Hot Dog Carts and Charitable Events – How Much to Donate?

Steve, What is the right percentage to give to a school or community organization? I have done some different things but have a huge opportunity and I want to be fair and make money. I have been doing 20% off the top for a couple of organizations but this one could be 500 plus on [...]

How to Sell Coffee on a Hot Dog Cart

The weather is getting cooler in some parts of the country. How about adding another very profitable product to your hot dog cart? COFFEE! Hot drinks sell like hot cakes when the temps drop. Be ready to profit by reading (or re-reading) our guide to selling coffee and hot drinks on a cart. Be sure to [...]

Convenience Store Steamers on a Hot Dog Cart?

Why don't we use roller grills and convenience store style steamers? Russ asked, so here is my opinion. I would love to hear yours in the comments! Hi Steve, Thank you for your great information as I move forward in planning a hot dog concession trailer. I constantly refer to your aids in educating myself. [...]

Hot Dog Carts Needed. Two 3 Hour Days. Pays $700 Net.

Who wants $700 for six hours of fun (I mean work)? I need several Hot Dog Cart vendors to work two day gigs. You will give away 600 to 700 Hot Dogs each day, ketchup and mustard ONLY. The promoter will reimburse you up front for all product costs and pay you $700 for your time. [...]

Hot Dog Cart Business Tips – How to Compete With a Price Cutter

Hi Steve, I am having a dilemma and need your advice. My husband and I have a hot dog cart for last 3 years. We tried few different locations & decided on one. We’ve been here for the last 2 and half years. We live in a small town (under 3,000 pop). This spring a [...]

Who Wants to Ride the Hot Dog Express? It’s For Sale…

Hot dogs are part of the American Experience. So are steam trains. What do you get when you put these two icons together? You get The Hot Dog Express! Riding the Rails to Food Vending Success. The Hot Dog Express is a fully enclosed concession trailer built to look like an old fashioned steam locomotive. Cheryl Markwell [...]

How can a donut help you sell more hot dogs?

Hi Steve, I live in a very small rural area. Our McDonald's is in a gas station. We have one grocery store, Piggly Wiggly. I have owned a restaurant for many years, but our library needed to expand and had to take my building to do so. Now, I am building a small food truck. [...]

Big Gig in Montreal for First Timer

Hello Steve & fellow readers! I have found the best advice in the article and comments here, you guys are AWESOME! I’m from Canada (Montreal) where I operate a store front. I will attend a local festival next week that attracts over 200 000 people each year. It’s in its 4th year running. I sell [...]

Wheelchair Hot Dog Cart? Heck Yes!

  This question really resonated with me because a good friend of mine has spent the last 20 years in a wheelchair after an ATV crash. He didn't let it stop him and he is now a financial advisor and a professor of economics. I don't even notice his wheelchair anymore but I can understand [...]