Entering the mobile kitchen industry is tough. After all, the food truck industry is so much more than simply cooking food and then serving customers. As a result, there is so much an aspiring food truck owner has to do in hopes of finally becoming a food truck owner.
With that in mind, we are about to unleash some tips for aspiring owners who are looking to enter the mobile kitchen industry. While these tips alone won’t get you into the industry — because it is up to you to take action and come up with an all-star plan — they can certainly help you out along the way.
Before we get started, we want to say this: If you aren’t really passionate about this industry, then you will not make it. This industry takes a ton of motivation, determination and hard work. You have to love being a chef/business owner. If not, then the double-digit hours will eat you alive.
Tips For Aspiring Food Truck Owners:
Figure out the perfect concept. This should be the easy part. After all, you want to be a chef. The cooking part is the fun part, and you likely have a ton of recipes up your sleeve. Get creative, think about what you want to cook and incorporate the perfect food truck concept, one that revolves around your wants and needs.
Don’t get cheap when it comes to the actual food truck and all of the equipment. This is your business, and it needs to be reliable. While high-end food trucks can start around $70,000, it is important to keep two things in mind: (1) This is still likely cheaper than opening a sit-down restaurant, and (2) a high-end food truck is a reliable food truck, and it typically comes with warranties as well.
Do some research/look around when it comes to finding your perfect location. While permits, regulations and rules will come into play during this process, you can still find a place that has a ton of foot traffic, and a place that will be perfect for your food truck business.
While you are at it, research permits, regulations and rules when it comes to the food truck industry. This is a must!
Come up with the ultimate business plan. The better your business plan is, and the more details it is packed with, the easier your journey will be. In some cases, this business plan could help you secure food truck financing as well … if you decide to take that route.
Start up social media accounts while your food truck is being prepared/built. Branding and marketing is a big part of your business, and you can tackle both departments with social media.
Study anything and everything when it comes to the food truck industry. The more you know, the more prepared you will be.
Learn the ins and outs of customer service, because it is really going to come in handy when you are dealing with all of your food truck customers.
Get ready for your life to change. When you become a food truck owner, it will become your entire life. If you are passionate about the industry, then this will be a blessing. If not, then you will likely get burned out. The food truck industry is a fantastic one, but you have to really want it if you are going to succeed. Get your mind right, get ready to cook food/serve customers for a living and take in the entire experience when it is finally here! You can — and will — become a chef in the mobile kitchen industry.