My 2 cents,
I could not make a living or support a family on my concession trailer, but my tips run around 25 to 50 a day mon thru thur. on fridays my tips run 150 to 300 a day. All the money is turned over into my newest concession trailer a 8 x 20 fter. I use my tip money to buy it and outfit it. It will be up and running Thanksgiving week end. I just installed my serving windows in it. enough about the trailer. My average sale is now 4.50 each. That is what you want. Not a 1.50 for one dog. I now do a Philly steak $4.00. This is what you need to do is have larger priced items. BTW I will be selling my first trailer soon. as is. 3,500 stripped. In PA. 6×15.
Keep this in mind. Your menu says: Chicken Patty sand for 2.50, the customer says "hold the tomato" Do you still charge him 2.50 or deduct 25 cents? Don’t fall into this trap.
The answer is to charge them 2.50 because the sign says Chicken Patty Sand fro 2.50
Now back to original thread. I started out as a Hot Dog Trailer and soon realized not everybody would settle for a dog, "I want a burger" I fought them at first. I now sell just as many burgers as Hot Dogs. Next they said " i want Fries" I now do fries.
Lets review. A hamburger – 2.50 A small fries 1.50 a can soda 75
This is 4.75 each sale. Give them what they want. Make them their way and charge them all the extras. How about bacon on that burger. add 50 cents for a long strip cut in half, how about cheese? 25 cents
How about double cheese and double burger. 3.25
This is why my sales are High. Give them what they want. Mine is a one man operation. I sometimes am working on 4 customers at a time.
Today I was making 3 cheese steaks and 2 lg fries and 4 chilli ch dogs on 2 diff customers and sold 3 other single dogs, all in 5 minutes. About 25.00 worth w/sodas too.
But all this means nothing without the proper location. I feel I have the Dynamite one, after 3 other tries.
Later Cowboy Bob in PA
PS not bad for a senior sit. It keeps me young.