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Big Drews BBQ

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  • Joined: 8/1/2012
  • Location: san diego, CA
HELP!!!!! Wed, 08/1/12 11:31 PM (permalink)
I just purchased a new bbq truck in San Diego CA and I'm having trouble finding a places to set up. My over head is killing me. My sales are very low. On a average day I'm making 180 to 200. I have 3 employee's working 7 hours. please give some suggestions.... I keep moving locations to find a hot spot but its not working.   
 
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    Foodbme

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    • Joined: 9/1/2006
    • Location: Gilbert, AZ
    Re:HELP!!!!! Thu, 08/2/12 5:30 AM (permalink)
    20/20 Hindsight:
    You should have done extensive due diligence on locations BEFORE you bought the truck.
     
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      Dr of BBQ

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      • Joined: 10/11/2004
      • Location: Springfield, IL
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      Re:HELP!!!!! Thu, 08/2/12 8:10 AM (permalink)
      If your only doing $200.00 per day you should be able to handle the truck by yourself until the pace picks up. Then bring in help.
       
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        jcheese

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        • Joined: 3/5/2011
        • Location: Fieldale, VA
        Re:HELP!!!!! Thu, 08/2/12 4:40 PM (permalink)
        1. Foodbme is right.
        2.The Doc is right, also. Streamline your operation so only you can operate it.
        3.If you're jumping from spot to spot maybe stay in one place longer so people can find you. Or at least pick maybe 3 or 4 spots and be there on the same day of the week, and let people know that. As one spot gets better, lose the worse one.
        4. Take a least one day a week to scout locations.
        5. Seven hours a day, to me, means you're sitting thru slow times (2:00-5:00)
        6. Think outside the box...how about late nite bar crowd.
        7. Hit events and festivals.
        8. How's your Social Networking? Are you letting people know where you are?
        9. Is your food any good....are people coming back?
        10. Welcome to RoadFood !!
         
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          CCinNJ

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          • Joined: 7/24/2008
          • Location: Bayonne, NJ
          Re:HELP!!!!! Thu, 08/2/12 7:45 PM (permalink)
          Did you have a BBQ business before you had a BBQ truck?

          Are the employees family members?
           
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            roadkillgrill

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            • Joined: 8/1/2009
            • Location: Helena, AR
            Re:HELP!!!!! Thu, 08/2/12 10:59 PM (permalink)
            Bravo!!! You can tell there's a few people been in the biz for awhile...
             
            The only thing I can add is signage. I use 3'x16' coroplast painted with blackboard paint attached to each side of the truck. Colorful sidewalk chalk. Try for no more than 3 lines. They can ready it a block away. Then PRAY for no rain and I have to rewrite it. But if it does rain I'm gone anyway.

            This biz is NOT a "build it and they will come"... It takes work and planning, and good food helps.. lol 
             
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              calijoeo

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              • Joined: 6/6/2012
              • Location: San Diego, CA
              Re:HELP!!!!! Thu, 08/9/12 6:02 PM (permalink)
              Hey Drew- 
              I am in SD also and just waiting to hear back from the County as to when I can get my inspection for my mobile Shaved Ice truck.  I have been thinking about where I will want to go as well.  Obviously it is hot as hell right now so our choices for setup will be a little different but some that might work for you as well would be the Spring Valley Swap Meet as well as the one in Pt. Loma. They both have big crowds. Football season is about to start up. You could call Centerplate (they are in charge of food at Qualcomm) and see what it takes to set up your truck there before games.  If you go to sdfoodtrucks.com they post where food truck gatherings are each night.  There are large corporate campuses like Ashford/Bridgepoint College where food trucks serve lunch to the thousands that work there.

              Feel free to message me if you want and we can brainstorm other ideas if you want!
               
               
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