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Mobile Vending: How To Run A Traveling Food Or Merchandise Concession

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Mobile Vending: How To Run A Traveling Food Or Merchandise Concession

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Aug 25, 2011


The answer to your question is yes; mobile vending is one of the easiest and least expensive businesses to start up. It is not, however, a conventional business. You don't rent space at a mall and open up shop the way most retailers do.

Festival vending requires very specialized strategies and techniques to succeed. There are hurtles you may not have anticipated that can kill your new little enterprise before you even finish one season.

This guide will walk you through every step of the vending business. Whether you're just in the thinking about it stage or already have a booth up and running, you'll find loads of info in these ebook pages to make your business thrive. It's all covered: designing a stand, dealing with government agencies, finding events, choosing products to sell, how to draw customers and how to keep records. Both food and merchandise vending are covered.

Since a picture speaks a thousand words this guide also has plenty of photos, diagrams and other visuals to help you see for yourself why some things work and others don't. Mix your creativity and initiative with the techniques in this book and you're on your way to a nice living through vending.

This business start-up guide is 75 pages in full screen PDF format, which means the photos and diagrams come alive in vivid detail on your computer screen. Also, references to web sites and other resources are in the form of active links so you can click on them right in the text.

What you get: You will be sent an e-mail with the ebook attached as a file with no shipping or handling fees.
About the author: I have started and run three successful businesses over the past twenty years. Of those three businesses, I found Mobile Vending to be the fastest, least expensive and least risky home business to get into. However, I also found it to be the hardest to learn. That's why I decided to come up with this guide to help others skip the hard mistakes I made and jump to a successful vending operation much faster and easier than they would without a guide. If you'd like to see proof of my successful vending business, feel free to look up "Tropic Hut - The Banana Bungalow" on the web.

Thanks for looking and here's hoping I see you and your mobile vending stand at events some day!

Aug 25, 2011

Informazioni sull'autore

My mother was a high school English teacher and my grandfather was the editor of a major newspaper. I was fortunate to grow up in an environment where good use of language and the written word were encouraged.Until recently all my writing experience was copy writing for radio and some TV commercials. I've never really thought of myself as a writer, even though I was the darling of every English teacher I had all through high school and college. Too many people who do think of themselves as writers are just hacks, it seems to me, and I'd prefer not to be lumped among them.I hope my writing appeals to readers who appreciate well written material, but I'd rather not be called a writer. Rather, I like to think of myself as a person lucky enough to have lived a wondrous variety of experiences who sometimes chooses to write about them.

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Mobile Vending - Jarvis Hooten


Mobile Vending – How To Run A Traveling Food Or Merchandise Concession (Version 2 – revised and updated) – By Jarvis Hooten

Copyright © 2020 – Night Owl Ink – All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed without prior permission of the publisher, except for brief quotations embodied in critical

reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.

Night Owl Ink Publishing, 1661 Tonantzin Place, El Paso, TX  79911

ALL INFORMATION IN this book is intended for advisory purposes only. Use of any information is purely the option of the reader. No warranty of results is offered or implied. Starting a home-based business involves risk. Author and publisher of this book are not responsible for any losses incurred by readers.

All images were captured or created by the author and edited by the author.

ISBN, EBook: 978-1-7350426-0-2

ISBN, Paperback Book: 978-1-7350426-1-9

(Library of Congress Control Number: 2020908742)

ISBN, AudioBook: 978-1-7350426-3-3

US Copyright: 1-8814019451


Deciding If This Business Is Right For You

Do What You Love...

ONE OF THE THINGS I like best about the mobile vending business is it allows me to pack my work into several months of the year and then have a few months of the year completely free. Folks who choose mobile vending as their home-owned businesses work extra hard during festival season, then have lots of time off in the fall and winter. Many of us complain about how busy we are during the Christmas season, especially in the retail industry. Wouldn't it be nice not to have any job at all during the whole month of December?

We're going to start with a somewhat philosophical look at owning a business. Every successful venture begins with a successful state of mind, so that's the place to begin this guide. We'll dive into the nuts and bolts of mobile vending shortly.

There's a wonderful old story about a hardware store owner who went to Mexico on vacation. One afternoon he stopped into a small pottery shop, where he found an attractive pot that he thought would look nice in his store back home. He bought the pot for five dollars and packed it away in his suitcase.

Back home in the States, our hardware store owner unpacked his hand made pot and set it on a shelf in his shop, planning to find a plant to put in it the next day. Within hours after opening his store for business, one of his customers noticed the lovely pot and asked about buying it.

