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I hope you are all happy and well. I’ve been meaning to post for ages but I’m just exhausted most of the time.
I started trading full-time again this week. It was impossible without a car and rentals would have been too much and don’t have tow-bars anyway. I took last week to find a car, buy it and get a tow-bar fitted. I also decided to extend my menu a bit – adding chilli dogs and some other toppings and trying to charge for the sauteed onions and the sweet peppers and onions (50p) I keep on forgetting to charge though! I also added some lights to my cart as well as an LED headband, because the nights are drawing in. I must say, I think, it looks really cool!
The week started off slow and I was a little worried that it wouldn’t pick up like before, but the last couple of days I’ve been around £150 a day again. The problem is that I have no accounting or book-keeping procedure, I’ve always been terribly vague and remiss re. money and receipts etc. I realise I have no real idea how much I’m making. My sausages come in irregular sizes (I buy them in packages with different numbers and of different weights).
When I count the takings I have no real idea of how many I sold. The general cost of the frankfurter for the £2 hot dog is 35p and for the £3 Polish it is 66p, but there are so many other things that I have to buy and I’m not sure how to factor it in.
I’m chronically disorganised and I feel sure I’m working much harder than I need to be. It seems to take forever to pack stuff away and I seem to have so many different bags and boxes, many of which I’m sure I have no actual need.
Is anyone else out there badly organised? Things are going well in terms of interest, reaction and regulars but I don’t feel in control at all.
I also feel that I could make a lot more by pushing drinks and chips, but somehow I seem reluctant to do it. I wonder if it is because I fear the extra demands of ordering and stocking and schlepping them properly.
It’s a funny situation, I’m really positive and really enjoying it despite all the tiredness – I just don’t feel like I am anywhere near doing it properly.
I’d love your candid suggestions and observations.
Does anyone want to come over to London and trouble-shoot my operation for a week? I can provide accommodation and board but that’s about it.