How to Run a Fleet of Hot Dog Carts

Fleet of home made hot dog carts
Hi Steve,

Since I have north of 20 grand to potentially invest should I buy carts and just rent them out? Much rather stay inside if I can. I was pretty “shocked”, I guess you’d say, when I saw how cheap a lot of these carts go for.



Hi Mike,

First let me say that you can get started for about 1/20th of that nut! No matter how much cash you have to start with, I always advocate beginning with one single cart, running it yourself, and working out the kinks.

Once you have a repeatable system for making money, then get a [click to continue…]


Happy Fourth of July Hot Dog Slingers!


Wishing a safe, fun, and if you’ve got your cart out today, a profitable Fourth of July to all of my slingers (and those who want to be).

Our country was built by folks like you. People who got off their butts and made [click to continue…]


Weiners on Water Celebrates 30 Years!

Hot Dog Boat

Weiners on Water

That’s Cap’n Butch on the left, and his First Mate Jim.

30 years ago a man named Butch and his wife Laura bought a pontoon boat and started serving hot dogs to the folks on the Connecticut River in East Haddam CT. They were soon joined by another nautical hot dogger named Jim.

You can find these three salty dogs on Saturdays and Sundays motoring up and down the waterway, providing what has become a meal of legendary status to boaters, jet skier, and all manner of water craft.

We have been lucky enough to be the recipient of the wisdom of Butch’s first mate Jim for many years. Jim is a popular commenter on the blog here at HDP. You’ll surely recognize him because he speaks fluent Pirate. Arrrgh!

Check out this short video of Weiners on Water. What a gig, huh?

However it is with a bit of sadness that I share this next bit of news.

Jim will be retiring at the end of this season. He will be relocating to warmer waters, but he assures me that he will continue to drop by to engage in the conversation here from time to time.

We are very glad for that. Jim is not only entertaining but he has a wealth of slingin’ knowledge that he doesn’t mind sharing.

Congrats, Butch, Jim, and Laura on a 30 year tradition of fun and tasty treats on the water!

Let’s hear it for the crew of Weiners on Water in the comments below!


P.S. If you want to outfit a boat from which to sling your own weiners, I can help. Shoot me an email at and I’ll get you pointed in the right direction.


Scared to Charge a Decent Price For Your Hot Dogs? Let Me Help.

One of the biggest causes of failure in the hot dog biz is not charging enough at your hot dog cart. And the biggest reason for not charging enough is fear. Let’s face it, most newbie slingers are scared to death to charge a fair price for their meals. Their self talk goes something like [...]

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Happy Fathers Day!

Have a relaxing day all you Dads out there! While it’s nice to be the center of attention once a year, I also like to spend some time on Father’s Day reflecting on how I can do my fathering job a little bit better. Because it’s really not about us Dads. It’s about those who [...]

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Add a Roof to Your Hot Dog Cart

Hot Dog Profits Premium member Billy Bell just sent me these pictures of the E-Z Built Hot Dog Cart that he just built by following along with the cart building videos that are included in the membership (there are now over 120 videos in the members area – including a complete set that shows how [...]

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What to Look Out For When Buying a Used Hot Dog Cart

What should you look for when buying a used hot dog cart? Hey Slingers, Have you ever bought a used cart that looked good but turned out to be junk? What happened? What are some obvious things that you should check out before you buy? How about buying a hot dog cart long distance? What [...]

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Keep the Hot Dog Cart Nostalgia Factor When Growing Your Business

One of the biggest advantages you have with your hot dog cart is the nostalgia factor. People love the whole idea of a hot dog cart. That nostalgia factor is responsible for a good percentage of your sales. So what’s a slinger to do when you graduate to a concessions trailer? How do you keep [...]

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Are Your Hot Dogs Falling Apart? Try This…

Hot Dogs Falling Apart? Maybe You’re Going Too Cheap. If my Bar-S Jumbo Dogs stay in the water too long, they fall apart. What is a better Jumbo Dog? My wife and I are really new to the business. – Dave B. Hot Dog Profits Premium Member ****************** Hi Dave, It is tempting to increase [...]

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Get Your Kids Involved With Your Hot Dog Cart

Get Your Kids Involved With Your Hot Dog Cart Hey Slingers (and those who want to be)! I just got some totally cool pictures in an email from new HDP Premium Member Mark Johnson. Here is a sneak peak… Mark is starting a hot dog cart and is going to be working with his 9 [...]

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