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Food Advice: Top Tips from Food Truckers who were once Beginners

When times are tough, people get tougher; that’s always a given. People also tend to turn to semi-passive or passive income to shore up their finances. It’s times like these when people turn to food—the food business, specifically, and search for ways on how to peddle their wares more effectively.

During times like these, people research different ways of selling food. One way of selling it is to peddle it on food trucks, those classic, colorful food vehicles started way back. However, how can you make it if you don’t know the right ways to support it? Here are a few tips from people who’ve once been in your shoes.

La Cocinita Food Truck (State Regulations and Permits)

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Having a food truck doesn’t mean you can just park anywhere and start selling your food to customers. There are still lots of papers and regulations to follow; yes, it might be time-consuming, but that’s how business proceeds, no matter how cumbersome it is. Securing permits and papers beforehand can save you from the tedious process down the road.

Luke’s Lobster Food Truck (Available Spaces)

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You also have to watch out where you park your food truck. Some places, like NYC, need food trucks to be parked somewhere designated for such vehicular businesses. It’s just like building a restaurant; you have to put it up where it’s permitted. It seems unfair in some cases, but that’s how it is.

Gillian’s Italian Ice (Costs)

Putting up a business—even in the food industry—will cost you more initially than you expect. That’s also covering fines and other expenses for food trucks. However, planning ahead for these costs (including revenue lost to competition) will make sure that your business survives and eventually grows.

Maricsos Jalisco Food Truck (Available Space)

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Sometimes, it’s a different problem for food trucks; while there are permits for food businesses to run, it’s harder for food trucks since there are no-parking zones and parking spaces where businesses CAN’T operate. Workarounds exist for these problems, such as a common parking area for food trucks.

Champion Cheesesteaks and Organic Oasis Food Trucks (Health Regulations)

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When you’re in the food business, transparency with your food truck’s health permits is a complete requirement. This covers the people handling your food, the condition of your truck, and the comfort room. If you’re parked in a common area, you should cover this right away. The same goes when you’re parked in your own permitted space, but it’s usually not as strict.

A food truck, in a nutshell, is a great mobile business. Food is a must for people and there will always be customers. Just make sure that your business is well-documented, follows regulations, and is legal to run to avoid losing more and not gaining at all.

Business 101 – The Food Truck: What to Know Before buying your Truck

There are many ways to start the food business. You can go for the brick-and-mortar stores, but that’s usually reserved for people with money to spare. Alternatively, you can go for the food truck business which is usually a quicker solution.

Food trucks, however, are a whole other dimension in the food business. Some of the things you do in the food business apply to it, but there are other things you should know too. Learn about them here.

Take the Risk

Food trucks are a bigger, riskier move than putting up a brick-and-mortar store, but they are not as expensive. Physical stores are easier to find and you don’t have to move every time. Food trucks are mobile; they are literally restaurants on trucks. Whether you move or not every time is up to you.

Be Prepared Financially

However cheaper it is to put up a food truck business, it still IS a business, after all; that’s to say that businesses aren’t cheap and the same is true with food trucks. When you start this business, you’re going to look at more costs and money out at the start. If you don’t prepare for all those costs beforehand, you’re planning to fail.

Choose the Right Vehicle

Food trucks are also different in that you should choose carefully. If you pick a second-hand food truck that’s seen better days, be ready to shell out more money on repairs, refurbishing, and just trying to make your truck work. You can buy a second-hand truck to save money, but choose one that’s relatively working and easy to fix.

Food goes with the territory

Planning a food business also requires major due diligence on the part of the owner. If you want to prepare a taco business, you should pick a place other than LA, where taco trucks compete with each other to become the best; if you want to start a hotdog truck, NYC isn’t for you. Think of the theme first before you settle on a place where you’ll sell your food.

Have a steady stream of clients

Food trucks are popular because of their vintage appearance, but that doesn’t mean that people actively seek them. That’s why you should have a client to fall back on when times are tough. Clients like these will give you money on a day when the sales are slow and people aren’t flocking. If you have trouble finding them, seek out places where the need for food is obvious.

Food trucks are also a business. It takes great planning, careful consideration, and a lot of smarts to run it. If you don’t learn to roll with the punches in the same way as when you’re running a physical place, you’re doomed to fail.

I Want to Eat: Top Food Ideas for Food Truck Businesses

A fair warning before you read this: you might get into some serious cravings.

