The Internet has become a haven for hacks, scammers and content thieves. I don't mind if somebody uses my stuff, JUST ASK and attribute the content to me!
Look what this dickhead did to my post about becoming a hot dog man. The company is Domains by Proxy according to the Whois site. Apparently the folks at Domains by Proxy host sites that crawl and steal content. Either their bots or their writers don't understand English; the post is an obviously hacked mish mash of my original post here on the Hot Dog Truck (it's also published on Helium and a revised addition appears on How to Start a Hot Dog Business). It looks like something you'd find written in Engrish!
Look at the "profile" of the "Blog Author;" This has to be the lamest avatar I have ever seen. Read some of the crap on "his" page, my five year old can write better than that! What we probably have here is somebody using content generating software and spamming their site with it for SEO visibility. These idiots at Domains by Proxy have 700+ domains and not one original idea, and "they" are crappy writers
Hackers like this who spam the net with their bullshit little sites that have no originality or authority and exist solely to grab some Adsense revenue ought to be outed more often. What an obvious hack job. I wouldn't mind if they reprinted the original article in it's entirety, attributed it to me and gave me a link, but to just copy it and hack it up a bit to make it "their" content is total bullshite. I don't think anyone who is seriously looking for information about starting a Hot Dog Business would take this drivel and spew seriously-if they did they'd be out of business quickly!
Why be a Hot dog man (or woman)? If you're reading this, maybe you're looking for the answer. As someone once said: "Just when you think you have the answers, I change the questions!"
For me, I wanted a low key business that involved lots of interaction with people. I like most people and enjoy chatting about the news of the day, the Red Sox, football, the weather, kids, wives, families etc. I was a commissioned salesperson for 20 years before I started this venture, so I know about people. I just wanted to deal with people straight up, without an angle. I have something they want and I give it to them-SIMPLE. I wanted no more of the stress and high pressure of commissioned sales.
I also wanted to be involved with hot dogs because I like hot dogs and I feel the way I cook and serve my hot dogs is the best way; I have never found a hot dog anywhere that tastes quite like mine. The secret is in the way I cook them (not telling...yet) and serving them on freshly butter grilled buns (Its all about the buns, baby). I figured if I could serve up a consistently good hot dog, I'd do OK.
Which leads me to the final reason I got into the business- MONEY! Cash is KING and you can make a very nice income selling hot dogs. I know I'll never be a Rockefeller from this venture, but I can earn enough and be relaxed and happy and have plenty of time left over for my family, my little league team, my master's degree and now Helium.
The work itself is very uncomplicated. Serve good food and treat people nice. If you do that, the customers keep coming back.
One of the pitfalls of this business is crappy weather (I write this on a night in February and its about 5 degrees outside-it was a cold and lonely day at the hot dog truck). In the winter you'll be cold-like ice fishing without the fish or beer; in the summer you'll be hot-picture a 95 degree day and you're standing next to a grill all day. Every once in a while I also feel that the work is too repetitive-that feeling usually goes away once I get the first customer of the day. Overall, for me, the advantages and lifestyle this business brings outweigh the bad stuff.
What you need to ask yourself is why do YOU want to be in the hot dog biz? If you decide that you want to give it a go, keep reading about how to get going.
I run my business in the same location, Monday through Friday from 10:30-3PM. Other folks will travel to different locations, operate "after the bars close" in hopping nightlife areas while others work large events (fairs, festivals, parades etc.). I have a customer who sells sausages on Friday and Saturday nights in a downtown Worcester, MA area with lots of bars and he also works Downtown Worcester on the 4th of July-he sold 1200 pounds of sausages on 7/4/2006! For the purposes of this article, I'll deal with the "same location" model.
The first thing you need to do is find a good spot. Anywhere there are lots of people is good. If you are in an urban area where parking is limited or you can locate in a park, you may want to consider a hot dog cart. If you're in a suburban setting, look for areas where there is a lot of vehicle traffic and a ready supply of regular hungry customers. Good parking is a must for this type of setup. If you have the space in your spot (and the money) you may want to consider a truck or trailer for your biz. I like having a truck-mine is a "mobile kitchen"-because there is more room, shelter from the elements and a decent amount of food prep and storage space.
