Thursday, February 5, 2015

How to Start a Food Cart Business:

As a food truck owner, you get to enjoy the wonderful weather that comes with carnival season as well as meet people from all different walks of life. So it is clear that a career in food vending can be very appealing to some, as it offers flexibility and excitement.  It can also be a very fruitful career if you can employ a well thought out business plan.

Here are a few steps you should take to start up your Food Truck:

  1. Create a Menu: Keep in mind that quick prep means quick money.  Try to include items on your menu that can be prepared quickly. It’s also great to select ingredients based on versatility. If an ingredient can be used in more than one menu item, you save on space which is limited within your mobile set up.
  2. Get Equipped: What good is a food cart without the proper equipment? Think about the tools you will need, not only to prepare the menu items you offer, but also to keep a cleanly and functioning cart. You’ll also need vehicle which is large enough to transport all of your gear.
  3. Follow the Law: Make sure you don’t skip this step. You need to make sure your food cart is licensed with your local health department. If food prep needs to happen prior to hitting the road, you’ll need to either lease a location and license it as commercial kitchen, or invest in a permanent location, which also should be licensed.  Just make sure you are aware of the food licensing laws for your area, in most places, you’ll need to purchase a separate temporary food service permit for each event you vend.
  4. Do Your Research: Be on the lookout for events and festivals where your food cart may do well.  Get in touch with festival directors and organizers and let them know you are interested in participating. Don’t forget to take into account the size of the festival. You don’t want to sign up to participate in a large festival you can’t feed due to your lack of staff or food supply.
  5. Make Yourself Known:  Don’t forget you’ll need a sign. Invest in some eye-catching signage that will attract the attention of hungry, potential customers. Let them know exactly who you are and what you can offer them. 

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