I think this may be my first post since my lurking began back in April. I'll try to be coherent,
1. You mentiond trying to decide between Wednesday & Thursday. The business will be about the same on either night. The question you need to asnwer, is what are you doing Thursday and Friday afternoons? Working the bar scene 'til closing will flush the next day half down the toilet. Which day can you afford to be a little sloggy on?
2. Yeap to everyone regarding the drinks. I sell maybe 2 sodas and 2 waters per 11:00-3:00 shift.
3. Just because the customers may be tipsy doesn't mean they don't know EXACTLY what they want on a dog. My favorite so far was the guy who bought a bag of chips and insited I pour 'em out and scrund 'em all down on the bun before adding the dog, etc.
4. Up your price at least a dollar per dog! Chances are they'll pay wih a $5 and leave the rest as a tip...And don't worry about "meal deals"...I sell Nathan's 1/8 or $3...2 for $5.00..No one's gonan want chips and a drink special.
4. If you're allowed to use a griddle, keep the onions going, maybe even add some green peppers just for the smell. Smells are especially important at night.
5. The closer to the bar the better. Late night, folks wanna get from the bar to the car as quick as possible. Half a block could make a huge difference...For oner spot, I bought a coupla cheap battery powered lanterns. I dind't need the light, but it helpded the customers to notice me.
6. Breath mints and gum can also bring in a little cash. Buy a package of the mints in rolls and split 'em up and sell for $1(the rolls, not individual mints).
7. Every other person will suggest that you sell something extra...Pretzels, cotton candy, whatever....Smile and then ignore them. It's dogs, dogs and more dogs, and a sausage or two.
8.Make sure the lettering on your signs is LARGE and SIMPLE...It's hard for folks to focus at 1:30 in the morning.
9. Music is helpful. I have my car nearby and crank up the Sirius Radio's "Margaritaville Channel."...But not TOO loud.
10. One nice things is you don't run into too many inspectors at those hours.
11. Jumper cables. Not everyone remembers to turn their lights off by the time they hit the third bar of the evening.
12. Don't get sloppy when handling the money. Keep everything pure and simple for them to follow as you hand out the change so the customer knows you're oding it correctly.
And again, the site can be it or miss. If it's a hit, then you're golden. If if it's a miss, then it's not gonna get much better as you build up a clientell of faithful followers. Some bar crowds eat. Some don't....Oh and keep a couple of large paper shopping bags very handy, better in the bag than projectile vomitting onto your cart.
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