Food has always been a big part of the American culture as it has been a part of a nation’s identity. Each country has its own spices, their own national dishes, and their own flavors. America, as big of a place as it is, has its own specialties, too, but not everything is made into commercial fare.

Starting a food truck business isn’t easy. You have to choose food that will become your main seller. If you haven’t decided on one yet, here are a few food choices that becomes your main seller eventually.

Barbecue

Barbecue has always been a big favorite. Each country has their own versions of it—how to cook it, how to season it, and what makes it taste so special. Food trucks, mostly, benefit from barbecue simply because you can make it great without doing much. Barbecue can also be reimagined to become an entirely new dish.

Hamburgers and Hotdogs

Who doesn’t like good ‘ol hamburger and hotdogs? These have been a popular staple in fast food and diners over the years. They’ve also been an easy to get food during events and American pastimes like football and basketball. Burgers and dogs, like barbecue, is recycled to become something new.

Pizza

The Italian pie has undergone a lot of transformation through the year. From a dish featuring the white (cheese), green (leafy seasoning), and red (tomato sauce) of the Italian flag, the humble pizza can be reimagined in a lot of ways. It’s perfect for food trucks looking for a food concept to make into the central theme of their business.

Grilled Cheese variations

Grilled cheese is a pretty simple sandwich that anyone can make. You just need a toaster, two loaves of bread, and any type of cheese. It’s this simplicity and the ease of making them that’s a big plus for food trucks; you can imagine any type of combinations and you don’t have to make them too complicated.

Desserts

It’s important to have desserts after meals if only because they do taste even better after a hearty meal. The group of food that can be called ‘dessert’ has a lot of choices and any of those is a potential food group for you to make into your theme. It goes without saying that a lot of ideas to be gained from choosing desserts as your food!

Coffee and beverages

Coffee and different iced beverages became even more popular when corner cafes sprouted up like mushrooms. It’s no surprise that they would also be popular food truck fare. Coffee can either be iced or warm, while the possibilities of lots of drinks make it easy to choose any one of them to be the central drink for your food truck.

America’s Best Food Trucks: How and Where to Find the Best Food Trucks in the US

America clearly loves having a good time. Baseball, basketball, football, these are activities best enjoyed with family and friends. Of course, moments like these are only made more memorable with great memories and even greater food. America loves its food; it has always been like that for most of the States.

Just like these states, food trucks started making their love for food known through their concepts. Take a look at some of America’s best food trucks and find out whether you’d want to see them for yourself.

Via 313 in Texas

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Famous for its Motown pies, Via 313 has made Detroit famous again—technically speaking. The best pizza to be served since Detroit had a life comes to you via this food truck. You get the authentic experience—the cheese, toppings, and everything in between, plus the experience as well.

John Mueller Meat Co. in Texas

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Texas sure loves its barbecue, which is why Mueller decided it would be best to serve grilled fare at his food truck. From turkey to pork to beef, you’ve got everything grilled to perfection, dripping with grease and seasoned to meaty goodness. It’s enough to make you pine for a good old Sunday barbecue.

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese in Boston

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You can’t go wrong with Grilled Cheese. That’s something Roxy’s must’ve thought when they decided to put up a grilled cheese truck in Boston. There’s something about cheese that makes things better, whether you sprinkle it with bacon or pair it with soup. That’s just a sampling of Roxy’s menu.

Beavers Coffee n Donuts in Chicago

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At a certain time of the day, you’d expect yourself to be downing cup after cup of Joe. Beaver’s may just be your ticket to staying awake. Located in Chicago, it’s got everything from coffee and donuts to milkshakes. It’s also perfect after downing a particularly delicious deep-dish pizza or similar food.

King of Pops in Atlanta

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The name is deceiving, but if you’re craving for paletas done Latin American style, you’ve come to the right place. Of course, its specialty—popsicles—won’t be missing. Flavors range from pear, vanilla, caramel, and apple to cereal mils and chocolate sea-salt flavored ones.

Taceaux Loceau x in New Orléans

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Don’t let the fancy spelling of the name fool you. This place is serious—as serious as the artwork on the side of their van that screams ‘notice me.’ Their taco offerings are to die for. A recommendation would be the Messin’ with Texas roasted brisket and salsa combo or the Carnital pork and chipotle Knowledge offering.

