from Street Spots to Catering Birthday Parties, Grand Openings and also Festivals and Special Events and even a Wake.

I fix ever dog that is served at my cart so you may have to wait in line which is a good good thing because I provide a great show and treat people like they need to be treated.  In other words I serve my customers and am glad when they come back.

Now in saying all of that I have tried a few things, nacho's, bacon jam, coke onions, sweet tea.  At catering events I have even served BBQ sliders, Slaw, Potato Salad and Baked Beans, all from my cart.

I say all of this to say the one thing that I have found is that you do not have to serve everything in the world to do this.  I always tell people to use the KISS method.  You can do the basic hot dogs from a cart and make a great living but what you have to do is provide a service that people remember.  Over the years my advertising for the most part has been word of mouth and free except for my signs and shirts and a few events that I sponsor.

My wife and me went to town today to Subway and it was the worst service I have seen in a while, the person that waited on us just did not want to be there and really did not want to wait on anyone.  I assume that my sales have gone up so much.

Remember you don't have to have everything for everyone, but you do have to provide good, clean and safe food for your customers and also remember if you don't what to serve people or wait on people find something else to do.  Stay true to your business plan and yourself and you will make it.  Our business is 99% customers service and 1% good good food.

Duggs Doggs
Good!! Good!!


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Hot Dog Vendors / National Hot Dog Day
« on: July 19, 2017, 04:32:48 PM »
Happy National Hot Dog Day. 

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Hot Dog Vendors / Hot Weather
« on: July 16, 2017, 05:27:48 AM »
Got into my truck yesterday after a catering/customer appreciation event and it was 104, I knew it was hot but not that hot.  Even in Georgia that is hot.  I drank about two gallons of gatorade so remember to drink drink drink and try and stay cool..Good!! Good!!

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Hot Dog Vendors / Are You "Square"
« on: June 05, 2017, 02:28:31 AM »
When you look at the subject you may not know what I am going to talk about today.  Being in this business for so many years I have learned a few things.  One of the best was the Square Readers.  When I first started with Square they had just began and shortly after they went public and offered some of us stock.  Well, I guess I should have bought the stock but I went with Ford stock.  I will say that I still use my Square readers which I got for free because I started with them so many years ago and they still work great.  Yes, they take 2.75% off the top for all charges but I have added 3% to all credit card charges so the customer pays for the use of the square (this is posted on my menu also).  I have never had anyone question the charge because most people love the ability to carry no cash and some are shocked that such a small business would take credit cards.  Yes, I take a card no matter how many times, no matter what the amount even for a $1.25 coke (lol). 
If you don't have square or something like square you are not in the correct line, get on board, increase your income, it is fast easy and cheap so why not.
If you do get Square please not that they have all kinds of tracking for your money, employees, customers, etc. etc so read everything.

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Hot Dog Vendors / Nothing To Do With Vending
« on: May 25, 2017, 03:51:46 AM »
As I prepare to be old which will happen next Monday when I officially turn 62 I find out that I still got it.  As, most know I retired from the military in 2005 and went back to work, then in 2009 I got into the hot dog business (which I still love).  My current "full time employer" sold out to an investment group last year and decided to close our plant after operating for over 50 years.  I was told that I would be one of the last employees to leave and that date was scheduled to be August and this date would not change more than a couple of weeks.  Then a couple of weeks ago management told us that another company had bought part of the plant.  Then they tell me that they had decided to give a test to the security staff and interview them to decide which staff is going to stay till October 31, 2017 or maybe longer.  Well that kinda pissed me off because I was scheduled to leave in August which was ok but what they said in the beginning was that the dates that were set in May and August would not change more than a couple of weeks.  Well they lied.  So they give me about 1 hour of computer training for a new computer system and then a two hour interview and test.  Well I made it, their comments was I "Blew them away" (lol), truth be know it was not hard.  Deep down inside I did feel proud since on 50% of the security staff will stay till October or longer.  So in saying all of this I will not be retiring in August but today my plan is to retire at the end of the year officially.  Stop, no I am not closing my Hot Dog Cart.  If you want to know when the Hot Dog Business will close; it will happen when it stops being fun.  Good!! Good!!

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Hot Dog Vendors / Vendors United
« on: May 21, 2017, 11:11:17 AM »
I not sure if anyone on here are members of www.vendorsunited.org but if you are not a member you can join and what you will find is discounts, information and much much more.  I don't get paid to advertise for anyone.  Even if you are not doing just hot dogs and sausage dogs or if your are part time like me you will still find information that will help you.  If you are new or a street vendor pro you will get things that will help you.  You can join and stop at any time.  Learn from the best and be a pro.

Duggs Doggs
Good!! Good!!

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Hot Dog Vendors / Number 1 Reason
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:13:33 AM »
I talk to a lot of people while I operate my hot dog cart and yesterday I got my health inspection (100 A).  I was talking to my inspector and we got on the subject of people attempting this business and what came up was what I think is the number 1 reason people have trouble starting.  The number 1 reason is they don't talk to their Health Department and don't understand the regulations for vending.  I had a individual a few days ago telling me about starting a Hot Dog Cart in Georgia.  He did not have a copy of the State Code which you can download and print for free online or you can do like I did before I even ordered my Hot Dog Cart; go by the Health Department and pickup a free copy, yes mine was free and provided by the same Health Inspector I have today.  At that time I ask him if I could setup a time to get some answers after I read this regulation, yes I read the regulation.