If you are going to be on public property, check with the local police department for any restrictions you may face regarding locations or any special site permits you may need. Most municipalities have websites these days and oftentimes that type of information is available there, if not the cops are a good place to start (cops like hot dogs-I have many as regulars).
Locating on private property eliminates the need for site permits, but you'll have to pay rent. This is the arrangement I have. The advantages of my location are plenty of parking, good visibility on a well travelled route, proximity to a large industrial/office park and lots of construction in the area (construction workers like hot dogs too). I also know my location will be plowed on snowy mornings and, since I am in the parking lot of an office building and gas station(with a car wash going in next spring) I know there will always be steady traffic in and out. One other plus is that there are few eating places nearby that don't involve going into a congested secondary highway-folks pop out of the back entrance of the office park to get to my spot. The rent is worth it. If you can find a site with these characteristics-you'd be well advised to snag the location. This will involve some networking and sleuthing on your part.
If you get into this business, you will need to get a permit from your local Board of Health.
Many local Boards require Servesafe certification before they will issue a permit. If they do, you'll need to take the Servesafe exam.
Dealing with the Board of Health really means dealing with the local Health Inspector-he or she is the person who you will deal with. Just like any other occupation, some are nice and some are jerks-I am lucky that my local Health Inspector is a fair and nice man-it doesn't hurt that he likes hot dogs too. Whether the person is nice or not, they are a resource. You can find the local Health Inspector's contact info on any municipalities' website. The best thing to do is call them up and politely engage them in a conversation. Tell them you want to open a hot dog stand, where you were thinking of locating (again if its on public land make sure you've checked out local restrictions and permits, if you're on private property let the inspector know where), let them know you'll be getting your Servesafe and ask them what you need to do. Most inspectors will be straightforward and let you know exactly what you need to do and what type of equipment will meet with local health codes..
Once you've figured out what the Health inspector requires, you can move on to acquiring a hot dog cart, truck or trailer. There are many varieties and manufacturers and prices range from a couple of thousand dollars to over $200,000 for a totally decked out mobile kitchen. You'll need to decide what will suit your site, your tolerance for the elements and your budget. If you're buying new, try to deal with a company geographically nearby-it makes no sense to order a hot dog cart or truck from a company in Sacramento if you live in Philadelphia! There are always good values to be found in used equipment too, try to find someone selling hot dog equipment used and you'll get more bang for your buck.
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Why be) a hot dog Man (or woman? If you read this, maybe you're looking for the answer. As someone once said, "Just when you think that having the answers, I change the questions!"
For me, I wanted a low key business involved, that many of the interactions with people. I like people and enjoy the most about the news of the day chatting, the Red Sox, football, time, children, women, families, etc. I was a commission salesman for 20 years before starting this project,I know people. I wanted to deal with people up, without an angle. I have something they want and I'll give it to them is simple. I wanted nothing more from the stress and high blood pressure commissioned sales.
I also wanted to include hot dogs, hot dogs because I cook and I feel like my hot dogs and serve as the best way I've never found a hot dog that knows much anywhere like mine. The secret lies in the way I do (notTell … yet) and put the butter fresh grilled sandwiches (all on rollers, baby). I thought if I could serve a good hot dog would be constant OK.
This brings me to reason why I came last in the business – money! Cash is king, and dogs can make a nice profit selling hot. I know I will never be a Rockefeller to this effort but I earn enough and be happy and relaxed and have time left for my family, my Little LeagueTeam, helium, and now my master's degree.
The work itself is very simple. Serve good food and nice people to deal with. If you do this, keep customers coming back.
One of the pitfalls of this activity is time to shit (I'm writing this in a February night and its about 5 degrees outside, it was a cold and lonely day in the hot dog truck). In winter you are cold as ice fishing without fish or beer during the summer of 1995 will be a hot-imageGraduation day and you stand next to a barbecue all day. Occasionally I get the feeling that the job of being repetitive, this feeling usually goes away when I first customer of the day. for me the benefits and lifestyle of this port exceed a total bad.
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