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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: "When it's time to change..."
« Last post by duggsdoggs on February 24, 2018, 10:33:52 PM »
I will tell you about a guy in Mo, name is O'Doggy's, (Cory Lawerence) he went from a cart to a trailer to a brick and mortar and back to a cart, will he still has the Brick and Mortar and has two carts.  I consider him a friend and I am sure if you have any questions he will be glad to help you.  He has some really cool menu boards and a great setup at O'Doggy's.  He is a member of Vendors United and active on that site.  No matter what you do you must do it the best you can and be proud of what you do.  Please don't forget to come on here and let us know how you are doing and also remember to tell us the good and the bad.  Good!! Good!!
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: "When it's time to change..."
« Last post by Super Weenie on February 24, 2018, 03:55:42 PM »
Thanks, guys. I appreciate y'all very much!

No offense Oz, but I'm not going into the details of my numbers in a public forum. Trust me though... I've crunched the numbers and I feel good about them.  :)

I gutted the space about 5 weeks ago and singlehandedly proceeded to:
-Patch and paint the walls
-Remove the carpet
-Scrape all the adhesive off the concrete floor
-Lay VCT tile and install coved wall base
-Design new graphics
-Frame in a small wall and hang a door
-Build a beautiful counter (with help from a woodworker friend)
-Jump through all the bureaucratic hoops

It's been kind of nuts and I'm sore all the time, but I'm getting excited to see it coming together. I've already had an article in a local magazine about the shop and there is a lot of "chatter" locally about it in the real world and online. While walking ANYWHERE in town, someone will ask me when I'm opening and tell me they're looking forward to it. Some of those folks are regulars, but a lot of them are folks that I don't think I've ever served!

The finish line is finally in sight and I'm starting to transition from the "big jobs" to the details. Even though I'm not making any money right now, this work is incredibly satisfying... Designing systems, putting puzzles together, strategizing, building stuff, problem solving... I can't say I've loved every single minute of it, but overall, It has been great! If you're interested, you can see progress pics on my Facebook page (SuperweenieWV) but I'm not posting any shots that really show how it looks until I open.

Thanks for the replies and thanks for reading. I hope y'all are doing well.
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: blasphemous or obscene language
« Last post by Super Weenie on February 24, 2018, 03:08:42 PM »
I don't know if this is about an "incident" I missed or just a  heads up, but I apologize if I've used any unacceptable language in my posts. I know I've used a few choice words here and there. It won't happen again.
Hot Dog Vendors / blasphemous or obscene language
« Last post by duggsdoggs on February 24, 2018, 12:27:42 PM »
To all that post items on this site.  First you do not have to agree with anything that anyone post on this site to include myself.  Second you do not have to take any of the advise that anyone gives you on this site.  Third: Being disrespectful is not acceptable.   If you do not want to be a member of this site don't post comments, don't login.  Your business is your business but if you use blasphemous or obscene language your comments will be deleted and if you continue you will be deleted period.  This site is not for everyone and the Vending business is not for everyone.  Michael S. Wood, Duggs Doggs Good!! Good!! Site Administrator
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Card Readers
« Last post by Blue Pig on February 21, 2018, 12:51:24 AM »
  PayPal has all the same POS systems that Square has I think they all do nowadays. The big reason I chose PayPal was their live phone support. I make no bones about it when it comes to high tec gadgets I'm an idiot. I wanted someone I could actually speak with. Square operates through email and twitter mainly and it's difficult to get a person to speak to. I've used PayPal for my restoration business for 10yrs and never had an issue so for me it's just a comfort thing. Plus getting that 1% back appeals to my cheap, er I mean thrifty side. Square's a good company just not a good fit for me. I don't think you can go wrong as long as the rates are competitive. I just wanted to say I got the message that I'm a dinosaur who uses cash but I can't expect everybody else too!
   I hear you on the stock option. I passed on too many that took off or split a year later. I'd rather sling hot dogs than play the market anyway!
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Card Readers
« Last post by duggsdoggs on February 20, 2018, 11:58:28 PM »
As most know I use Square and have since 2012 and plan to remain with them, I have never had any issues at all.  The only thing I did wrong was that Square offered my to buy in on there stock when they went public and I did not, should and learn. 

I am not saying any other reader is not just as good or even better but square as so much more if you want to expand into tablet, or order processing or cash register options, and loyality programs.

Good!! Good!!
Hot Dog Vendors / Card Readers
« Last post by Blue Pig on February 19, 2018, 10:59:10 PM »
   Well I broke down and ordered a credit card reader. After spending a season watching people walk past me because I don't accept plastic. I ordered a reader. I have been reluctant because our margins are so close I didn't want to loose more by accepting cards. Well we live in 2018 and most of the people that pass me are under 30 so I have to go with how they pay. Customers can now swipe, dip, chip and pay with their phone, exciting times!
   I chose PayPal for many reasons but the two top were customer service and the percentage rate. While they are at 2.7% like most others I got their business card with 1% back effectively lowering my swipe rate down to 1.7%. I will also make up the percentage loss by adding the state sales tax 6.35% to the card charge. Hopefully this will also bring larger orders.
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: New Cart Ordered
« Last post by Pastor Josh on February 19, 2018, 08:49:38 PM »
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: New vendor from West Texas
« Last post by Super Weenie on February 17, 2018, 03:12:45 PM »
Welcome and best of luck to you! I hope you love it, have lots of fun and make bank!

If you are steaming buns, or intentionally letting them get steamy/soggy in their bag, you will need buns with a little more gluten. Potato buns and any other bun that just doesn't have very much wheat gluten is going to either crumble or just end up a mushy mess with the wrong texture.
Hot Dog Vendors / Re: New vendor from West Texas
« Last post by Blue Pig on February 16, 2018, 03:24:01 PM »
  Welcome and good luck. I don't know what's available in TX but I use Arnold Bakery Restaurant Style New England Rolls. I get them at Bj's Wholesale Club for 3.99 for 16. works out to 25 cents per. They are soft and light and hold up well.
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