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Costs to Consider When Opening a Hot Dog Franchise

  • February 12, 2019

Opening your own business is an exciting prospect, one that takes commitment and hard work. It also requires capital, and figuring out exactly how much money you’ll need to get going is important because if you don’t budget correctly, you won’t be set up to succeed. When opening a hot dog franchise, it’s important to remember that startup costs will vary, depending on your city, location, and the size of your restaurant. But in general, you can count on these initial expenditures before opening your franchise’s doors.

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Franchise Fee

A franchise fee is the money you pay upfront to do business under the brand umbrella. All our Hot Dog on a Stick franchisees buy into a proven model and get access to thorough and ongoing training that covers every aspect of operating your new hot dog franchise.

The Right Location Is Important

Once you’ve found the right space, you may need to make improvements or renovations to it; you might have to do a build-out to increase square footage, requiring an architect and/or general contractor, and you should factor in the cost of décor, furniture, and fixtures. All of these expenses should be budgeted into your initial startup costs. Monthly obligations like rent, utilities, and insurance should also be factored into your ongoing expenses.

Get the Word Out

Part of your initial investment will go toward marketing your new hot dog franchise. Before your grand opening, it’s important to let your community and your future customers know who you are and why you’re there. That means tapping into resources that are available to you in your territory. Getting the word out before you make your first sale is one of the best steps you can take as a businessperson.


Hot Dog on a Stick prides itself in offering the finest ingredients while serving some seriously fun food! Fresh-squeezed lemonade, delicious hot dogs, fries, and funnel cakes are just a few examples of what you’ll be bringing to your community when you open your very own hot dog franchise. So, make sure you’re well-stocked and ready to go!

Ready to Learn More?

We know you might have more questions about what it takes to open a Hot Dog on a Stick location. That’s why our step-by-step guide to getting started is a great resource.

Find out more about how to become your own boss and have fun at the same time, and start living your dream today!