A mobile food truck is a fantastic way to break into the restaurant industry or even expand your current business. When you think of food trucks, you may think of hot dogs, ice cream and sandwiches. This is not the case anymore since the food truck industry has exploded. You can find a variety of cuisines and every one of them is delicious. It is superb food to have on the go. However, if you want to start a food truck, there may be some things you need to look into first.
It will cost you money
Yes, food trucks will cost money. It is similar to opening a small restaurant or cafe. While it is not as expensive as running a brick and mortar, it will still cost you quite a bit. You will need to look for financing either through an investor or a bank.
Where do you plan to have your food truck? Will it be in a residential neighbourhood, by the side of a school or in a more public place? Do not forget that not every neighbourhood allows mobile food trucks. You are running a legal business and you need to obtain legal permits. Some cities may have restrictions for such ventures. Where do you plan to set it up, determine this step first.
You need licensing and permits
Carrying on from the above point, you will need to apply for a license and permit. Sometimes getting these permits may take time, you have to be ready to wait it out patiently.
Healthy and safety first
A restaurant consultant will help you ensure the health and safety of employees and customers, alike. Since you plan to serve food out in the open, certain safety and health measures should be taken. You need to store the food properly. And it should be prepared in sanitary conditions and at the proper temperature.
A great dining experience
Your customers can still have a great dining experience at a food truck. The experience can be similar to dining out at a restaurant. Pay attention to the menu, seating arrangements (if you have a small area with tables and chairs) and excellent customer service so that you can be certain your customers will return to enjoy the food time and again.
Hard work and dedication
Operating a food truck is just as challenging and hard as a regular brick and mortar restaurant. You have to be dedicated, work long hours, juggle multiple tasks and even take on different positions like that of the chef, server and bookkeeper. However, it is rewarding and can give you a profitable business.