Now you’re all getting personal. Ain’t we just here to talk about what works, or at least what we think works? Trent you’re probably right, I have no idea how your HD would deal with wild game sausages. Although everything I sell is manufactured in a USDA approved plant, and are all pre-cooked. I am out west. In the hippest cow town this side of Rio Grande. The HD inspectors (which for some reason are some really hot chicks around here) frequently eat at my cart. There is also a good chance Trent makes more at his gig than I do at mine. Although I might be one of the most expensive hot dog guy on the street around here, my food costs are pretty high. And my menu wasn’t always what it is. It evolved. There was plenty of other hot dog guys right next to me and I decided to try something different. So far so good. As for this being frou frou food? Well if you say so. I don’t think buffalo or elk or wild boar or reindeer is all that frou frou myself. Just tasty.
You weren’t getting personal and I wasn’t getting personal until Billy got personal. As you know, any small business owner ain’t gonna take any chit, especially in an online forum. So I apologize if anyone was offended at my response.
If those wild game sausages are pre-cooked, then my HD would not have in issue with them. It’s just that my customers are looking for a good old fashioned hot dog with traditional toppings. (Chili, Cheese, kraut, etc.) While the “wild game” theme is working for you, it wouldn’t work for me. The demographics of our customers are worlds apart. However, the exotic sausages may be an option for a private gig – where a “well to do” person hires me to serve at their party as a novelty. If you don’t mind me asking, where do you obtain your product?
And getting back to the credit card subject, If there was a high percentage of customers asking about accepting cc’s – I would probably look into it. It’s just that most people around here assume that a street cart is not going to have the ability to run credit/debit cards. And if I did, I think that people would use them for their own convenience (even if they had the cash) and it would end up shrinking my bottom line.
My li’l cart is just open for lunch on weekdays. The income from it has exceeded the expectations I set when I got into the biz. In that respect, it is a smashing success. So it really doesn’t matter which operator here is making more money, because that alone does not define success or failure. I know some folks that make a boatload of money but are miserable doing it. I consider myself more successful. Thinking of scoping out another spot and buying another cart next year. Who knows, maybe that full blown trailer isn’t that far off. One thing for sure is that I will not finance the purchase of equipment. My motto is 100% down, no monthly payments!