If you have good ideas for the new dishes, but the lack of money, then the best solution for you is opening your own food truck. But, as starting any other business, this is not as easy as it seems. There are plenty things you should consider before investing even one penny. This article is supposed to help you decide how to start your own food truck and give you the examples of the most successful food trucks in the US, which may help you brainstorm some ideas on your own.
As said earlier, food trucks are the best possible solution if you don’t have enough money for opening your own restaurant. While researching, our team found out that the estimated budget for food trucks is $85,000, while the startup budget for restaurants is approximated for $275,000 which is over 3 times more and the job is almost the same.
When starting, first thing, besides buying a truck with full equipment such as kitchen with all the supplies including the sink and the window where you will receive orders from your customers, is creating your own unique menu. The truth is that there is nothing wrong with copying someone else’s menu and offering the usual dishes such as hamburgers or hot dogs, but you should know, that, in this case, competition is even harder at the beginning. So, in order to help yourself starting big, besides the usual menu, you may also create some unique dishes and sauces that are very hard or even impossible to find at any other food truck.
A second thing is a place and this actually is a benefit since the trucks are movable, so if you sometimes decide that the place you’ve picked didn’t work out for you, you can easily start the truck and move few blocks or even the town away and start over.
However, the most important thing is the license. The good thing is that the way of getting business and health permits for the food trucks is the same as getting them to the restaurant, which means that there is no additional paperwork and document chasing. The needed paperwork only depends on the town you are opening in.
And the last, but not least, is the staff. You need to find chefs and servers, but, because of the nature of the work, you won’t need more than 2 per shift.
I hope that this article helped you at least for the start and for more detailed information and the examples, I suggest you take a look at 10 cool and unique food truck ideas that Insider Monkey’s experts prepared for you.