Running a food truck is not like something out of the movies. The food truck industry has many successful stories, but there are failures too. However, having unrealistic expectations will set you up for downfall. You need to have a thorough decision making process.
To operate a food truck, you need to work on the streets. It is a six to seven day job that is on the outside. At the same time you should be around food truck events to get exposure and recognition for your business. At the start of the business you will have to invest long hours. The success is directly aligned to the time and effort that is put in to running it.
The mobile food truck industry is hugely popular but that does not mean it is a get rich alternative to hard work and dedication. Yes, you can earn good money through food trucks but you have fixed costs that come every month. For instance staff salaries, bills and other costs. You will also need to pay for ingredients, insurance and fuel. The truth is you can make a decent living but only if you work hard.
Before you jump into the food truck business, why not try your hand at catering to see how much you will enjoy catering out of a truck. Cater for small parties to people who are not necessarily your friends. Get honest opinions of your service from a hospitality consultant so that you will have a good idea if you should convert into a business.
You may have worked on another food truck and this will certainly give you an advantage in the business. However, it does not automatically set you up for success. You still have to work hard, it is a full-time job.
While you may have dreams of success and fame remember not every food truck owner is going to become the next Jamie Oliver. While it is good to aim for the stars it is also important you stay grounded to experience realistic success and grab it with both hands when it comes your way.