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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Delivery has been a failure.
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:06:58 AM »
I must have missed something.  What I understand a delivery type setup or business model is called drop off Catering ie.. Doctor Office has say 10 employees and you take 10 meals to them in warmers, so we say, 10 meals x $10 per meal = $100.00 plus tax and delivery charge, doing 3 Doctor Offices you would have $300 plus in Sales, now the cost, let say a standard of 3xfoodcost, so you have now $100 profit plus a little for rounding up.  You have about two hours in this type concept.  There are some other cost that I did not address, ie Warmers, tables, setup time, pickup and delivery time.

Now this is the concept:  You get the customer, You cook the food off site (at your commissary), you pack the dogs in a food safe warmer and transport to the site, you setup a table, setup a serving line with your meals and the customer comes in and fixes their food, this is a catering for the most part except they are serving their self.  One hour later you come back and pick up your table and warming equipment.  It should be noted that you can get steamer that work on electric that you can setup (cost start at about $100 and up).

What you are doing is setting up a serving line and leaving, then coming back to pickup your items.   Most doctor offices and other professionals have offices in one area so the key to this is to get more than one office to make deliveries too.

Good!! Good!!

I don't feel you can make a profit doing one or two meal type deliveries due to hidden cost, fuel, time, etc....

Hot Dog Vendors / Happy Thanksgivings Day
« on: November 23, 2017, 05:46:10 AM »
Hope everyone has a Good!! Good!! Thanksgivings Day and many more.  Duggs Doggs Good!! Good!!

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Beer Cheese Bourbon Bratwurst
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:54:48 PM »
Not sure about your price point.  Never priced these types.  I would like what state you are in and can that city support those prices.  I would think the question would be yes.  Are these 4/1 in size.  They do sound good good.  Who are you buying this from if you don't mind me asking.  Duggs Doggs Good!! Good!!

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: I blew one. I blew a gig. Major fail.
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:44:48 AM »
I have done the multi events before and for me it was just too much, doing two events in one day can be done in my operation but then it becomes not fun and too much work, I try to focus on one event per day which works better for me, having only one cart it only makes since but it can be done.  I also have friends that do 2, 3, 4 events in a day yes in one day, yes his operation is bigger than mine but he did two catering in one day, a sky lodge, and a college that night, his day started at 5 am and stopped at 3 am, sorry 22 hours is just too much for us old people.

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Do you think delivery would be a wise idea?
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:25:07 AM »
Drop off catering is where the money is, well that is what I think.

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Role Call
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:22:34 AM »
welcome back Gunny.

Maybe better looking but not better.  I guess I should have added that I have a lot of repeat customers even at festivals since I have been doing this for so long the remember me.

I don't agree with your comments in that I have locations that I set up at that also sale food, omg, they are full service brick and motar, one at one end of the block and one at the other end of the block and me in the middle.  I also do festivals with everything from full blown food trucks to a church selling dogs for $1.00 after looking at my prices.  I have also done festivals that 3 other hot dog carts showed up along with me and two others also selling hot dogs (I sold out at 2 pm and was borrowing buns from other vendors to operate till 3 when the event was over).  One of my street spots is across the street from McDonalds with a Zaxby next door and a KFC/Taco Bell and a Burger King within a couple blocks.  One is in the parking lot of my Bakery which also sells some of the best sliders (ham and cheese, Roast Beef and Turkey and Cheese) that you have ever ate; I know this because I eat them almost every time I set up in town.  My other location is next door to chinese restaurant with a Huddle House next door and the Hospital across the street that sells full meals for little of nothing. 

I have friends that run hot dog carts, food trucks, food trailers, full service restaurants but the ones that make it thrive on competition.  So I say suck it up butter cup, competition is here to stay.  Good!! Good!!

Making a comment that because a food truck is at your location would mean that you would not do good good is about the same thing as a brick and motar saying that because I have a hot dog cart that I am going to take their business.

If you can't make it with competition then you can't make it period.  Our systems in the country are built on just that competition.

Am I getting rich, NO.  Do I make enough to make me happy, yes.

As long as the playing field is level and fair then I say bring your trucks bring your carts.

« on: October 25, 2017, 12:21:12 PM »
1. Make it fun.
2. Read and understand all government rules.
3. Make a Plan. Plan the Work, Work the Plan.
4. Keep it clean
5. Do your maintenance.
6. Use as much free or low cost advertising as possible
7. Don't trust anyone
8. Pay your taxes.
9. Keep detailed records
10. If everything fails refer back to rule one.

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!!

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Anybody got a night light solution?
« on: October 21, 2017, 03:35:54 AM »
I use the string lighting that I got at Harbor Freight, puts out a lot of light but you have to have AC Power.

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Tomorrow is pretty big
« on: October 21, 2017, 03:33:45 AM »
Hope you do Good!! Good!!

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Cash rolls as opposed to cash drawers
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:55:37 PM »
For me I like the cash in hand or as you call it roll; if I get really busy I just use the stuff method, stuff it in any available pocket.  Normally I have someone at Festivals or Big events to take the money and serve the drinks.  Never used a cash register, Square has a really good system if you are looking the that area.

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: First day of sales was today!
« on: October 12, 2017, 05:03:29 AM »
This is where I get mean.  If you think you will fail you will.  This is a business and must be treated like a business.   The normal rule is to give a location about two weeks before you give up on it.  I assume that at the medical building you checked it out in advance to see which entry most people are using, and that you checked out the flow of people.  For the sign thing, I understand not having money but you must have signs, a flutter flag works the best and it cheap, you can go to lowes and buy stuff to make your own signs and save a little, if you run you cart from 11 till 2 pm and spend 1 hour per day on cleanup and prep that leaves you 20 hours to make a plan, plan the work then work the plan.  You don't have to buy everything today and you are not going to get rich doing this but you can do a lot better if you believe you can.

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Modernizing an old cart
« on: October 08, 2017, 11:34:48 AM »
I don't live in California and I know why, but I do hope that you make it and I really would like to know when you do, just make a plan, work the plan and plan the work.  I would take the cart to the health department and say could you please tell me what I need to do to make this legal and I would do that before I spent any more money. Also make sure that you and the health department is reading the code for hot dog carts and not a food truck or a food trailer.  Good Good luck

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