It's easy to assume this is like buying a car, but it is completely different. From financing, to design, to ordering, buying a food truck is more like having a custom home built. You cannot walk onto a lot somewhere and choose from 100 available units and take it home. Instead, you'll need to understand your menu, the equipment needed to execute it, efficient work
One of the most common questions for those who are considering getting into this business is if they should start with a food truck or food trailer. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so this is definitely a subject worth some exploring.
If you’re starting your own mobile food business shopping for a used concession trailer is a good place to start. There are so many things to consider when looking for the best-used concession trailer that it can be overwhelming. Prices on used trailers can be significantly lower, which means you may be able to find one you can afford without a bank loan. Used trailers often come with equipment already installed – another money-saving benefit. Once you’ve determined your budget, use these tips to keep track of the factors you should keep in mind in your search.
Space and Configuration
It can be challenging to navigate the various types of used concession trailers available – there are so many options and configurations. Really think about the space and storage that you’ll need for your particular food trailer. The last thing you want to do is purchase a concession trailer that doesn’t meet your specific needs. Visualize an [...]
Finding a used food trailer for sale is a great way to get started in the food truck business, but is it your best option? Whether you are looking to purchase your first food used truck or expand your fleet, here are a few good places to start your search…
Where to Begin
The process of buying a food truck is time-consuming. Before you get started it’s important to understand the financial obligation you’re getting yourself into. Although purchasing a used food truck for sale is generally cheaper than starting a restaurant, it’s still not cheap. You can expect to spend $60,000 to $250,000 on a fully outfitted truck with the majority of purchases falling within the $70,000 to $130,000 range.
Buying New Vs. Buying Used
There are definite advantages and disadvantages of each option, but it comes down to what your budget is and how much you can afford up front.
Preparing a new concession trailer for business can be a very daunting task. They need many of the same equipment and supplies as full-sized restaurants…in a fraction of the space. Therefore, they require meticulous planning and designing.
There are many factors to consider when outfitting your new food trailer with equipment. Things such as your power source, your hood space and most importantly, your local health regulations. We’ve outlined a few things that you should be thinking about when designing and equipping your new concession trailer.
Food storage equipment will ensure that all of your food is properly stored in compliance with health code regulations. You will need a refrigerator and a freezer to store perishable items that need to be kept cold or frozen prior to preparation.
Before you buy your refrigerator or freezer, check your local health code. Many cities and states have requirements that your appliances must meet. Additionally, you will [...]
Location Location Location. Finding the perfect location could make or break your concession trailer business. Whether you are trying to figure out where you should park for the first time or are in the market for a new location, there are plenty of things you need to keep in mind.
Rules and regulations
Figuring out if you can park in any given location or if there are permits or fees should be your first step. You don’t want to break the law and put your business in jeopardy right off the bat. That is why it’s so important to figure out if you can park in a specific location before you start parking there. That’s also why you have to know the laws, regulations and rules in general.
Finding foot traffic
If a location seems perfect to you but there is not a lot of foot traffic, [...]
Just like all small businesses in the U.S., a food trailer has the potential to be extremely rewarding and profitable.
It’s the ultimate venture for someone looking for a truly independent business. With a food trailer, you pick your own cuisine, strategy, and employees. Plus, you don’t have to be fully committed to a specific location – you can decide to pack up and move any time you want.
While there are a lot of food trailer businesses out there, just take a look at how many concession trailers you see at your next fair. You definitely have the ability to turn a profit if you know what you’re doing.
How Much Can You Make Running a Food Trailer
It all depends on how much you want to work.
If you just want to use your concession trailer at smaller sporting events and festivals, you could bring home [...]
So, you have your own concession trailer. Now what?
You need customers, and marketing your new concession trailer business is a top priority.
What that means is marketing and doing it the right way. You must find your own path, while also keeping up with the times. It’s a sticky situation, but with the right tips, your food trailer can grow faster than spinach does.
Luckily, the folks at Custom Trailer Pros have you covered. Read on for an inside look at increasing your business the right way!
Pick an Eye-Grabbing Name and Logo
This is one of the hardest, yet best, ways to garner attention. If you’re serving kebabs, having a name like “Jon’s Kebabs” isn’t going to knock the socks off anyone.
Some good ideas that involve the potential consumers include having a fan vote via social media or opening a crowdfunding [...]