Oscar Mayer Truck Driver holds up Ben's Course Book

 We broadcast live at StreetFoodVendor.tv and via our Google Events page every first Sunday of the month at 9PM EST.  Join us for the next one with your questions, comments or share a tip or two. Snow at ski slopes drive people away New vendor for the 2nd time around Silent Partners SCORE – service [...]


hot dog vendor mistakes

Oh…you’re gonna screw up But no one will know – more than likely.  This is part 3 of the top 40 hot dog vendor questions I get asked.  If you’ve ever feared messing up – watch this and fear no more.  Welcome to the club.  We all do it and some of us in big, [...]


117 – BBQ From A Hot Dog Cart

Hot Dog Vendor Video Winter

BBQ From A Hot Dog Cart That was just one of the questions we covered in this episode.  Although the phones weren’t ringing off the hook due to the Super Bowl, I had several questions come in via email for the show. City only gives temp vending permits HD says I can NOT use a [...]

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Vendor Films His Hot Dog Cart Inspection – Video

hot dog cart inspection

Thanks to Eric Johnson we have a video of a real health department inspection of a hot dog cart.  This was supposed to be up months ago and tonight someone emailed me about it and after searching and searching – I found it! I’ve covered Eric’s build with his son and the final tour after [...]

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Which Ketchup Should I Use?

top 40 quesitons from hot dog vendors

Part 2 of the Top 40 Questions From New Hot Dog Vendors    

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Future Hot Dog Vendor Does His Homework

Vendor learns all he can first.

Hi Ben! My name is Devon Crocker. I’m the owner of Devon’s Weenie Wagon, a hotdog cart that will be starting up in Winterport, ME this Spring. I just wanted to take the time to thank you for writing such an informative and inspirational book. I have read it a total of 3 times, front to back, [...]

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Hot Dog Vendor Celebrates First Year Anniversary


Gabriel Woodhead is due some congratulations.  He’s celebrating his first year anniversary and I must say, it’s rare I get such beautiful displays of hot dogs that vendors serve.  These are beautiful and made my mouth water just looking at them. Congratulations Gabriel! (click for larger images)

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New Video – Hot Dog Vendor Questions – Answered

how many hot dogs

Last week I covered a very common question: Which hot dog cart should I buy?  This week I am taking on the number one question that first time vendors ask me. How Many Hot Dogs Should I Take? I’m starting a series of videos answering the most asked questions I get asked daily and will [...]

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Catering With Your Hot Dog Cart

catering with a hot dog cart

Over the last 24 months I have watched hot dog vendors explode their businesses.  Many vendors are making over $100,000 annually catering with their hot dog carts.  Catering with your hot dog cart may be the difference between $60k and $109K this year. Why So Much Success? Hot dog vendors forever have wanted and wished [...]

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How Long Will A Propane Tank Last On A Hot Dog Cart?

propane tank use on a hot dog cart

Using a crystal ball and the foot bones from two unicorns you can easily figure out how much propane you’ll use on a daily basis from your hot dog cart.  I get this question frequently and it’s why I included the answer and my averages in my free training videos for vendors, but I figured [...]

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115 Hot Dog Vendor Success 2015

love hot dog co.

Jason Brown and Michael Wood joined us live for discussions on how we can make 2015 more successful.  Unlike many business opportunities, hot dog vending is hugely successful for many.  It’s been the answer to thousands struggling to find a real steady income. Many vendors make $100,000. annually and more.  It’s not rare and it’s [...]

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Hot Dog Carts On Sale Now

hot dog carts for sale

Hot Dog Cart Clearance Just like last year, we have an overage of carts.  We must move all remaining 2014 stock.  This means fantastic, below wholesale pricing to you.  Our three most popular hot dog carts are on sale now.  The Cash Cow, The Big Dog and the King Kiosk are at the lowest prices [...]

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114 – Professional Vendors Give Advice To Those Considering Vending

Hot Dog Vendor

Last night we were joined by several professional vendors.  Cory Lawrence of O’Doggy’s Hot Dogs, Michael Wood of Duggs Doggs, Randy from TN and Jimmy from Jimmy’s Hot Dogs.  Vendors also submitted photos to share which you’ll find below. Professional Vendors Give Advice Nowhere on the planet can you be connected to more pro hot [...]

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Working Events – Hot Dog Vendor Training – VIDEO


 In my attempts to consolidate information for you, I’ve created a new video.  It’s all about working events.  It covers everything from creating your own events to how to prepare, what questions to ask and how best to limit your risks.  You will also learn what questions you should ask before working events. Some of [...]

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Part 11 – A to Z – Vendor Plan Review – Course Notes

A to Z - Vendor Plan Review - Course Notes

In Part 11 I take questions from vendors who participated live.  We cover plan reviews and below you will find the course notes. Part 11: Q & A (part one) Part 11 Q & A One of the questions I got, I will put it over here and I hope you can see that is [...]

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Part 10 – Hot Dog Vendor Course – Cart Operations

hot dog cart operations

In Part 10 of the A to Z hot dog vendor course we cover hot dog cart operations, we discuss branching out and more.  This section you’ll learn how to avoid some mistakes overzealous vendors make. Part 10: Operations Branching Out Part 10 Operations Operations, in the operations there is, as far as your food [...]

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Part 9 A to Z – Locations – Hot Dog Vendor Locations

best hot dog vendor locations

Probably the most requested part of this course, locations.  In this episode we will find out the tried and true locations vendors worldwide use to achieve success, plus we will discuss those special locations that the average vendor never considers.  Most successful vendors, contrary to public opinion – are NOT working some street corner. Not [...]

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113 – Street Food In Widget – Ice Packs – Signs


Hot Dog Vendor Help It’s felt like a month since we all were together.  :)  Eric with StreetFoodIn.com joined us with some updates on how you can get noticed easier and how your customers can find you faster.  Jason Brown of Love Hot Dog Company is selling the successful Ice Cream Bike business in hopes [...]

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Proud Grandpa Decorates Hot Dog Cart With Grandchildren

vendor has pictures of grandchildren on cart

He’s been vending for about 4 months now.  Proud Grandpa puts pictures of his grandchildren on his new Big Dog hot dog cart and customers “love it”. Ben here is a picture of my cart since I got my decals of my grandchildren on it everyone is loving it Thanks for everything Marty

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Part 8 A to Z Hot Dog Vendor Training – Setting Up Your Legal Business Identity

setting up hot dog business identity

Need help setting up your legal business identity? In part 8 we will discuss sole proprietorships, corporate identities like INC and LLCs.  I will give my personal opinions as I am not an accountant or tax adviser but you will learn some of the benefits from each. Part 8: Getting legal Menu pricing Part 8 [...]

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