5 Amazing Tips to Help You Start a Successful Ice Cream Truck Business

vintage looking ice cream truck with a line of customers parked in front of fancy building with pillars

When it comes to frozen sweets, ice cream knows no age. Everyone is obsessed with the cold treat. Ice cream trucks can be quite profitable as well.

If you are finding yourself melting in the ice cream truck business, here are 5 tips that will freeze your passion once again.

Locate the Perfect Truck

Before you do anything, you need to find the perfect insulated van for your ice cream truck business.

You will need to figure out the following:

  • How much money do you feel comfortable spending?
  • Will it keep your ice cream frozen?
  • How much product can you store in there?
  • Is it customizable for your needs?

License to Sell

Just like any other business, you will need to get a license from the city permitting you to have your ice cream truck business.

This process will vary from city to city. If you have any questions, you will want to contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles. Depending on what your city requires you may also need to make a phone call to the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Cost Versus Profit

In order to have a profitable ice cream truck business plan, you will need to figure out the cost versus the profit for your business.

Before getting started, you will need to figure out what you can sell and how much you need to sell your products for. You will want to keep in mind that every ice cream sandwich, fruit bar, or soft serve cone will have a different cost and a different net profit for you.

Establish a Route

Driving around with no route is going to eat up your profits. You want to establish a route.

In order to create the perfect route, you will want to drive through family neighborhoods, near public parks, or by special events happening in your community.

Once you get a route in place, stick to it. Make a point to do your route on the days you choose, and stick to it. Don’t skip a day because you never know how much business you may get.

Keep It Clean for the Health Department

Since you will be dealing with food the health department will be coming out to inspect your truck every so often.

You will want to ensure it is as clean as it can be. If the health department finds anything wrong with the food space, you could get shut down and even fined.

It’s essential to ensure your products are within the expiration dates, clean daily, and deep clean weekly to keep your customers safe and the health department happy.

What’s Next for Your Ice Cream Truck Business?

The only thing left for you to do is sell, sell, sell!

Having an ice cream truck business is not as difficult as you may think. As long as you follow these tips, you will be on the way to melting hearts with your delicious treats.

To get a custom quote on any of our insulated vans and trucks, please contact us today.