Overview

In the simplest terms, this type of vendor is someone that sells food, goods and merchandise on the street or in an open-air market rather than in a traditional storefront setting. The "store" is either a small stand that can be locked and shut down at the end of the night, or a cart that the peddler can move from location to location and take home at the end of the workday.

Everyone purchases something from a street peddler at some point in their life - hot dogs, pretzels, meat, vegetables, fruit, cold drinks, flowers, small souvenirs, or mementos from a vacation or trip.

Selling food or other merchandise from a cart or stand on the street may seem like a perfect way to earn a living while at the same time owning a small business. Self-employment and the opportunity to set one’s schedule all the while being outside may seem like the best job opportunity around. With no building lease costs, overhead of employees, and few bills besides the cost of the merchandise being sold, street peddling appears to be a relatively simple business venture.

However, like any other small business, street vending requires time, patience, some upfront costs, strategic planning, basic marketing strategies, and the proper licenses or permits required by the state or area.

Next: What does a Street Vendor do?

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