When I open in a few weeks, if I do 70 in sales a day I will be ecstatic. I planned on breaking even and not turning a profit for a couple weeks in my location. How much are you selling your products for?
Basic Hot dog menu, basic sales, getting the business started and on it’s way, nothing wrong with that. $70 in sales at 30% food cost $49 profit, it’s better than a kick in the pants. Adding a Sausage could be a good idea, does Italian or German go in your area ???? It takes time to build a business, soon you will be asking how much IBM stock to buy with your Profits……………Good luck……..BillyB
The trick is be there “Everyday” (mon – fri.) Same time. Always be wiping down yer cart when not serving. Wave, say hi to everyone. Wear at least 1 glove. BE THERE BE THERE BE THERE. It took me more than 2 months to get busy everyday. But almost all my customers said “Hey we seen you here everyday and thought we’de try it out, and we’re glad we did. ” Then I humbley said well thanx so very much, will you please tell someone else. They did. And then passers by see you busy and………… Well I had to triple my inventory. Work 4 – 5 hrs a day 5 days a week and do better than any job I had as a 9 to 5er. Stay at it baby. You’ll get there.
I also think your menu sounds good to start….and I second that two days is hard to judge. If you get enough requests for the fancy dogs over a period of time you might be able to to move them.
Based solely on my own experience, $70 for first or second day sales sounds promising. If you can average that for two weeks you should be able to double it in a few weeks. There are a TON of great marketing ideas running around this forum.
Time! folks need to realize that not only are you there, but you will be there everyday. Too bad about the hinge. Just remember… “stuff” happens. A polish sausage should be able to be added to your hot dogs. But I would wait a week. Get your timing down on the dogs then add the sausage. Add to your menu slowly. Put one thing on, see how it goes (how do customers react to it, what problems do you have with the prep). Our menu changes all the time. We keep what works and dump what doesn’t.
Ok guys I’ve made it to the hot dog biz!!! With that said… I’ve gone out twice so far and both times I barely broke 70 in sales ( from 11 to 5). I’m in a busy part of downtown here in Ann arbor. Last night coming home the hinge to the my carts storage busted on the expressway. I made more hotdogs on the freeway than I did downtown… :-/. Needless to say I’m discouraged but believe me when I say I’m in it to win it gentlemen! My menu is as follows:
Condiments: (ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, sourkrout, pickles, jalepenos.)
I’ve turned down customers who wanted polish sausage, veggie dogs and people have even tried handing me debit cards. (that’s coming soon but Square hasn’t shipped my reader yet.)
Just looking for advice guys. Do i get a new location, do i expand my menu?…any input
3 dollars for nathans! I’m moving to Michigan. Where i’ll be selling, my competition sells for 1.25. Which means i’ll be making roughly .60 per dog.
Are there other vendors in the city selling the dogs for 3 dollars?
Thanks for all the input guys! You’ve definitely reassured me.
I sell my dogs for $3.00.
They are long nathans all-beef in a long bun.
Would you guys stay open all winter? I sell in ann arbor, mi and it get pretty chilly! But I hear there is still foot traffic downtown.
Somewhat distraught… Advice please
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