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The Food Truck Business And Tips To Succeed Do you open do you want to open a food truck but don’t know where to begin?  Well, I’m going to be sharing some tips with you that could help you, and you go and open your business. As you may know, if you are a business […]

The Food Truck Business And Tips To Succeed

Do you open do you want to open a food truck but don’t know where to begin?  Well, I’m going to be sharing some tips with you that could help you, and you go and open your business. As you may know, if you are a business owner, you can do well!  Most big corporations started as small businesses, and a food truck business can be good. Why? Because many people are getting, buying, ordering to go or for delivery and the like. Depending on the strategy you employ, you can succeed.  Guess what, you can make it because people need to eat, and they cannot be without eating for so many days. Another factor to consider is that most people are extremely busy right now; they will love to get like a food truck in front of a building or industrial area or the like. Customers would be able to go over there and order food while enjoying fresh air out of the office or house, which could be very convenient.

Familiarize In Advance

You have the desire to open your food truck, but there are certain things that you may not be familiar with. Therefore, my advice is to do a little bit of research and contact different business consultants, start asking questions and then, narrow it down to determine who the right fit is to work with. Ask simple questions to get an initial reaction, and this is something that you need to observe to get things done the right way. When you speak with someone and the person is not willing to answer your questions or is just asking you, go ahead fill out the form, send an email, and I will go back to you within x number of hours, sometimes 24 hours may not be satisfactory. It is a signal that that person might not be the right fit for you, okay? Another thing, if you are asking business questions and the person is or looks a little reluctant to answer because the person probably must research to give you answers, get out and interact with someone else. If you are talking with a business consultant and the person shows no patience, you know this is not going to be good. Why? Because you want to start with what is right and to get business advice from someone willing to go the extra mile while guiding you through with the right attitude!

Be Strategic From The Beginning

You want to go into the food business by doing the right thing since you want to take care of your customers by displaying a positive attitude. If that is the type of customer service you are receiving from the consultant before engaging in any business activity, run out! Okay? Be strategic and prepared from the beginning, do your research, and make sure that the business consultant knows about the hospitality industry and the foodservice system. It will help you in a significant way, more than you might think. A knowledgeable business consultant with foodservice expertise will be able to guide you in terms of getting all your permits. So, that means you will not be concerned and worried about what to do; for example, one of the permits you will need to get is a food manager certification.

It includes sanitation, personal hygiene, food safety, and why you buy products for your truck from approved vendors or suppliers. It also deals with employee training, hand washing, and all things you will need to entice customers to come to you instead of somewhere else.

Another thing you will do, depending on the state, county, or city you are in, is to get familiar with your local health department. It is necessary because sometimes you’re going to be doing catering from your food truck. You will need to have a system in place, and the city will most likely ask you to comply with specific requirements. Within your city, you’re going to have a fire inspector checking your place to make sure you comply with the safety, you know, electrical and fire and the like.

Decide Where To Park Your Food Truck And Get Proper Approval

It is crucial to be at the right place, good location to create momentum when operating a food truck. To get your business going, please make sure you have an approved business permit from the city for special events. In some cases, you need to apply for a permit each time an event takes place. If you are going to be permanent, the permit could have a renewal process each year.

When running a food truck business or any other foodservice establishment, it is paramount to develop a good relationship with another company of a different type that will probably allow you to park your truck right there. Please negotiate, sometimes you may have to pay a small fee or sometimes you will need to exchange something, maybe some food for a few hours right there on that side and that’s something you need to do.

Think about employees, even if it’s small businesses. You will need to get employees and be realistic about that. Why? Because you will not be able to do it all, that would be impossible. It would be best to do some purchasing, cleaning, dealing with customers, and much more.  You need to do marketing as well and, therefore, hire at least one or two employees at the beginning. My advice is to get one or two employees who are college students or maybe some of your former classmates or something like that. One time, I was managing a restaurant, and guess what I did?  I hired employees who could work no more than three hours per day because they were in school high school. It is a way to manage a small budget while satisfying others.

Join A Chamber Of Commerce

Be part of your community because doing so could help get employees from members you know. When managing a restaurant, I hired employees who were the children of some of my professional colleagues from hospitality organizations. Those employees did well as they were eager to work and learn. The employees brought new customers including their parents and the parents’ friends! Get employees, train them. Are you going to have time to train them? Maybe not, but the consultant will guide you through and probably provide the training just like I do. Remember that when you embrace your community, you benefit yourself and help someone else.

Training And Bookkeeping

Before you open your new food truck, please get proper training, and ensure everyone is on the same page. You would want to provide the best food in town, so getting practical advice can help you thrive. Why? Because you cannot do everything by yourself. An important aspect you need is to know your numbers by maintaining an adequate bookkeeping system. No one should know your cooking style or hours of operation more than you.

Also, no one should know your numbers as you do. Keep every receipt so you can see how your food truck business is performing in terms of income and expenses. In the end, you can be successful in your food truck business, get in contact with me I will be able to guide you through. I do this all the time, and I’ll be so happy to see you growing because that is fantastic. As previously stated, you will need many things to run your business, from taxes and payroll. Life does not have to be complicated; bookkeeping is essential, and I can guide you through that and put you in the right direction. I’ll be more than happy to work with you, assist so you can grow!

ServSafe Tips To Start Your Food Business

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About the author

Dr. Dario Vasquez, President

Dario’s educational background is as follows: a Doctorate in management, an MBA with a concentration in leadership for managers and a bachelor of science in hospitality management. He is a Certified ServSafe Instructor and Proctor by the National Restaurant Association of USA.

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