I sometimes get pissed when people tell me that they can not start this business because the inspector tells them A, B, C and the regulation really states D.  If you don't get what I am saying DON'T start in this business, Don't buy a Hot Dog Cart.  If you don't read the rules that are provided free and don't read the hours on hours of information available online for free you don't need to invest your money in this business. 

The Hot Dog business is WORK!!!  I know that may scare some people off from this business but if you want to really run a hot dog cart do your home work before you do it.  If you start and fail or fail to start you are the only person that you can blame.

Rant over

Duggs Doggs
Good!! Good!!

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Hot Dog Vendors / When is too much too much!!
« on: April 10, 2017, 05:24:25 AM »
Ok, here is my Schedule for this week:

Monday:  Street Location 08:30 till 15:30 pm Includes travel time and cleanup
Tues:  Appintments 0900 till 3 pm No pay
Tues:  Work real job, 16:00 till 06:00 Includes travel time
Wed:  Street Location for TV Spot  08:30 till 14:30 includes travel time and cleanup
Wed:  Work real job, 1600 till 06:00 Includes travel time
Thurs:  Special Event 10:00 till 13:00, includes travel time and cleanup (Easter Event)
Thurs:  Work real job, 16:00 till 06:00 Includes travel time
Friday:  Off
Saturday:  Catering Job 09:00 15:00 Includes travel time and cleanup.
Sunday :  Off

Projected Gross earnings:  $2200.00

Issue:  Sleep

You would never believe that I am part time, lol

Gets better next week, I hope.  Sometimes i think I need to learn the word "no"


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Hot Dog Vendors / Gone
« on: March 23, 2017, 02:48:22 AM »
Well I did not advertise this but we have been out of the country for about a week and now we have returned.  Yes, even Duggs Doggs takes a vacation.  We went to Ireland and had a blast.  Even found a couple of hot dog vendors in Ireland and had what they call a hot dog (which was really a sausage dog) and it was great.  They made it trucker style with slaw, onions and cheese and I added a little mustard the bun was not steamed but was good, really enjoy it with a few pints (Beer) and some great music.  Hit the street tomorrow and have a customer appreciation event on Saturday.  Good!! Good!!

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Hot Dog Vendors / Video's
« on: February 14, 2017, 05:13:09 AM »
I am going to shoot another short video for Vendors United; any ideas out there of a subject that is needed to help vendors both pro and/or new.  As most know my Day in the Life of a Hot Dog Vendor was successful and I shot another video about my support trailer setup, which I thought could have been better.  This new video will be real short and can be about anything,  ideas.... Good!! Good!!

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Hot Dog Vendors / How Does Weather Effect Your Business
« on: February 01, 2017, 06:34:34 AM »
Working part time; but year round I have found that weather does effect business.  What I notice may be me; I don't go out when it is raining; real cold below 40; or real windy.  I guess that that would change if i was full time.  What I did this January 2017 was go out a total of 8 times (more times than I have ever went out in January).  The weather has been so mild this year so far.  What other factors effects the Vending Business??  Good!! Good!!

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Hot Dog Vendors / Role Call
« on: December 26, 2016, 05:34:32 PM »
I just wanted to see how many people are still on this site, please reply with a message back of name and state:

DUGGS DOGGS
GEORGIA

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Hot Dog Vendors / Season End
« on: December 05, 2016, 06:18:56 AM »
As we come to the end of another year or season.  We would like to say thank you to all the people that have helped the new vendors with all the questions and answers.  When we started this ride we did not have anyone to ask anything.  We made Google our best friend and found most of the answers.  Yes, we made mistakes but all in all it has been a great time.  If you are just thinking about starting in this business understand two things:  1.  It is work 2. Make a Plan, Plan the Work and Work the Plan.  Happy Holidays to everyone and we truly hope everyone had a Good!! Good!! year and many more.

Michael, PO, COO, AD, PD, HRD, TD, DOS, MD, DT, DSNA, FD, ID, ITD, HC&BW
Vicki, BB, CSD, W
Doug, CEO (Honorary)

Duggs Doggs
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PO= President/Owner
COO = Chief Operating Officer
AD = Advertising Director
PD = Purchasing Director
HRD = Human Resources Director
TD = Training Director
DOS = Director of Operational Safety
MD = Maintenance Director
DT = Director of Transportation
DSNA= Director of Sales and New Accounts
FD = Finance Director
ID = Inventory Director
ITD = Information Technology Director
HC&BW = Head Cook and Bottle Washer


CEO (Honorary) = Doug
Big Boss and Chief Safety Director and wife = Vicki

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Hot Dog Vendors / Being Part time
« on: November 26, 2016, 07:01:45 PM »
I get calls from vendors or people that want to be vendors all the time asking me if they can make any money doing this and also should they be part time or full time or how to get permitted or how to start a hot dog cart business.  I figure that by now everyone knows that I do this part time, part time to me is I have been out with my cart 70 time this year and that is about how many times I work my cart per year.  As of today I have exceed my all time sales by 3.19% from my best year (in sales).  Being part time I am able to re-invest back into my business and I have done that.  I can not tell you why my sales have increased but this year I only use fresh baked buns and I think that had a lot to do with my sales increases.  I have increased the number of special events (Catering).  One of my best customers has increased the number of times that I have been to his business to provide customer appreciation type events.  I have also re-branded my business with a new logo which I just did in November so I don't think that had anything to do with my increases.  What I do provide is a good good product for what I think is a fair price.

If you want to be in this business full time or part time understand that this is just that a business and is hard work, if you can't deal with the public and don't want to work hard please do not get into this business.

Duggs Doggs
Good!! Good!!


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