Hot Dog Business Startup Cost Spreadsheet
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Learn more about starting a hot dog cart business at FoodTruckEmpire.com.
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Hot Dog Cart Start-up Costs
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Equipment Estimated CostNotes
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Hot Dog Cart + Cooking Equipment $3,000 - $20,000
A hot dog cart will typically cost a few thousand dollars. A larger hot dog trailer that you can step into willl cost more.
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Initial Product Inventory (Hot Dogs, Buns, Condiments)
$300 - $1,000
This will include Hot Dogs, Buns, and any Condiments.
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Permits and Licenses $100 - $500
Varies a lot depending on where you operate.
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Website Free - $2,000
You may not even need one of these. A Facebook page can serve as a simple alternative.
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Facebook / TwitterFree
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Cash Register / POS $200 - $1,000
Can also use an iPad and an app for credit transactions.
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Uniforms / T-Shirts$0 - $1,000
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Paper Products (Plates / Napkins, etc.)
$200 - $300
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Misc. Expenses (Like a Chalk Menu) $500 - $2000
Plan for some unexpected expenses here and put it into the budget.
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Smallwares: Tongs, Spatulas, Spoons, etc.
$100 - $500
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Fire Extinguisher$100 - $300For safety!
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Total Low End$4,500
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Total High End $28,600
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Hot Dog Cart On-Going Costs
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Item Monthly Estimated CostNotes
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Commissary $0
In most locations, you will not need a commissary to operate this business.
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Phone / Internet $50 - $200
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Fuel $0 - 300
This will vary greatly depending on gas prices and how far you plan to travel to vend.
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Labor ???
$10 - $15 per hour is average rate. Or if you plan to operate the cart yourself there is no cost here.
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Repairs / Upgrades$100
Bad things happen sometimes. Best to be prepared for the unexpected.
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Food / Beverage Restock$500 - $2,000
Depends on food cost and frequency of operation. Higher restocking isn't a bad thing. Might just mean you're selling lots of hot dogs each month.
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Paper Product Restock$200 - $500
Depends on food cost and frequency of operation. Higher restocking isn't a bad thing. Might just mean you're selling lots of hot dogs each month.
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Insurance $25 - $100
Can remove insurance in winter if you don't plan to operate.
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Propane$10
At the time of writing, propane is cheap and you can refill a standard size tank for around $20.
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Total Low End$885
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Total High-End End$3,210
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