Anyone here a street vendor or own a street vending business?
I seem to start a lot of this career advice threads. I still haven't found my niche. Skip down to the first line in bold if you want to skip my introduction and get to the heart of my questions.
Currently I am pursuing a career in the restaurant industry. I hate offices. I have an idea for a restaurant I'd like to start. What I've come to realize though is that you deal with a lot of bull in the restaurant industry. I'm not talking about the customers either. I'm talking about the employees.
I'm 24 with a college degree and just want to do honest, hands on work and be happy with what I'm doing. I have no experience in the restaurant so I had to start at the bottom as a host and am currently waiting. I work along side 19 year old kids that don't have a clue what the real world is like. The stuff they do at the restaurant would get them fired in no more than 2 days in the real world.
I can't see myself dealing with a lot of the junk these people do. Unfortunately, I see it rubbing off on the managers and sometimes on myself as I'm just trying to fit in and not be the guy with a rod up his butt. If I owned a restaurant it would be employed by people in their mid 20's to 60's who are there to do work first and have fun second. Leaders do work when there is work to be done. (Lions for Lambs quote.)
The people I work with complain about their customers all the time and I can surely see why. They don't provide the service a customer can reasonably expect. So I'm not sure if owning a restaurant is what I want to do if I have to deal with that type of employee constantly. ALSO, I see owning a restaurant as inhibiting because it ties me down to a specific area. I like to travel. I don't own a home and don't see the point in doing so. I own very few things so that I don't go into debt and to make it easy to go in the direction my life goes next.
So I'm considering what it would be like to own my own one man street vending operation. My only responsibility would be to myself, and would have only myself to blame for any failures. Do any of you street vend? Do you own your own? What're the typical costs of entry into the business? How much does one make per week on average and for how many hours of work?
The idea of owning a cart that I tow by bicycle or scooter seems appealing to me. (I could get some training/exercise in as I move around the town) How long is a street vending work day? Can this be a primary source of income or is a second part time job generally required?
If not a street vendor, then the idea of a simple 10-15 person bungalow restaurant by the beach sounds like another viable option. HA.
Anyways, show me what you know.
No one huh?
Well, can you guys at least give me some advice? I've got this idea of starting a healthy street fending operation. It just clicked earlier today on a better idea too. I thought it would be cool to have a remote operated webcam attached to my cart so that friends/family could watch me during the day. (My mom and dad would probably be my biggest fans.)
I then thought, well what about other cyclists/runners? What if I had an online forum associated with the webcam where people could post suggestions on where their team would be riding/running. I could use the forum to get ideas on cyclist hotspots so that I could be like a SAG wagon to hire.
They let me know when and where they'll be. I then bike the cart out to a designated location before they get there. Wait for them to get there and then sell the goods. Bike home. I see it as a win/win as I would be getting paid to cycle, I'd be connecting myself to the cycling world, and everyone else can focus on riding rather than forgetting to bring the right foods.
Focus on the idea right now. I'm researching all the legalities and permits required.
The current list of things I would sell are:
2. Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread with choice of crunchy/creamy peanut butter and perhaps a choice of strawberry/grape/raspberry jelly.
3. Garden salad with choice of lite ranch/italian/vinaigrette.
4. Assorted fruits/veggies such as bananas/apples/oranges/celery
5. Trail mix
6. Non-fat yogurt
You guys have any other healthy suggestions?
Check out these two threads Sammyboy started in Utility Cycling.
The Tea Tricycle is ordered....
The Saga of the Tea Tricycle