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How to Start a Food Truck Business

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Food trucks are a booming business in the US. There seem to be more than one on every corner. If you're looking at starting your own food truck business then this guide is something you'll want to …

Food trucks are a booming business in the US. There seem to be more than one on every corner. If you're looking at starting your own food truck business then this guide is something you'll want to read.

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  • 1. Brought to you by Restaurant Engine.Get a beautiful website for your restaurant, without the hassle. Learn More
  • 2. Brought to you by Restaurant Engine.Get a beautiful website for your restaurant, without the hassle. Learn MoreFood trucks are different from a regular restaurant insome ways – you get on the road and go to thecustomer.You don’t have a physical location with an address soyou don’t wait for customers to come in your frontdoor.But like restaurants, service still needs to be topnotch.The truck needs a little niche so people have a reasonto purchase. It’s also important to be consistent.
  • 3. Brought to you by Restaurant Engine.Get a beautiful website for your restaurant, without the hassle. Learn MoreFood trucks come in all shapes and sizeswhich varies the cost.A basic used food truck with bare bonesequipment and lots of miles could run you aslittle as $10,000 while a full equipped truckcould run you several hundred thousanddollars.If you’re looking to bootstrap the business it’sbest to look for a used truck, likely findingone from another food truck business that ismaybe moving up to the next level andgetting a new truck.
  • 4. Brought to you by Restaurant Engine.Get a beautiful website for your restaurant, without the hassle. Learn MoreEquipment works much the same as the actual food truck.You’ll need the equipment you need to make your foodspecialty and from there you have to figure out if it’s possibleto put in a truck or trailer.Most trucks run on gas just like your average outdoor grill.Your average food truck can use around 1,000 gallons ofpropane a year, but it all depends on the amount of businessyou’re doing.
  • 5. Brought to you by Restaurant Engine.Get a beautiful website for your restaurant, without the hassle. Learn MoreLike any vehicle, you need insurance and it can beexpensive.You’re not running a typical Toyota Corolla so be preparedto insure the truck for all the equipment costs and potentialloss of revenue if something were to happen.It doesn’t have to be much more than a regularvehicle, but the more you leave off the more risk you takeon.
  • 6. Brought to you by Restaurant Engine.Get a beautiful website for your restaurant, without the hassle. Learn MoreLike any other business, there are permits. Each city or location varies in how they operate withpermits.Some have more strict rules such as limits on the number of trucks that can operate in any givenarea.There might also be local requirements for inspection and where you can park the truck. You’llwant to look for public parking areas because private parking can be tricky unless you’re buddieswith the owner.
  • 7. Brought to you by Restaurant Engine.Get a beautiful website for your restaurant, without the hassle. Learn MoreYou can go in full guns with a food truck, butbootstrapping might be the better option.Find your customers first before getting a truck orequipment by asking a local business if you canbring some of your food to their break room forlunch and see if anybody will give you cash foryour food.There is nothing wrong with bringing food tobusinesses for a few months in the backseat ofyour minivan before finally stepping up to a truck.
  • 8. Brought to you by Restaurant Engine.Get a beautiful website for your restaurant, without the hassle. Learn More• When people like your food and service they’ll tell their friends so make iteasy for people to email or message friends.• Create an area where people can leave comments on your site.• List your typical locations on the website so people can find you.• Have a responsive website as people looking for lunch or quick mealideas are likely using their smartphones.• Integrate social media into your website - photos from Facebook &Instagram, Twitter tweets, and sharing buttons.• Capture email addresses on your site with a signup form.
  • 9. Brought to you by Restaurant Engine.Get a beautiful website for your restaurant, without the hassle. Learn MoreFood trucks aren’t a new business idea, but there is still tons of opportunity. If you have aunique product to offer and you know there is demand you have a great chance of succeeding.Follow the basic steps for starting your truck, start out small if you can and build from there.When things get some momentum you can start looking to expand and that includes gettingyour own website.
  • 10. Brought to you by Restaurant Engine.Get a beautiful website for your restaurant,without the hassle.Learn More