If you are a fan of food trucks or are looking to purchase one, then we have quite the treat for you today.
After all, today we will be showing off 10 food trucks that were built by Custom Concessions, and they can be found below. On top of that, and this is where aspiring food truck owners are really going to want to listen up, we will be dropping some otherworldly advice (via previews and links from previous articles published at Custom Concessions).
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some awesome-looking food trucks!
10 Amazing Food Trucks Built By Custom Concessions — And Some Advice For Aspiring Food Truck Owners
Now that you have seen some amazing food trucks/trailers/kitchens, let’s drop some advice for aspiring (and current) food truck owners. In the spirit of that thinking, check out the articles below.
“Do I Need To Move To Run A Successful Food Truck Business?
You say you want to run a food truck business, and that’s great! However, if you don’t live in an area with a lot of foot traffic/tourism/a busy area, then you should probably think about moving.
Your return customers (which might only be friends and family in the beginning) are not going to eat at your lunch truck every day. Therefore, you need to be in an area in which a ton of people cross paths with your food truck business. If that is not the case/if you live extremely far from this type of area, then you might want to think about moving.”
“Start Planning Everything Out Before You Even Step Foot In Your Mobile Kitchen
We already talked about the financial portion of this equation, and now we will talk about everything else when it comes to the preparation department. While it is okay to browse food trucks for sale — because you need to know what you are dealing with from a money standpoint — you shouldn’t actually buy one until you have crunched all of the numbers.
When it comes to planning, you should be making your business plan. Said business plan will help you realize what it all takes to start — and run — a business. Without a business plan, you won’t know how much inventory you will need, how long it will take until you are actually making money, what you are expected to make in a year, how much you can pay employees, how much you need to budget for marketing and anything and everything relating to those topics.”
“3. Figure Out Where You Want Your Destination(s) To Be
This is an important step for many different reasons. First and foremost, location is everything in the food truck industry (you know what they say … location, location, location), and if you decide to go with a destination that isn’t known for its foot traffic, then you might struggle to attract customers. Not to mention, you can’t just park anywhere, and things like permits, regulations, laws and rules come into play.
Therefore, do some big-time research in this department, and see where you can and can’t park … as well as searching for amazing destinations that haven’t been picked yet. Reminder: Your business is mobile, so you can have more than one location, and you really should if you are going to survive and thrive in this industry.”
“You Will Get Creative Reins Over … Well, Everything
When you own a food truck, you get to, once again, call all of the shots. This is a huge bonus when you are in the market for running your own kitchen. After all, you will get to experiment with meals, the menu and everything in the kitchen, really.
Not only are you the boss but you get creative reins! How many people can claim that?
You Get To Be A People Person
If you like to interact with people, then you are in store for quite the treat. As a food truck owner, you will get to be a people person. In fact, that is kind of in the job description since you will be counting on your customers to buy your product (the food).”
“Making A Business Plan
Making a business plan takes a lot of research, creativity and time, and it is 100 percent needed. Unfortunately, you likely just want to cook food and make people happy — you don’t want to create a business plan.
Whether you sit down with someone and crank this thing out, or write it up yourself, it has to be done. This is the plan for your entire business.
Reminder: If you want to make it in the food truck industry, you have to be more than a chef. You also have to be business savvy.
Coming Up With An Actual Food Truck Concept
Sure, you love to cook, and your friends and family have always told you that you should become a chef, but what are you going to cook? In other words, what is your food concept going to be? Are you going to cook American food, pizza, Mexican food, Thai food or [fill in the blank]? There are an endless amount of options, and you can mix and match, but you have to pick something.
Not knowing what you want to cook alone could keep you from entering this fine industry.”
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