Richard, I agree! Here I am with two – not one – two Masters degrees and all I really want to do is be my own boss and run a HD cart! Go figure. By the Tampaconc. I suggest if you don’t buy a cart off someone here take a look at IslandTime.com talk to John there and tell him waht you want. They make good, sturdy carts.
Actually reading this persons post, its not that far off from the first question people ask going into business for them self. What you are paid by others is built into this countries job market. Min. Wage $6.50/hr. (I think). There are ref books on what professions make (special MDs 1 mill plus per year), work for a company and everyone will want to know if someone else doing their job is getting the same pay. Having been on other boards like this, this question comes up often. Kinda goes like this: I’m tired of working for others, I’m tired of making poor pay while the owner does nothing I’m working my tail off! I want to start my own business and have never done it. How much do I charge and how much do I make? With the Internet and boards like this, there are going to be many people looking for a better life and looking to see if the grass is greener on the other side.
I do find there are owners here that have done well and are kind enough to mentor and give basic advise. Especially about the unseen problems that go with running a business. As people search, question, research, there may be others that go into the food industry on their own. Maybe in the future when they are doing well they will remember those that helped them and will be happy to do the same and mentor others. Sometimes (when things aren’t going well that day), I think many people that have done well get caught up in their money and forget to give back and mentor.
These boards are easy and important opportunities to advise. I have had a crazy life and even now, being broke as ***, and disabled, and laughing at years and years and years of college education, it makes me feel good if just one thing I wrote has made someone elses life a little bit better. Best wishes on a future business and keep in mind that the stupidest question is the one you keep to yourself and don’t ask. Knowledge is suppose to be empowering, though at todays college prices, a bit too expensive! [;)]
Can u email me as I would be interested in your setup.
Gene could you please email me? I may be interested in your set up. I buying a Top Dog cart but am looking for a second cart to do special events.
There are pictures of my cart on file here, b uilt in Tampa Bay area, if u find them and like them U can b uy mine Cheeep, going for a Step van
Sorry dude…..my finger don’t move as fast as my brain. Yikes….scarey thought……can I also factor in that it’s late at night?????[:I]
You did again…..it’s "ethical." Just another handy tip from your ole Uncle Kenny.[;)]
sorry I mis-spelled "Ethnical"
So many times I see newbies that want to know how much everybody makes in dollars. Let me ask you this. If you worked in a corporation would you go around asking your fellow workers what they were making per hr/yr? Is that etnical? So why do you think it’s okay to ask it here? For one thing you have to be dedicated. This is a process not a get rich quick scheme. Develope your self and your product.
It’s all in your product and what you can do to satisify your customer. It’s the love of what you do and the satisfation…..the monetary will follow.
Thanks I will listen to all suggestions I apprecieat all the feedback. I didnt mean $50.00 for rent at Home Depot I meant $50.00 for streeteats just for an application and NO promises of anything.I am going to check into this whole onion thing not that I doubt anyone here but it really does seem alittle odd to me.
I think half the problems or most of the problems with codes is everyone has a way of reading them and some read them differently.I am sure what is acceptable to one inspector is wrong to another.
I had built a concession trailer years ago and OMG, by the time i got through all the drawings inspections and going from one dept. to another, I was almost ready to throw the towel in.
Does anyone have a preference on hotdog carts that will last if maintained ??
I have had so many people tell me so many different things about vendors setting up and the BIG $ they are making, but most of this came from cart mfg. so they are just trying to sell their products. But honestly what is a realist dollar amount?
I know there are so many variables to this location,pricing ,quality of product,and how well promoted.If there arehot dog vendors from my area I would love to hear what they have to say as well,I know they really dont want to give alot of advice to a potentional competitior but a fair $ would be apprceiated.
CSD I will take you advice and NOt doing anything until I know for sure.
You are so right CSD. Tampaconc, listen to CSD, he’s the pro. Learn as much as you can about this business. It’s much more than just setting up a cart and having a go at. And $50.00 for rent at Home Depot???? Think higher, much higher. I know the woman that runs the stand at my local Home Depot and she pays close to $700.00 per month not to mention her commissary fee. There are quite a few carts companies in your area and also Orlando. Good Luck, welcome and let us know how you’re doing.
I teach would-be vendors the "Art of the Cart." Lesson one is about permits, licenses, rules, and regulations. Free advice is worth what you pay for it. Mine will be priceless: obey the law. Your competition will be the first to turn you in.
Hello to everyone here,I would like to start out saying what a wonderful site this is.Where people are just starting out can get pro’s advice from people who have been there and done that.I believe I have read every post on here trying to learn as much as I can. That being said here we go my wife has been after me for about three years now to buy a hotdog cart, now she has me talked into it and to be honest I am really excited about this venture.I have been to so may web sites looking at carts and recipes and reading what others have done and so on.Being in Tampa there are quite a few vendors around,I like the Home Depot thing because of traffic, most of them are all taken,that and I can see paying someone fifty bucks to maybe be allowed to set up there.
I have no problem driving around talking to people and finding what i believe will work for me,if it doesnt work then i can move isnt that how we learn from failures and success ?? I havent bough my cart yet i am going to meet with a local company next week that builds them and have it built the way i want it.
I did read the post about it is illegal to cook onions in FL.Not to get off on the wrong foot here,but I am going to do it,i dont think anyone will say anything about it,and if they do well I guess I will deal with it then.
Any recommendations on carts locations,anything at all GREATLY appreciated.
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