Is A Food Truck Business Right For You?
If you are interested in being a part of the food industry but are not too keen on opening a restaurant, a food truck may be the perfect solution. Food trucks are popular, profitable and offer you a fair amount of flexibility. And they don’t necessarily have to be run from a truck. Concession trailers and even food carts share many of the same characteristics and can easily start as a part-time gig.
But despite all of the benefits, this may not necessarily be the right business for everyone. Before spending time and money on setting up your food truck, you must take time to determine if this is the right business idea for you.
Consider these questions when making the all important decision of whether you should go for it or consider another business idea.
Can You Work Comfortably In A Cramped Space?
This really is the first factor you must take into consideration. By the time you fit in your pantry, refrigerator, cooking range, and sink, you will have very little actual work space. Besides, you cannot really walk around in the truck. Try and visualize what it would be like working in such a cramped space for several hours every day.
It may not sound like a major hindrance to some individuals but others may find working in a small space very restricting. Which category do you think you fit into?
Are You Prepared To Do The Prep Work And Cleaning Up Yourself?
All restaurants usually have designated staff to handle different duties, but you cannot afford this luxury in a food truck because of space restrictions. This means you and your 2 or 3 helpers will have to handle all chores, from the prep work to the cooking, serving, and cleaning up. You will also have to handle the cash transactions.
You may be the owner of your food truck but you will also be the chef, helper, dishwasher and cashier. If you do not like the idea of multitasking and handling all of these chores, you must rethink your business idea. Hiring somebody else to run the food truck is one way around this problem, but it is not the ideal solution. You will only enjoy huge success with your food truck business if you are a hands-on kind of person and oversee everything personally.
Are You A People Person?
Good food and outstanding service with a smile are crucial to building a long list of loyal customers. No matter how great your food is if you do not take the time to greet your customers and say a few friendly words (even if it is just about the weather), your chances of getting repeat customers will drop drastically.
Are you the kind of person who can strike up a conversation easily with someone you are meeting for the first time? Do you enjoy it or will you have to force yourself to be friendly?
It is important to spend some time to introspect and determine whether or not you have what it takes to run a food truck business. If you can work efficiently in a cramped space, handle several different chores at one time and are a people person, you are definitely on the right track with starting your own food truck business.