A lot of people think that starting a food truck business is the same as buying a car and hitting the streets, but the truth is that it isn’t. However, if you are looking forward toward achieving your entrepreneurial dreams and of becoming a successful business owner, it is a great step toward such achievements.
Those who have been working with food trucks for a while will appreciate some of the challenges we’ll discuss here. The basic difficulty relates to the commerce of making sales, along with the cost of the trucks as well, which includes financial considerations. From all this, one needs to learn one or two things to make their food truck business successful.
These mastering cuisine business tips will help you in getting the perfect truck and hiring the right employees to ensure your food-truck venture is a smash hit.
How to Buy a Food Truck?
You can buy a food truck for yourself at a price as low as twenty-five thousand dollars, but you should not be cutting out the corners when it comes to your food vehicle. This is your only chance to set up an efficient and effective vehicle. In order to get a second-hand truck, connect with different truck communities, search on eBay, or consider reaching out to organizations that have a bunch of used box trucks such as UPS, DHL etc. Make a point to familiarize yourself with its engine and other parts so if any problems occur, you can fix them yourself and save money.
Here is what some of the truck owners have to say about a food truck business.
Ben from Rocky Mountain Slices Truck
He says that the one thing that he would change, which is a big thing, is that he would have built a trailer instead of a truck. The mechanical issues encounteread by him over the past four years had made it difficult to build his business the way he planned it.
Patrick from Truck Meister
He says that he has spent around two years to plan his food truck.
“When I say planning, I mean I laid out my truck with life size cardboard cutouts, then I found out the weight of equipment I needed and how much food I wanted the truck to hold. I searched for a food truck to fit my needs. When it came to electrical, I made sure that I could run the refrigerators with 110 volts from one circuit when I was parked at the shop.”
Secure a Commissary
State laws often require food trucks to use commercial kitchens in order to prepare their food. Commissaries cater to kitchens or brick-and-mortar restaurant kitchens. Along with preparing food, there are a lot of other things that you can do here as well, such as dump food, wash your truck and load food without exposure to different elements. However, finding one is the biggest challenge anyone can ever face. Connect with local food truck companies of your area to get some advice.
Creativity is the key to any startup or business. A lot of food truck owners have been able to promote their business through creative means –– as well as by offering delicious and innovative food of course. You may want to wrap your car with all the creative ideas that you have.
Cater to Private Events and Festivals
Food trucks do pretty well during the month of May and the summers of course, because they can cater to the beach parties, festivals and carnivals as well. If you want to get enough income all year round, consider places and events where you can cater to private parties, lunchtime street vending and even festivals. A lot of customers look forward toward hiring food trucks for their house parties and wedding ceremonies as well. So, develop a special menu as well for all these purposes.
Let us take a look at what some of the food truck owners have to say about this.
Alexa from Meat the Street
Alexa says that you should keep things simple. It should be kept simple in every aspect. You do not need the fancy bells and whistles. The things that keeps a truck going is the good food and that is exactly what she thinks as well.
“If your food is good, people will talk, they will eat, and word will spread.”