Now that 2017 is almost over and 2018 is almost here, we figured now would be the perfect time to review the year we just had in the form of looking at the top 10 Custom Concessions articles from 2017.
So, with that in mind, food truckers can find the top 10 articles below as well as a preview and link for each article.
Top 10 Custom Concessions Articles From 2017
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“Food trucks are mobile, unlike sit-down restaurants. The good thing about that? If you are in a bad location, then you can simply move. With a sit-down restaurant, you are typically stuck, which is, of course, a huge downfall if you are already renting out a spot that didn’t turn out to be as “perfect” as you thought it would be.
“Not only that but if you have a sense of traveler in you, then you might actually enjoy changing up your locations. A change of scenery is never a bad thing. Plus, since your food truck is mobile, it makes doing catering gigs that much easier, because your kitchen is used to being on the move, and you don’t, in a sense, have to pack up a bunch of things and leave. Not to mention, you don’t have to rent out some form of trailer to do a catering gig. It’s all inside your food truck. It’s always ready to travel from spot to spot.”
“As a food truck owner, you are not only going to have to cook every single day (okay, if you want to succeed in this industry, then you are probably going to have to keep your truck open at least six days a week during the busy season) but you are going to have to put in long hours at your truck as well. Not only that, but it can get pretty hot inside a food truck, especially when the summer heat is lurking its head — just in case you didn’t know.
“On top of that, when you aren’t cooking or managing at your truck, you’re going to have to market your truck/business, whether it’s via social media, word of mouth or whatever it might be. You’re also going to have to go to the store to purchase your inventory, although this process is different based on what the owner decides to do. Things like permits, rules, laws and regulations are going to come into play, which means, just as an example, you won’t be able to park your food truck business anywhere you want and whenever you want.”
“You’re eventually going to have to buy a food truck if you want to become a chef in this industry. That’s a no-brainer … so you might as well start pricing food trucks now, and looking for manufactures. This will help you get a budget in order.
“Now, we, of course, recommend you going with a high-end food truck that is oozing with quality. You know, a company like Custom Concessions. We can help you every step of the way, and make your dream food truck a reality.”
“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.”
“Even if you don’t plan on being a food truck owner forever, you will learn the ins and outs of a business in no time.
“You will learn how to make a business plan, you will learn all about inventory, you will learn how to manage employees, you will learn all about revenue and sales and the list could go on and on. If you own a food truck, then you own a business, and the skills you learn from that are invaluable.”
“Just like with any business, if you have too much on your plate, then you need to start trusting your employees by delegating some of your work to them. Not only will this take more off of your plate, which will likely allow you to focus all of your attention on bigger and better things, but you will be even more efficient in the process. After all, you will be getting done with just as much work as you were before; however, you will actually be spending less time on certain tasks since one of your employees has taken on these new responsibilities.”
“While that is a big part of it, being a great chef is not good enough in the food truck industry. If you want to succeed as a mobile kitchen owner, then you have to think like a businessperson, because you literally are a business owner. You will also need to become a good boss/manger since you will have some employees. Customer service, marketing, menu creation and so many other things need to come into play as well (you know, if you plan on thriving as a mobile kitchen owner).”
“Now, there’s a huge difference between pushing something off because you are afraid to start and pushing something off because you literally don’t have the money to make the leap. If you don’t have money to buy a food truck, then start saving NOW! Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but now! Sure, it might take you a lifetime (or at least what feels like a lifetime) to save up $70,000 to $100,000 for a high-end food truck, but that doesn’t mean you can’t — and shouldn’t — save up $10,000-plus for a downpayment on a truck (spoiler alert: you can get your mobile kitchen financed!).”
“Hard Worker: If you aren’t a hard worker now, you are seriously going to struggle if you do ever enter the food truck industry. After all, being a food truck owner is more than a full-time job. 40 hours of work a week is not enough, because when you aren’t actually at your truck cooking, you are coming up with new strategies to make your business better, gathering inventory, networking, etc. You can be the most talented individual ever, but that won’t mean a thing if you aren’t a hard worker.”
“When you become a mobile kitchen owner, well, that is now going to be your life. Yes, you will, of course, still have some time away from your truck, but you are a business owner in every sense of the word, which means you are going to be spending a good amount of time doing things for your food truck business. Even when you aren’t actually at your mobile catering truck, you will still be brainstorming ways to make your business better, stronger. You know, if you plan on succeeding as a lunch truck owner.”
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