5 Issues You Will Face When Trying To Become A Food Truck Owner


While becoming a food truck owner might be your No. 1 dream right now, there are plenty of challenges you will face as an owner.

Of course, the issues will start before you even enter the food truck industry — because that’s just the way life works.

If you have been searching for food trucks for sale like it’s your job, then you are already getting a full dose of some of the issues that accompany trying to become a food truck owner. With that in mind, we are about to unleash five issues you will face when trying to become a mobile kitchen owner (there are more than five … these are just common issues).

Note: We are not trying to scare you away from joining this wonderful industry — we are just trying to prepare you for the road ahead! Even the most successful food truck owners had to face some of these issues in the beginning! If you continue to hustle, look at the big picture and always follow your dreams, anything is possible.

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5 Issues You Will Face When Trying To Become A Food Truck Owner

  • Acceptance From Everyone You Know
  • Coming Up With Enough Money To Start Your Business
  • Learning The Ins And Outs Of The Food Truck Industry
  • Coming Up With Your Concept
  • Trying To Form A Business Plan

Acceptance From Everyone You Know

There are likely two different kinds of people in your life: (1) The ones who support you, and (2) the ones who don’t, which is why you are going to deal with the issue of acceptance from everyone you know when trying to break into this industry.

Needless to say, you are going to have plenty of naysayers — you know, people who don’t support your dreams, and tell you they can’t be done. This is quite the challenge because these naysayers are going to be people you love, people who you thought believed in you.

We are here to say this: Don’t let the naysayers take you down with them — always follow your heart and your dreams! This is your life, and you can do anything you want with it, such as becoming a chef in the food truck industry.

Coming Up With Enough Money To Start Your Business

This is an obvious issue, because starting up a food truck business (or any business, for that matter) is not cheap. Heck, a high-end food truck could run your bank account $70,000 … or more.

With that in mind, here are a couple of things to think about: (1) First and foremost, a food truck is still likely going to be cheaper than opening a sit-down restaurant, which means it is less of a risk. (2) If you start saving money now, then you will eventually have enough money for your dream truck. (3) Food truck financing is available, and it could be a serious game-changer when it comes to you entering the food truck industry.

While a food truck is expensive, it is still reasonably priced, and it is still possible to buy one and start up your own business.

Learning The Ins And Outs Of The Food Truck Industry

Most people enter the food truck industry with one thing on their minds: Food. Going along with that thinking, most aspiring food truck owners can do wonders in the kitchen … but they don’t know a whole lot about the food truck industry. That is fine, as long as aspiring mobile kitchen owners are open to learning the ins and outs of the food truck industry.


Just like any industry, there is so much to be learned in the mobile kitchen industry, such as learning about permits, regulations, rules, laws, where you can park and the list could go on and on.

Spoiler: The more you know about this industry, the better off you will be in the short-term and long-term.

Coming Up With Your Concept

This is definitely an issue many aspiring owners have to face. After all, your food concept is your food truck’s foundation, if you will. It’s your product, what you are going to serve to your customers — it’s everything!

While you are likely going to change up your menu over the years (or maybe even more often than that), it would be in your best interest to stick with your initial concept. Therefore, it is tough to decide what you are going to make for the rest of your food truck journey … before you have even really started it.

The good thing? You can add (or get rid of) items/meals along the way.

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Trying To Form A Business Plan

Creating a business plan is a struggle for so many people, whether we are talking about the food truck industry or any other industry. Not everyone is business savvy, and that is the case for many people who enter the mobile kitchen industry.

Their talent is cooking food, not being a businessperson. Of course, if you want to succeed in this industry, then you are going to have to learn the ins and outs of running a business, because that is literally what you are going to be doing — running a business.

You could always hire someone to help you out with this process, and that is completely fine, but eventually you are going to be the one who is the boss/manager/CEO/owner of your food truck business. No one said being a cook and a business owner was going to be easy, but you can do it if you want it bad enough!

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