In Part Four of the How To Start A Hot Dog Business we discuss budgeting and finding a commissary. When you are finished here, you may want to check out some bonus information here: Pro Tips On Record Keeping Best Methods For Keeping Great Records and Why You Should Additional Tips On Finding A Free [...]


Codes say no

How To Start A Hot Dog Cart Business In part three we discuss local codes and what to do when your city says, no.  Keep you head held high.  A city that restricts against vendors is probably violating your Constitutional Rights, specifically the Bill of Rights. Part Three: Local Codes Continued What if they say, [...]


112 – Trying To Do Too Much

vendors trying to do too much

Yes, it’s very real.  Often vendors are found trying to do too much.  They try to carry every condiment on the planet or they attempt having every type of hot dog available.  All in all, trying to do too much costs you time and money. In this episode of Street Food Vendor TV and Hot [...]

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Part Two – Hot Dog Vendor Course A to Z – Free – State Codes – Health Department Codes

Get your health department codes

As promised, the 2nd part of the AtoZ course.  It’s been my most popular course for over 2 years now and it’s your’s for free.  If you are behind, please watch part one here first: In part two we will move forward and learn about state and local codes and discover some about city and [...]

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how to start and run a hot dog business

The A to Z Vendor Success Course is my most comprehensive course ever. Over the years I have learned some amazing things that can help you get started, help you find key locations, help you double your income and help you manage multiple carts. It’s jam packed with over 5 hours of professional vendor information. [...]

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Diane serves customer with her cash cow hot dog cart

With her brand new Cash Cow hot dog cart, Diane serves the standard hot dogs plus some unique menu items.  Diane just started Tuesday and has already sent in some pictures of her first day out.  I can’t think of anything I’d rather be than a Bahama hot dog vendor. Zesty Dogs In Their Own [...]

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Vendor Builds One Sexy Hot Dog Cart – Video

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Eric Johnson is a brand new hot dog vendor who has just built one of the most amazing hot dog carts ever.  Hidden cash drop safe, speakers, lighting, waste water pump, sliding fridge, solar recharging, built in sign holders and banner displays and much more. Eric bought the Do It Yourself course from me a [...]

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Hot Dog Vendor Sells Out In Four Hours – Video

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Emails like this make my freak’n day!  Jake, from Fireman Jake’s Hot Dogs sent me this today and I had to get it up.  Watch the video for more info.  Jake is using a Custom Big Dog Hot Dog Cart from Cart Critiques I’ve done several hot dog vendor setup critiques, but this has [...]

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All About Hot Dogs

Any questions about hot dogs? Learn anything you have ever wanted to know about hot dogs from this infographic by Ben’s Carts.

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111 – Getting Too Big Too Quick – Hot Dog Vendor Questions

growing your hot dog cart business

Why not just get bigger and bigger.  Most entrepreneurs are Type A people.  We want it, we make it happen and we all want more, more more.  But bigger isn’t always better.  Along with growing your business comes more risk.  Tonight we hear from experienced vendors and learn a lot about growing your business.  Getting [...]

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Lighting Up Your Hot Dog Cart

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Over the years I’ve seen some vendors really light up their hot dog cart.  Most of these night vendors are those who work bars, clubs etc… and can use the extra light and attention that colorful LEDs bring. Lights Attract People Ever notice the lights at concerts, dance clubs, special events, ball games, bars etc…? [...]

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Vendor Adds Solar Power To Hot Dog Cart

solar powered hot dog cart

Tony wrote in to share his updates to his Big Dog Cart. Please find attached 2 photos of my Big Dog Cart. All the light in the room is from the umbrella led’s. Also take notice of the 1. solar panel 2. solar panel controller box [front right] 3. speed rail [for various bottles - above the [...]

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Don’t Let Disappointment Stop You

disappointments rewards

The pole was as slick as snot. Greased from top to bottom with this white gooey lard. At the bottom of the pole was a big pile of hay and at the top was a crisp twenty dollar bill. Everyone was lining up to take their one shot at climbing that greasy, greasy pole. My [...]

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Music Makes For Happy Customers

Heal Toe Dosey Doe, Boot Scoot’n boogie was blaring, I was on the interstate, zoned out and singing my ass off. I caught a glimpse of a blueish light in my side mirror and did a double take.   Yup, I was being pulled over.  Crap!  I quickly turned off the radio and made my [...]

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Hot Dog Carts Only – Vendor Setup

fireman jake's hot dog cart logo

Fireman Jake writes in about his recent event.  No food trucks or trailers allowed, hot dog carts only.  I love the swooper flag and if you look close, you’ll see the 2 dog, drink and chips special for $6. Hi Ben, I just thought I would send you a picture of my setup. This was [...]

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Beautiful Hot Dog Cart – This Should Win A Prize!

Hot Dog Cart Custom

I pride myself in having the most successful customers, the most creative vendors and the best people in the world as friends. This is one beautiful hot dog cart!  Gabrielle writes in: Hey Ben, I wanted to thank you for all your help and support getting my hot dog cart rocking and rolling. Your service [...]

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How To Start A Street Food Vendor Business: Part 3

Editor’s Note: This is part three of a three-part installment of a blog series called “How To Start A Street Food Vendor Business.”   STEP SIX: Finding Your Suppliers Depending on your startup budget, you may need to access the local grocery store for your first few days. After that, you may find that Costco, [...]

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How To Start A Street Food Vendor Business: Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a three-part installment of a blog series called “How To Start A Street Food Vendor Business.” STEP THREE: Finding the Right Hot Dog Cart We all want the cart with all the bells and whistles, the best of the best. But even if you can afford the investment, [...]

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Flying Papi's

This is one of those episodes where we received many vendor questions and comments.  It’s a jam-packed show that ran over by almost 30 minutes.  See what you missed… by clicking play above or watching the video below. Questions Or Comments You can leave a question or comment for the show at or you [...]

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How To Start A Street Food Vendor Business: Part 1

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a three-part installment of a blog series called “How To Start A Street Food Vendor Business.” So you want to become a hot dog vendor or a street food vendor?  Well, the economy is ripe for street food vendors of all types.  What once was considered a “last [...]

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