So, you’re planning to get into the hot dog vending business. But before buying your cart, there are three essential things that you have to consider first. And they are as follows:
1. The basics
First of all, you have to learn everything about the hot dog cart business. Setting up a hot dog vending concession might not require a master’s degree but you must at least educate yourself about the business as much as you possibly can.
There are tons of books, how-to videos, blogs, websites and forums that give valuable information about the ins and outs of hot dog vending. You can also ask other cart business owners and experts, and solicit for their advice and suggestions.
It is also in this stage that you should find out the most suitable type of cart for your hot dog vending business. Should your franks be grilled, boiled or steamed? In addition, find out as well the best priced and high quality food cart. Would you prefer a brand new cart or you opt for a used one?
2. Location, location, location
Yes, after you’ve read everything, it’s time to research for the perfect location of your hot dog cart business. And you have to remember that one of the most important key in the success of franks and wieners vending is your choice of location. Do extensive field research to find the right spot.
You’ve got to secure, as well, your necessary vending permits and licenses from your local authorities. They can help you as well in choosing the correct and government allowed areas for food vending. In addition, it is also a must to contact your local health department. You cannot operate your cart if you don’t have or pass the health inspection.
Now that you have your permits, licenses and passed your health inspection, get ready to research for the food items that you would like to sell in your hot dog cart. Find which supplier should provide you great-tasting frankfurters. What will be your condiments and other snacks? Do your prospective customers prefer sodas in can over cold bottled water or both?
So there you go. These are the three most important things to take into account when starting your own food cart business. As an added suggestion, every novice in vending is recommended to start small and simple. As you go along, you will learn more the business like the back of your hand. As it grows, your profits will double up as well. But you have to be patient.