Oh, the pot isn't for sale, actually, the shop owner explained. I got that in Mexico as a decoration for the store.

As the day went on more customers asked about buying the pot. The shop owner kept explaining the pot was a decoration and was not for sale. After all, the hardware store owner reasoned to himself, he was not in the pottery business. Finally, one customer came out with an offer that was too good to pass up. It's just what I've been looking for! the customer said. I'll give you fifty dollars for it.

The shop owner realized he had happened onto a hit product. He made another trip to Mexico and returned to the small pottery shop. He told the elderly owner he wanted to buy a hundred more of those pots, perhaps in different sizes and colors, and asked how much the potter would charge.

The old Mexican potter thought for a moment, then said, For that many pots ees twenty dollars each.

Twenty dollars? the shop owner responded in surprise. But that's four times as much as you charged for just one.  He tried to explain to the potter that, in business, the price for an item should go down when sold in large quantities.

Señor, the Mexican potter smiled, One pot, ees fun. One hundred pots, ees work!

This old story has two important lessons. The main lesson is obvious: Anything, even your favorite activity, can become a chore when you have to do it repeatedly. The wise Mexican potter understood crafting one item as a hobby is fun. Crafting a hundred items as your means for income is work.

A person who enjoys gardening might think it's fun to grow five or six tomato plants in their back yard. Growing tomato plants is a whole different thing for a farmer who has five or six hundred acres of them.

Once you go into business doing something, you'll begin doing it because you have to, not just when you want to. Perhaps you love to bake or you're a hobbyist who enjoys woodworking. Will you enjoy baking or crafting the same things over and over, hundreds of times? How will you feel when those items you put your heart and soul into meet the scrutiny of customers?

The old expression Do what you love and the money will follow is true, but it's not the whole story. Yes, of course, you'll be more successful in business or a career if you pursue something you enjoy doing. But when the thing you love to do becomes the thing you do for an income, the thing you love becomes your job. There will be times when you won't love doing it but still have to do it.

Also, when people are paying you to do that thing you love, whether they are your customers or your employer, they get to have a say in how you do it. No one, no matter how glamorous their life may seem or how enjoyable their work may appear, gets to make a living doing only what they love all the time. Even over-paid movie stars have to do things they don't enjoy. There are some elements to every business and every vocation that aren't fun.

Here's the philosophical point: To succeed at running your own business, you need to enjoy the business of being in business first, then choose the kind of business you want to pursue. Your passion for your craft won't carry a business unless you also love marketing, planning, supervising, taking responsibility, and customer service. It also requires gumption and raw nerve to take charge of your income and, for that matter, your life.

The other, less obvious lesson to the story is: Be flexible. You have to sell what customers want to buy, and what they want may surprise you. If your ideas of fantastic, fun products don't sell, and customers repeatedly ask for something else, be prepared to sell something else or go out of business.

A chef from Norway might make the best lutefisk in all of Scandinavia. But he'd have a hard time selling it at a Cinco De Mayo festival in Arizona.

If you're reading this and are excited about starting your own business – because you'd love to work your own business, not because you think it would be fun to do your craft all day – then you have the right personality to succeed. This is true for any business you may want to pursue. Now let's look specifically at what you may like or dislike about the mobile vending business.

Mobile Vendors Have To Be, You Know, Mobile!

THE FACTORS THAT MAKE mobile vending fun to some are the same factors that make it miserable to others. Topping that list is the very nature of being mobile. Traveling vendors have to construct their shops for each event, then destruct their shops at the end of each event. They often have to stay in hotels or RVs. Every event has a different environment, different hours and different people to adjust to.

Some folks need consistency in their lives. They want to go to work at the same time and same place every day. I'm not going to say setting up my stand and taking it down are my favorite tasks. (Here's proof that no one gets to do only what they love all the time.) But traveling and being in different environments for each event are among the things I like most about mobile vending. Being a mobile vendor also means going where the people are, which usually means going to fairs and festivals. If you live in central Montana or northern Maine, your travel expenses to festivals will be so high your opportunities will be limited.

Having your home in a remote part of the country does not mean mobile vending is completely unworkable. You could set up shop at parks on weekends where hundreds of kids play soccer and bring along their soccer parents. Some mobile vendors enjoy surprising success setting up in shopping center parking lots, and, of course, there are those familiar sandwich wagons that visit construction sites every day.

So you don't have to go to fairs and festivals to make money, but fairs and festivals are usually where the money is made in mobile vending. A park with hundreds of soccer kids

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