I've been pricing food stands or 'hot dog stands'...which can be quite hefty in price...from $600-$10,000 dollars...
But to me, it's personality that sells, and not so much the hardware...if you have an inviting, warm, friendly, personality...that's what will sell your product...
As such...does one really need an expensive new food cart, if they have a flat personality?
Why not start with a Home Depot or Lowes's purchased B-B stand...and see what you can do with that, before investing in much more expensive hot dog cart...
Why not first start with a $200-$600 grill...and see if you have the personality to sell burgers, dogs, chili, pies, cookies, and whatever else you can cook, chicken, steak, potato salad ect...to people before and after games, before investing in real expensive stuff.
Again, personality and flair is what sells, is what people buy from...if your personality is good, the food is good, if personality is cold and dry, people will relate to food as the same...
Food stands, Hot dog stands...don't laugh...some can make $100-$400 a day or more...depending on area.
But here's the thing, many people may beautiful, but not everyone has a beautiful personality, and in order to sell dogs, or food, on the streets, you have to convince customers to spend their hard earned money on your food.
That requires a personality.
For instance...if I walk past your hot dog stand, if you say 'hello' to me...I'm 50% more likely to by from you...but if you ignore me, as I walk by, as if I'm broke, and not worthy of your business...forget about it.
Small business live or die by the repore they establish with customers...and it takes personality to do that.
People, even people who are poor, are more likely to buy from you if they think you like them and know them by their name...
The nicer you are, the better your dogs will taste to customers...
And the more you listen to them, show an interest in their life, the more they'll look forward to returning.
Bottom line, you have to like people, and be neutral, if you're going to be a successful street vendor...
People can read you, just like you can read them.
And there should be something unique about you, that no other vender has...costume, certain music, a pet, something that makes your area stand out...
To be continued...
Last Edit: Mar 25, 2014 14:29:33 GMT -5 by X factor
Today I was downtown and decided to buy a hot dog from a small hot dog vender who had a hot dog cart similar to this one...
I gave this guy service but must say, other than low price, I grade them, their food a 'D'.
1. For one, dude was busy talking with friend, waited till last minute to get up, stand up, instead of enthusiastically greeting me as I approached, strike 1.
2. Even while there, his friend continued talking 'street nonsense' as if I wouldn't mind, very unprofessional.
3. The only extras he had for dog were mustard, Ketchup and relish...that's it.
4. Hot dog wasn't barely warm, most people, including me, like dogs that are hot off grill or pot.
It was basically a poorly ran stand, yet it was in a prime hot spot to do sales, right across from bus station.
The guy working the stand, not sure if they owned it or were working for owner, was 27 something year old urban black dude, who looked like he could just as well been working at a labor ready day labor type job with shovel in hand.
Like I wrote above, there's a lot more to selling dogs, food, than just standing, sitting there waiting for someone to walk up.
Now their prices were low, dog only cost $1.00, so did chips, that's the only good thing.
But it was a basic dog, you can by better fancier dogs at the grocery store with more taste than his had.
I'll never buy from him again, but will explore other stands, and maybe even create real live news journal and rate each one on their service...
In fact, weather permitting tomorrow, I just may do that. Take photo of person and stand, or just stand, buy 1 dog, rate it, rate service, and then write it up in a journal, print it and hand it out.
I know if I ever bought a hot dog stand, sold consessions, I'd be good at it cause I understand sales, and have personality to go with it.
Many of these hot dog cart types are dry, they just sit there, there's nothing interesting about them, no funny outfit, no music playing that all can enjoy, no humor, nada, yet expect to sell food to strangers, it don't work that way.
Every good restaurant owner knows, whether hot dog stand or lounge, that you build your business through reputation, repeat customers, word of mouth.
This Southern inner city dude knows nothing about hot dogs, nothing about relish, sower croute, chili, onions, ect.
A New York vender would kick his but in taste.
If this hot dog vender represents what would be my competition, I'd do great downtown, as word would spread that not only did my food have flavor, but so do I.