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.