Hi man, I started last october as a part timer. I did not make any advertisement and it is been slow.
Catering is where the money is, vending is a bitch to many variables. I do sell pies at luxury apartment complexes around houston and at the same location you can go from selling 60 pies, to sell 20 the next time you are there and then go back again to 55, as you can see is very difficult to plan accordingly. Sometimes if you do not know the demography of the complex you undersell, one time I went to this place and after 15 min I realized that probably 50% of the people showing up where Muslims, and I had 3 pizzas with some kind of pork in it and 2 with veggies, but not the veggies they want and no chicken, so most of them just turn around and left...
I also do a farmers market, sundays from 10 to 1 during summer time, it is good when the weather is cool in the last 3 months was terrible, nobody goes to buy veggies when is 95F..
I am still a part time, but now I am also a part time at my M-F job, I had to do that because I was loosing to many vending during the week. My M-F job is a very low pay job so doing 3/4 small vending I cover the other half of my old salary.
As John K said, dough management is the big issue. It is very easy when you make 10/20 pizzas at home where you can control the temp at every moment..
Helpers are difficult to find, when you get one that is good, pay them well, they will go the extra mile and be always there for you...(or it should be for your money?
If you had one piece of advice about this business, what would it be?
Try to start clean financially, buy and pay for everything before you start. Unless you are very lucky it you will need some time to see a consistent influx of money.
Where did you get your oven and how do you like it?
I got it from Antoine. It is a FGM 1030C. Love it, love it, love it.
As a part time business, how doable is this?
I totally doable if you have support from your spouse, think that you will have to spend most of the saturday or sunday prepping and then going to the party so that leaves your spouse with the responsibility of take care of the kids. Get a good fridge for the garage and get organized you need a lot of storage space.