Expanding Your Hot Dog Vending Business

How do I handle hiring help, how do I run multiple hot dog carts?  If you are operating a successful hot dog vending business, it may be time to expand.  You may have a great location that produces a fantastic income and want to hire someone to operate the cart for you on certain days.  You know, for a much needed break or so you can pursue other locations.

Expanding your hot dog vending business.

There are several reasons why you may want to or need to expand and hire others.  

  • You want someone to run your cart on certain days
  • You have found another great location
  • You have purchased another cart
  • You want to expand to a multi-cart operation

Do you get an FEIN (Federal Employer ID Number) and have employees, workman’s comp. insurance and do their tax deductions?

Do you hire them as sub-contractor?

Do you simply lease them the cart and possibly a location?   And if you go this route, do you provide everything; location, licensing, insurance, product, etc…?  Or do you simply provide a cart and location?  This opens more questions; how do you protect yourself if they take the cart and never return, how do you make sure they are operating professionally, how do you know if they are stealing and the list goes on and on and on.

This week on Hot Dog Vendor Radio, we will cover these options and answer all your questions.  Click Here for show info.

If you do decide to lease, I have a great lease agreement that will help you protect yourself and lay out all the terms and conditions for your lessee.  It can be found here.

Edited:  Talk about technical difficulties.  Holy heck – we had them last night.  Thankfully Jason and Rob were able to carry on the show.  I lost power and then lost signal about 30 minutes later.  This shut me down and I couldn’t get back in at all.

The show made it though and if you are looking at expanding to multiple carts or hiring some help, this will be a show you want to listen to.

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Joe June 25, 2012

I look forward to listening. Just started using a cart I purchased two summers ago. I need to review that part of Ben’s book.


Josh June 25, 2012

its a great book!


BigRoscoe June 25, 2012

Can not wait for this weeks episode!


bhing June 25, 2012

I am definitely listening to this!


John Armstrong June 26, 2012

I really want to do this full time so tonights show will help.


Tom Lee June 26, 2012

Excellent info., TY


Bravo Dawgs June 26, 2012

Anyone purchase an umbrella?


Darren Culbertson June 26, 2012

Really looking fwd to this show as I am thinking seriosly of getting another cart, but nervous and alitle scared. This shall be a good show I will be listening from my phone as I will be working tonight


Josh June 26, 2012

is the show on tonight?


Jess Hopkins June 26, 2012

I am going ot enjoy the show


Ed Jones June 26, 2012

The Show is always full of great Info…


Dennis Figueroa June 26, 2012

THis might help some folks expand the reach of thier business and help make them more profitable


Bravo Dawgs June 27, 2012

Missed the show, but glad it’s archived!!!!


Eltz Hot Dogz June 28, 2012



Bravo Dawgs June 28, 2012

Suppose to be some great tips!!!


O'Doggy's July 1, 2012

Same here Bravo… All of the archived shows are a great resource.


BigRoscoe June 28, 2012

I Have to say Ben Rob Jason you guys crack me up at work. I listen daily and all you guys are awesome!


Mike James June 29, 2012

Always great info on these shows.


Jess Hopkins June 30, 2012



Eltz Hot Dogz June 30, 2012
John Armstrong June 30, 2012

The humor on this shows leaves me on the floor sometimes.


Joe June 30, 2012

had a terrible store here in WV last evening, with lots of trees down and power outages everywhere Went to our regular gig at the flea market thinking no one would come sold out of 174 dogs chips sodas and water. We apparently were the only place to buy food today in our town.


dennis Figueroa July 4, 2012

Joe, if you can swing it, try to set up in a major “out of power area” and donate a 100 dogs…..yes it eats into you magin a bit but if you can find a local print or tv reporter willing to cover it …the regular sales will skyrocket as long as you make sure they know your regular location


bhing June 30, 2012

finding good people to work your extra cart is going to be more of a headache than making the money you wish for.


Joe July 2, 2012

Working in the office today. Miss standing out in 92 degree weather over a steam table. :-(


Robb Harper July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!!!!!


Jess Hopkins July 5, 2012

happy 4th


Jim July 6, 2012

Love all the great info you share with us.


O'Doggy's July 8, 2012

It’s a scary thought… expanding, but with you willing to share advice, it makes it easier to accomplish if the day should present itself. Thanks.


Robert Burns July 13, 2012

In the past I have used several different brands of “Temporary Hiring Services” for people for various projects. It almost never worked out good for me. Mostly very low quality people who do not want to work but are forced to take jobs by their wives, parents or parole officers. You will find some good people in the mix but for this industry I would stay away from the agencies.


Calvin Babb July 22, 2012

I got my fein before i even went very far in the process of starting my cart business.


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