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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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 [...]


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 BensCarts.com. 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

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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

hot dog cart from http://benscarts.com/build-a-cart/ with led lighting

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

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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 www.learnhotdogs.com/feedback 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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Hot Dog Vendor Life vs Office Life By Ben’s Carts

When you’re ready for a career change, taking a path a little less traveled may bring to you the lifestyle and freedom you crave.  

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Overcoming the Street Food Vendor Stigma

The first day at my cart,  I was nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.  After years of being somewhat of a celebrity in my hometown and attending all the big-wig functions, I was about to stand before my peers, bankrupt and serving hot dogs on the side of the [...]

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109 – Get Found – Get New Customers


Our special guest tonight was Eric Weiner (yes, real last name).  He’s the co-owner of FoodTrucksIn.com – a website that will help you get more customers.  Best of all, it’s FREE! Learn more by listening above or watching below. Once A Month After much deliberation, I’ve decided to spend more time on the blog and [...]

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Report – Street Food Safer Than Restaurants

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The Institute for Justice analyzed years of food-safety inspections from seven major American cities, and in every one, food trucks and food carts did as well as or even better than their brick and mortar restaurants. The Report – Street Food Safer Than Restaurants It goes that if a food-service establishment is more clean, they [...]

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108 – Small Catering Jobs – Are They Worth It?

Love Hot Dog Company - hot dog vendor

Tonight we discussed catering.  You know those small jobs – are they worth it?  How do you price them?  At what point is a catering job too small.  We will discuss setting minimum rates so that you never have to make the decision. We’ve discussed catering on multiple shows so below I’ve included a couple [...]

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