I live in San Diego County adn have a quick question.
I came from arizona where I had a route of a diferent location each day of the week. It appears that in California they are only allowing me ONE location to be at. Is this normal for a portable hotdog PUSH cart? or am I mssing something.
any advice is helpful…
Thanks so much for advice.
That is what I plan to do learn learn and learn more.
In fact I will not open shop for another year until I am damn sure.
Thanks alot for the advice again..
Thats why I posted and you all are helping!
I am a newbie and this is my first season with a cart.
My cart just got here on Monday and I have not yet worked an event with the cart. (I worked an event with a tent under a restricted concession permit last Saturday)
With that said, you might take my words for granted, but I’ll offer them anyway.
You must relentlessly over prepare before you do something as stupid as go buy a cart. DON’T buy a cart until you are sick of the business. Learn EVERYTHING you can before thing about buying a cart.
Memorize the health code.
Learn ALL the zoning laws.
Learn about the licensing requirements.
DO A BUDGET!!!!
Make a marketing plan. (Mine includes pretty blond girls, too)
Get your carts pluming plan approved before you buy it.
Figure out all your costs to the hundreth of a cent.
Make your only mission to get you cart built to local specs, and approved. That is your struggle. Dream about selling hot dogs on the beach later.
There is CD you can purchase (I did 3 years ago) The Hot Dog Cart Book. The author is Mike Chilton a retired Caifornia cop who operated a cart for several years.
The link to his web site is : http://www.hotdogbook.com/
He condenses a great deal of info in the audio CD.
Then come back here and ask more questions 🙂
I am also new but i can tell you this, People want a CLEAN cart!! I have heard sooo many things about cleanliness and i myself do not want to eat at a dirty cart.
Other then that, i don’t really have anything to say except, Good luck.[:o)]
I have never owned a hot dog cart, however I visited one while on vacation in Florida. This owner had all the right ingredients; blond, blue eyed, and well built. Hey she got my business and plenty of others. Oh, by the way, the dogs weren’t too bad either.
Hi all and thanks for looking.
Im Joe, 36 and live in san Diego, ca. Ive always wanted to start up a hot dog cart…and am now doing it…besides all the obvious "stuff"…(state, health etc.)….
Any advice for a new guy in this biz is welcomed!..I have KILLER, locations picked..on the boardwalk in California etc…HUGE traffic.
I just want to hear from people who have and ARE doing a cart now…what can I take from what you have learned etc…WOW any advice is great.
Thanks for your time and have a great week.
Hot dog cart advice..Newbie here
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