I would like to start a coffee cart business in PA. I would provide this service for weddings, conventions, caterers, etc for a predetermined charge. I need advice on whether I'm better to go with a franchise like cafe ala carte or try it on my own. The cafe ala carte franchise fee is $25000 and that seems kind of steep to me, especially considering I'll be doing this on a part-time basis..at least to start. But on the other hand, I want to have a successful business, and if that means going with a franchise, then it's worth it. I don't have any experience/knowledge in the coffee business. How hard is it to choose your equipment, good suppliers, etc? I have a great business sense and don't think I'd have a problem dealing with the business aspects of it myself (getting customers, expenses, etc.).