The saying ‘come for the food, stay for the memories’ is true with these food trucks. The food fusion and the them are truly on lock and it’s hard not to fall in love with these moving restaurants.

The Future Now: Singapore and Ecommerce Ideas for the Future

Singapore has always been at the forefront of e-commerce. It has been one of the leaders in this field in the Southeast Asian and is breaking into the Asian—and by doing this—the World market. Singapore’s e-commerce breakthrough speaks for itself—growing by 11.2%, it’s been steadily making waves and slowly progressing.

With this growth, it’s good to know which categories will fuel it and which ones will not progress to maturity. Which categories will become hot stuff and which ones will not?

Electronics (Gadgets, Laptops, Smartphones)

Of course, what’s e-commerce without a booming market for technological wonders? Electronics accounted for about 27 or 26% of Singapore’s eCommerce. It continues to grow, which is surprising, given that there aren’t too many players in that part of Southeast Asia’s eCommerce scene. This fact hasn’t stopped the scene from thriving.

Media (eBooks, TVs, Online providers)

Media in Singaporean e-commerce is tied to many different categories. Media can refer to software providers such as Microsoft; alternatively, it can also refer to providers operating on the Web. Despite the many web series and Netflix chill movies, the growth for media sales in Singapore isn’t that robust. That having been said, it’s still impressive enough.

Home Appliances (Furniture, electronics, general home appliances)

The Internet of Things is bound to become even bigger as the years progresses and the same is said for furniture bought off the Internet. Singapore’s eCommerce sites have recorded a total of 13.6% last year, with more to come in the future. It’s the future of things too—the time will come when brick-and-mortar furniture stores are replaced by sellers operating on the Web.

Fashion (Shoes, clothes, accessories)

Fashion is big, wherever you put it; it is tied to the need to clothe one’s self. In Singapore, Fashion has experienced a boom at the same time e-commerce has created waves. The Fashion market in e-commerce has grown an impressive 23.2% over the years, with more expected in the near future. Zalora and Decathlon are only a few of the stores that are evidence of this growth.

Hobbies (Toys, collectibles)

Even before e-commerce became big, hobbies were already a big thing. It’s still a niche market even by e-commerce standards, but it’s the ease of buying that the Web gives that makes hobbies big when done on the Web. eCommerce accounts for about 25% of toy and hobby sales.

E-commerce is the future. Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t understand how things are evolving and who knows? In the future, we may even have a computer—through robots—delivering our goods to us.

Food and Culture: The Food that Makes Singapore

In a country, the food sometimes becomes its identity. The people living in the country are the first thing foreigners in that country look to for culture, but the food is what pops out. Foreigners also search for the food when they visit a country, as it’s one of the easily identifiable traits of that country.

Singapore is best known for its food, which has similarities to those of its regional counterparts. Take a look at some of the food choices and see how it evolved to become what people on the streets are looking for.

Singapore’s Island-City status

Singapore was only recently founded; the 60s was its official foundation day as a city. However, it has already traded with its Southeast Asian neighbor even before becoming a city-state. In those days, traders would trade spices and valuable food. It would then influence the food of Singapore into what is commonly seen as hawker fare these days.

The Food Hawkers

You can’t go to Singapore and skip trying out food from the street hawkers. Southeast Asia has its own flavor and it is found on the streets. In Singapore’s case, the street food here is a fusion of food from the city-state’s neighboring countries. Char mee, ayam buah kelak, and Indian curry puff is just a few of these different food.

A very proud citizenship

Because it’s already a part of their culture, Singapore’s citizens are very proud of their food. It’s just that the citizens are pretty proud of their food that they are criticizing it every chance they get—its presentation, how it tastes, and its price most of all. A dollar’s worth of price hike is already an issue to the people.

The Hawkers today

The modern street hawkers can also be very touchy at how people eat the food they prepare. The price hikes can also be justified when you look at it from a modernization perspective; Singapore is quickly becoming globalized and, when imported ingredients become a part of street food, the prices tend to soar.

What the future of street hawking looks like

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Street hawkers evolve along with Singapore. With each younger generation taking to the streets, they have different inputs to already times and tested classics. Food being sold in the streets is already becoming a fusion of local and foreign ingredients. It can only mean good for the businesses and Singapore’s food culture as well.

A look at the past is good for your business’ future. If you think your street stall needs an injection of new ideas, take a look at how the evolution of street food hawking happened and figure out ideas from there.

