Hello all, thanks for all the advice and let me tell you how it has been. March--nearly 700$ of start-up expenses with tax letters, food product, insurance forms not faxed, numerous trips downtown to get the stuff right, very little helpful responses about any league or tournament play and bad weather, and the feeling like I might push the cart off a cliff, and $50 of sales for one cold night.
And then came April 1st. I was informed of a tournament. I drove up at 8:00 a.m. and saw 10 and 11 year olds playing baseball with all their family members 20 teams, 15 players a team average, and 2 or three minimum family members for each player, all day long on a sunny warm day and absolutely no one to buy drinks candy food from other than me. After several trips back to Sam's that day and my wife and pushing my new son in the stroller with 4 cases of Gatorade attached, me and my "crew" made it through. I had my highest one day sales and I realized some windows of opporunity
I know some of you cart people here I know can relate to the satisfaction, of how it is when you think, dream, breathe, and work so hard and get nothing except propane expense and a belly full of dogs, then it comes together. I have things set up nice in my little shack and its organized, I can work the cart and shack at the same time alone, pretty much, though I have had someone ther during most of the day. Lol, I realized, if the line is real long, no one is goin anywhere so the threat of losing customers is not the same as if they are downtown or at a home depot.
The second tournament I sold my signature Giant Brats, which looked great on my little Weber Q 300, I smoked some pork butt and made burritos and BBQ sandwiches SUPER EASY! I sold the cheapest dogs with the cheapest buns for two bucks a pop. My father-in-law sold shaved ice from his new $1200 toy (though I didnt include those in MY sales)I did not sell pickle juice. I was able to beat my sales with 3 hours of outside labor on a tournament half the size of the previous weeks'.
I knew this business would work, and now not EVERYONE will roll their eyes at me when I talk about my new business. Oh by the way, I sealed up a deal for a 4th of July festival that attracts 15,000 people. I am the only food vendor except for a kettle corn stand. Thanks for the good wishes! By the way Cowboy Bob, in regards to your recent location troubles I say this, "Doesn't it have wheels?". You should know by now any gold mine is temporary in this business.