Going from top dog to hot dog

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May 26, 2009 6:35:36 AM PDT
White collar workers, now out of work, are going from top dog to hot dog. They're learning how to sell hot dogs and cash in. A year-round vendor has the potential to be pretty lucrative.

Jack Beller works at one of the largest vendor cart companies in the country, and business is up 25 percent.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, just a three month span, americans eat about 7 billion hot dogs.

Plus, running a cart has its advantages. You can be your own boss and set your own hours, plus and it's an all-cash business with very little overhead.

The average hot dog costs 25 cents. Most vendors sell a hot dog for an average of $2.25. So if you sold 100 hot dogs a day, five days a week, you would clear $58,500 a year.

What about 250 hot dogs a day? That's more than $146,000 a year.

Hot dog carts cost at least $2,000, but you can often find used carts for $600.

To set up shop, vendors typically need to secure state, county and city business licenses, and sometimes rental space. That can be costly, especially in New York City.

But consider this. About 450 hot dogs are consumed every second of every day in the United States.


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