About the onions… we cut t ours up ahead of time. I pack them into zip-lock baggies and zipped into another 1 gallon freezer bag to help cut down the onion smell in the fridge. We have been using an inexpensive ($20) Farberware Mandolin (with 4 cutting inserts) from Wal-Mart. When the blade gets dull, we will buy a new one. I use the “thick” julienne blade for onions (I save the “root” ends for personal use… SOUP!) and the “Thick” slicing blade for the Roma tomatoes we use on our sub sandwiches. The small size and no need for power means that we can use it on the cart.
Hey DW, Sorry about your set back, hope things get better soon. I would stay on the bunny slope for now, it’s no time to take on more than you can handle. Do what your doing, do it well…………..Take care…….Bill
Sorry to hear your misfortune. Some ideas:
- [*]Keep doing what you’re doing. If business continues to be good, you’ll build up your cash flow fairly quickly and be able to get a vehicle.[*]As others have suggested, ask friends, family, neighbors, etc to help transport you. [*]Consider renting a vehicle. I know it’s not cheap but it may be offset by increased sales and profits. [*]Have you figured out if you’re making any money after expenses?
Sorry for your misfortunes. Sounds like you got things on the right track. Don’t know if you have craigslist or something like it over there. I would put an ad in and say I need some temporary help. Offer to pay $20 a day (don’t know your currency)
to drive me about maybe 3 times a week. Tell them you will pay at the end of each week. With the economy like it is, a lot of people could use a little extra. I had my car down for two days recently for repairs. Had to have my cart pulled about 15 blocks at 10 in morning and picked up and brought back at 3 in afternoon. Offered $20 for each day. Ran an ad and had 14 responses. A couple said it wasn’t enough, the rest had no problem and about 4 begged me to let them do it. You certainly have to spend every last pence when you do shop. If you find a retired person that you can trust, they might be able to do some of your shopping for you.
As for as the onions & peppers, I would chop up a lot at home and put them in plastic bags. With you grilling them, they should easily keep 3 days if kept cooled.
Good luck and hang in there. If you can keep a shoestring business afloat, it will be good in the long run.
Can’t you rent a car to tow the cart across that pond? Thats what I would do…
WOW, that sucks. Hmm… I don’t know what to say, as I don’t know what the other side of the pond is like in regards to vehicles and your 600 yard march. Do you have any friends or family that could help you out until you get this sorted out?
One thought that crossed my mind, don’t laugh, was a bicycle, but I do not know how far you have to go for supplies. Or, maybe your supplier could deliver to a shop close by if you tell them your “present” circumstance.
I would reach out to your friends, family and your suppliers. I know here in the states, most people will go above and beyond to help out an honest guy with such terrible luck, at least they will in my world.
Hi guys, sorry it’s been so long. I’ve been thinking of you and wondering what choices you’d be making were you me.
Quite a lot has been happening on this side.
A couple of weeks ago I was happy as Larry, I was getting wonderful feedback on my dogs, had loads of regular customers and I was selling out just at my closing time, so I kept increasing my stock levels and it kept selling out anyway!
It was getting better everyday (even rainy ones!) I was taking well over £100 a day and I just knew it was going to keep on increasing. I was looking at how to organise more storage so I didn’t have to drive all the way down to my meat supplier before opening.
THEN on the 29th a tree fell on my car while it was parked outside my house! It was unusable and has now been written off by my insurance – although they haven’t even told me how much I’ll get, let alone when.
I’m gutted. My car was 17 years old a Volvo 850 estate (station wagon) and it never ever, broke down. I had total faith in it. Now I’ll probably get only £500 and I’ll almost certainly not be able to rely on any car I can afford. Credit is out of the question.
I already had a week’s holiday scheduled and just got back this weekend. But now I am realising how hard it will be to run the cart without a car.
My customers were just getting used to be being there regularly and I don’t want to let them down or lose the momentum.
Don’t get me wrong I know I am very fortunate to have any chance of running my cart without a car, but it is going to make everything that much harder and sap the energy I wanted to use to really push on.
I guess I can use the experience to streamline my operation in terms of suppliers and stock and organisation.
I can pull the cart to my location by hand (it is about 600 yards from my lock-up). But I’ll still have to work out where to get water and how to lug it around.
I’ll also need to stop last minute shopping at supermarkets for ketchup or napkins. The trouble is that I won’t have much cash for wholesale quantities either.
I had wanted to start with the chilli and an extended range of toppings this week, but I don’t know if I should risk, it since cash will be so tight for the next while.
Do you guys think I should stick with the basics a while longer and try to get really efficient with the limited menu I have?
£1 herta brand frank – very small.
£2 large high quality natural casing dog
£3 very large polish sausage in a natural casing – my best seller.
I started cooking caramelised onions as well as onions and peppers on my grill-plate and it made an enormous difference to sales.
I had really only just intended to experiment but they went down so well I ended up trying to find time to cut onions and peppers in the very short quiet times. I seemed to spend half my time cooking onions.
I also finding it a little awkward to reach behind me for the bun, slice it and then steam it. I then take the money, give change and then present the customer with the hot dog, normally with sautéed onions, for them to dress with whichever condiments they like.
In the UK people seem to expect cooked onions (about 1 in 2)
I’m not really complaining many have said that the smells are what draw them to me.
Anyway I’ve rambled on long enough.
Any tips you have will be much appreciated.
Feel free to ask any questions.
I am still positive, but this has taken the wind out of my sails a bit.
All the best
Sorry for the long post!!!!
I hear ya DarkWhite. I was building up my business and then got ill. Now I can’t go out and sell until my body starts regulating the medicine. It sucks, but makes me want to do it more. Everything will work out and your customers will understand if something keeps you from setting up. I still have people who are waiting patiently for me to set back up.
And it was all going so well….
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