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.