Fall and winter are some of the best times to sell hot dogs from a cart. Hot food simply sells better in December than it does in August.
You can easily add items like hot chocolate, coffee, and cider for another profit center.
Then again, one of the big advantages of running a hot dog cart is the ability to make a year’s worth of money in seven or eight months, then take the rest of the year off. What do you think of that doctors and lawyers?
I’m sure many of you hot dog cart operators in northern climes are thinking about wrapping it up for the year. Most of you in the south probably go all year ’round. Here in the middle states, it’s kind of hit or miss. I’ll sling dogs if it’s particularly nice out, even in January – but for the most part I use the winter to gear up for spring. In other words…
If you are thinking about getting into the hot dog biz, now is the time to get started. It can take longer than anticipated to find a commissary, line up locations to sling at, get or build a cart, etc.
I can show you how to do all that (and a lot more that you haven’t even thought about yet) but if you wait until you get your tax return I guarantee you will miss the a good chunk of next season. By starting now, you will avoid the last minute run around panic and mega-stress that plagues those who wait until spring to start working on their businesses.
Don’t be that guy (or girl)!
Now here is a gal who does it right. My long time friend, Robin D. of Lakeside Lunch in CT. She just closed up and sent me a letter that describes why we all got into this business in the first place. Enjoy the read, and thanks Robin!
Just closed for the season. Columbus day, 2013; my best year yet!
This is the first year I’ve taken credit cards, the first year I put up a Thank you Card for my customers, the first year I’ve done a customer appreciation free lunch drawing. And the first year my customers all wished me a great “time off” and couldn’t wait to see me in the spring.
It was a very pleasant day here with sparkling autumn weather, hundreds of bicyclers, dozens of hikers, leaf peepers and tourists.
The kind of day I dreamed of when I got the idea to sling dogs.
I caught them all this year. Contractors, tourists, cyclists, hikers, fishermen, motorcyclers, boaters and anyone else you can think of who might be doing something in the great outdoors of Litchfield county, CT.
Word has spread and many have told me they either found my website, spotted my umbrellas in a desperate moment of hunger or heard from word of mouth that I had great food and a very friendly atmosphere. People have told me they “feel safe” when I’m here.
They know we’ll watch their cars, hold their keys if they like and send help out if they seem to be gone too long. We give them rides if they’re too tired to finish their walk and will give them a drink if they need it with or without money changing hands.
As an end of season gift, one guy gave me a $10 bill for one hot dog! One contractor begged me to stay longer into the season (but I need a LITTLE time for myself)
In summary, it was my best year yet. I can’t wait till next year!