Food Truck Essentials: Must-have Supplies

Starting a food truck business is not an easy one, there are so many things to prepare and so many things to oversee, sometimes it is easy to overlook some important items. Fret not, we have compiled a list of important items— cooking tools, consumables, cleaning and safety supplies — that you should always have on your food truck before you get started.

Cooking equipments are essential tools you should always with you. The tools you will need will depend on your truck and the type of food you serve. The following are some important items any food truck should have:

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Aluminium foil is an essential on any food truck.
  • Disposable gloves are the number one item that you should have in your food truck. They are the lifeline to your business because they help you maintain food hygiene and keep your food safe for your customers.
  • Aluminium foil can be used for wrapping food for consumption at a later time and it can be used to cover food in the oven.
  • Cling wraps help keep your food fresh and protected from contaminants.
  • Plastic bags could be given to customers for their convenience or used to prolong the lifespan of your food.
  • Containers are an absolute must-have. You can use microwave-able containers to store and reheat food for later.

 

Use cooking oil spray to prevent your food from sticking onto grilles, ranges and woks. Trust us it will make your cleaning later on so much easier.

 

Disposable Serving Supplies

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There are many ways to serve food to your customers. Some food trucks use disposable plates and bowls while others use take-out containers. On top of that, you will need ample utensils and other disposables such as napkins. We highly recommend using biodegradable disposables as they are more environmentally friendly. You can absolutely do your part to help protect the environment while filling hungry stomachs.

Here is a list of serving supplies you will need:

  • Food-Serving Supplies: plates, bowls, take-out containers, trays etc.
  • Disposable Supplies: cutlery, bags, napkins, cups & lids, straws

Safety Shoes & Safety Supplies 

Apart from food-related illnesses, the most dangerous thing that can happen in food trucks are fire and accidents. Here are a few things you should stock in your food truck to prevent any major accidents or injuries:

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A good pair of safety shoes will not only prevent slips and falls and toe stubs in the kitchen, it can also help ease foot pain from long hours of standing.
  • Safety Shoes a good pair of safety shoes will prevent slips & falls at the workplace.
  • Fire extinguishers — ensure that fire extinguishers are serviced regularly. In addition to its importance for safety, it’s also important for passing inspections.
  • First aid kits — accidents are bound to happen when working in a kitchen. Make sure to stock up on the proper equipment especially plasters!

Cleaning supplies 

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Cleaning supplies is an absolute must-have. A clean food truck makes sure that nobody gets sick consuming food from your truck. Also, it helps to you maintain a high standard of food safety and hygiene. You don’t have to worry about food safety inspections if you keep your food truck clean and orderly.

Here’s a list of cleaning supplies you’ll need in your food truck:

  • Trash bags
  • Dish towels
  • Sponges and scrubbers
  • Foodservice chemicals (for equipments like degreasers)
  • Paper towels
  • Hand soap
  • Sanitising chemicals
  • General Purpose Cleaners
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Wet area floor mats
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and mop bucket
  • Heavy duty gloves for washing dishes
  • Labels to keep organised

When starting a food truck, there are so many things to think about and sometimes it is so easy forget certain things. With this list, you can spend less time worrying that you may have forgotten something important. We hope that with this list, you can spend more time planning your menu and designing your kitchen space.

Food Truck Business: How to Hire the Right Food Truck People

They say that owning a business is a sure way to make your path towards riches. If that is the case, owning a food truck is a big help to crossing the threshold between salary-to-salary living and true financial stability. It can also be fun; you get to travel and you can also meet lots of new people.

When you run a business—even a food truck—getting the right kind of people can spell your success. It can also spell your doom if you don’t do it right. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re doing it right.

Be a Good Leader, not just a Boss

–        Ready to take on a new challenge? You should figure out becoming a better boss and an even better leader. The line separating it isn’t that thin, though; you work at it and, eventually, you learn by experience and watching examples.

–        Good leaders know what to do when pressure in the workplace arrives. Have a problem employee? Are the sales down? You know what to do when these arise and you should always think on your toes.

Be a good reviewer

–        Prepare to receive an influx of people who want to get into the food truck business. Some employees want to get experience so they can create their own food trucks later. These employees are the ones you should hire.

–        Competition is always a good thing. If you sense that someone is working for your food truck just to get experience about the industry, let them. They might also turn out to be the help you’ve always wanted and needed.

