How to Make Extra Money Selling Hot Dogs

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017
By selling hot dogs, you can make some extra money.

Billions of hot dogs are being consumed each year and you can cash in on some of this money on the weekends and in the evenings. You don't have to quit your regular job to make extra money selling hot dogs, and the initial investment can be less than a $1,000. The key to getting returns on your investment is to know how to sell hot dogs, such as the tips offered here.

Items you will need

  • Hot dog cart
  • Location
  • Hot dogs and supplies
Step 1

One of the first things you'll need is a great location. Choose a location that has traffic so you can make sure there are plenty of customers to buy your wares. Locations near parks, office buildings and construction sites are often some of the best for this type of business.

Step 2

Instead of selling the traditional length hot dogs from your hot dog carts, sell the bun-size hot dogs. You can significantly increase the money you make just going with the slightly larger size but not having to go with the foot-long hot dogs. Bun-size dogs cost less than foot-long dogs, so may be able to increase your profits this way.

Step 3

Perfect your hot dog recipes on your hot dog carts. The more fixings and recipes you have to offer your customers, the more often they'll come back. Not only that, they will let others know about your location.

Step 4

One of the best ways to make extra money selling hot dogs is with the add-ons or extras that you offer to your customers. You can bring in extra money each day by offering drinks, chips and desserts as extras.

Tips

  • Start your hot dog cart business on the weekends. When you have enough saved from selling hot dogs, go ahead and do it full time. Selling hot dogs for extra money can work even in a recession and bad economy.

Warnings

  • Wait to hire employees and get additional hot dog carts until you've been making money selling hot dogs for at least six months. This is not a get-rich quick scheme and requires dedication and work on your part.

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