Be proactive for people who care for the community

–        There will always be skeptics. If an applicant isn’t good for the food truck community, you should not hire them. These people tend to always find something wrong about the community; that’s already a warning sign not to hire them.

–        Find someone not only willing to give, but also want the community to thrive. It can be easy to find these people through words, but you’ll always know them through their actions; they always put the people you serve and the community’s happiness above their own.

These three ideas are a big help in figuring out if the food truck crew you have right now can cut it. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is the best way to make your simple business succeed.

The Food Biz: Knowing when a Food Truck Biz is the Right Biz

There are a lot of businesses you can start. You can start a home rental business if you’ve got some properties. You can start a shoe business if you’re knowledgeable with shoes. Whatever you do, you need the right kind of knowledge to create a business. If you want to enter the food truck business, you need to have the right thinking.

Food trucks always concentrate on the right kind of food. What kind of food will work for your food truck? These, and other questions you should ask, are here below.

On getting a food truck

Getting your first food truck is more important than you think it is. Some people, like those from ‘Not As Famous Cookie Company’, suggest getting a truck that gives you all you need. The people of ‘Kebab Food Truck’ prefers to have a food truck that’s the right size for them, while the people of  ‘Johnny Donuts’ suggests choosing one that’s easy to keep up.

On starting your business

Once you’ve got your food truck, jump starting your roving diner should be simple enough. The challenge is to keep it working; the people of ‘Braizen Food Truck’ suggest you should learn more about your base of operations. Doing this, as ‘Linkz Express’ suggests, is as simple as knowing who your competitors are in an area. The owners of ‘The Green Olive Food Truck’ add that roving around the neighborhood is effective too.

On choosing a food theme

One of the most important things you should figure out when starting in the food truck business is the food you’re selling. The people of ‘Meat on the Street’ vouch for simplicity while ‘Engine 1 Pizza’ has a sure-fire formula; sell food which is popular with the people. The food truck ‘Cool Beans’, meanwhile, settles on having a survey find the popular food they will sell.

Some questions you should ask are also:

On the hours of operation

Will you always be parked on the road, actively seeking out customers? Will you stay in one area? This is an important question because you can always test out new things and possibilities. You could figure out whether you’re going to sell in one area, never going away from it; you could also roam around and always find new customers, keep things fresh.

On how long you intend to keep your business running

Why did you choose to go into the food truck business in the first place? That’s one of the many questions you should ask. Knowing the purpose of your food truck is going to help in making long-term successes in your business. You’ll also develop an identity for your food group.

When you find that most of the answers you give these questions are positive, that’s the time when you take the risk. Putting up a business is one thing; making that business work is another.

Rise of the Machines: How the First Food Truck Came to Be

Food has always been a profitable enterprise. People need to eat and so they will always flock to vendors hawking food. However, that’s where the profit ends and business begins; you can’t always expect people to flock to YOUR food business if you don’t do things to innovate and offer something new.

People will always find something to attract them to your business. That’s how the first food trucks came to be; coming from the search for something new. Here’s a look at the early beginnings of food trucks.

No motors yet

 

The first food truck of modern times was founded 2008 in Los Angeles. However, there were already similar businesses that survived even before that; food wagons existed all those years ago (130 to be exact) that sold food. It was started by a man named Walter Scott who found his first market—the workers of a local Providence newspaper.

Another claimant

That’s just one side of the story; like many inventors, there will always be someone else claiming to be the first. Another story tells of Charles Goodnight, a Texan who claims to have started the ‘food truck’ concept, using his chuck wagon as a mobile food store. His store catered to Western cattle herders in the days of the Old West.

Push carts makes their case heard

They might be a little too small to be considered as ‘trucks,’ but push carts have been around since time immemorial—during the 1600s, to be exact. The New York colony had just received an influx of immigrants and times were hard. A few enterprising locals decided to make extra money by selling food out of push carts being peddled along the beaten path.

From small to big

Today’s modern food trucks range from small ones to big sizes, but they all are competing for a prime chunk of the public’s consciousness. To that end, some of them took to making interesting gimmicks; some food trucks have catered to create dessert masterpieces while others seem to have gourmet offerings catering to the common people.

The future of food trucks

The world became smaller because of the Internet. While food trucks will never run out of business because people will always need to eat, they also need to constantly reinvent themselves. The presence of social media as well as exposure to the world will play a big part in their continued survival.