Throwback Thursday: FoodTruckr’s 5 Most-Viewed Articles Of All Time

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For this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, we wanted to highlight our five most-viewed articles of all time.

Our hope is that these articles can bring you plenty of information that will — ideally — help you with your food truck business. On top of that, we also hope they can inspire and motivate you to achieve more success with your business … and come up with new strategies as well.

With summer approaching fast, we also wanted to say good look conquering the busy season, and we hope you have your most successful summer yet.

Note: We’re going to feature a sneak peek of each article and also give out the link to each article. We encourage food truck owners to click on every link so they can see what every piece has to offer.

Throwback Thursday: FoodTruckr’s 5 Most-Viewed Articles Of All Time

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How to Start a Food Truck 11: Calculate Profit Margins

Sneak Peek Of The Article:

“In last week’s “How to Start a Food Truck” post, we talked about setting goals for your food truck business. Goals are an important component of every entrepreneur’s journey. They dictate where you’re heading, and in an industry as complex as the food truck business, you need a clear direction and roadmap to keep your truck from getting lost in the middle of nowhere.

“However, planning for your food truck journey is about more than dreaming and imagining what success will look like; it’s also about doing the research and performing the necessary calculations to know whether or not a food truck is really a viable business option for you. Determining the profit margin you’ll need to succeed is a key ingredient to that understanding. And that’s the lesson we’ll tackle today: we’re going to show you how to calculate the profit margins you’ll need to thrive as a food truck owner.

“If you read our earlier article on writing a food truck business plan, today’s lesson will help you find many of the answers you need to complete that document. Figuring out how much you need to sell and how much you should charge for each item on your menu is very much related to the “Marketing and Sales” and “Financial Projections” sections of your business plan—and the answers to these questions will also help you ensure that a food truck is really right for you.

“First up on today’s agenda, we’ll look at the key factors that determine how much you should charge.”

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How to Start a Food Truck 07: Learn About Commissaries

Sneak Peek Of The Article:

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“What is a commissary? Here’s the short version: a commissary is an established commercial kitchen where FoodTruckrs and other food service providers can go to prepare and store food. Many food trucks and mobile vendors also park their vehicles and store their equipment at commissaries overnight.

“Some food truck owners use commissaries because they’re convenient—renting space in a commissary where you can cook and prepare your food is more affordable in the short-term than building a functional, up-to-code commercial space of your own. And remember—many FoodTruckrs opt for mobile restaurants instead of brick and mortar locations simply because they’re looking for a low-cost way to enter the food industry.

“However, other food truck owners use commissaries because they’re required to do so by the local city or county health departments. In most cities, you’re not allowed to prepare or store food that you’ll be selling in your home—and some cities won’t even allow you to make food on the truck. If that’s the case, you must store your food, and often your truck, at a kitchen that is licensed for commercial use.

“Wondering where you can find a commercial kitchen space to store your famous steak burrito fixins and to prep your salsa verde? Read on to learn about the most common types of commissaries for food truck owners.”

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How to Start a Food Truck 19: Organize Your Licenses and Permits

Sneak Peek Of The Article:

“Can you believe summer is almost here? Food truck season is officially upon us, the warm weather is here to stay, and today’s lesson marks the end of Unit 5 on making your business official in the “How to Start a Food Truck” series. If you’ve been following along, you’re getting a lot closer to the reality of cruising the streets and serving hungry customers. Keep up the great work!

“There was a lot of legal mumbo jumbo in last week’s lesson as we explained how to register your food truck business as a legal entity, and today’s lesson on licenses and permits will have a lot of the same. We know, we know—it’s complicated information and it’s not as fun as testing your recipes or buying your food truck was. Nonetheless, it’s all necessary work, and we again recommend bookmarking this installment in the series so that you can refer back to it as you begin going through all the paperwork for your business.

“So, what’s on today’s menu? We’ll walk you through some of the licenses and permits that you’ll need to sell food from a food truck, as well as some of the requirements you must fulfill as an employer. Then, we’ll show you how to stay organized and keep everything together while you’re researching the local requirements in your area and applying for various documentation.

“Let’s get those food truck wheels rolling!”

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How to Start a Food Truck 15A: Buy or Lease a Food Truck

Sneak Peek Of The Article:

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“Buy a New Truck

“For food truck owners with a healthy nest egg or a reliable financer backing their endeavors, new food trucks could be the way to go. Find a brand new truck that suits your dream or find someone who can build a custom truck for you with the exact equipment and layout you need inside.

“The Perks: With a new food truck, you won’t have to worry about costly breakdowns and major repairs until you’ve driven many, many miles. There’s no need to be concerned about whether or not the last owner really took care of the truck, and you’ll probably receive an enticing warranty to protect you in the case of an emergency over the next few years. And of course, if you opt for the custom route, you can design your truck to be set up any way you want so that cooking is as convenient, efficient, and enjoyable as possible.

“The Risks: New food trucks are costly, so you need to be sure you absolutely have enough funds available before making a pricy decision like this one. You’ll also probably be waiting longer to have a custom food truck built and shipped to you than you would if you chose a used truck or an already-built new food truck. Since you’ll have invested a lot more initially in your truck (particularly if it’s a custom build), it may also be awhile before you can afford to renovate your truck or add new equipment—so you should try to make sure that the layout and pieces you start out with will last you for at least the first few years.”

50 Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

Sneak Peek Of The Article:

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“Do you remember the enthusiasm you felt upon that initial spark: “Hey! I should open a food truck!” What would you say to yourself now, these many moons later? Would you warn yourself off, or encourage yourself forward? We at FoodTruckr wanted to know, and we bet you do too. So we asked food truck owners from across the country one simple question: What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before you started your food truck? Oh boy, did you all deliver with the advice! From the cynical to the hilarious, you shared tremendously practical insights for any aspiring food truck owner (or those that may want some reminders). This is precisely the type of knowledge we here at FoodTruckr aspire to curate and share in our quest to offer the ultimate business resource for the entire food truck owner community. The advice starts with can’t miss business fundamentals.”

Whether you’re new to the industry, have been a food truck owner for years or are hoping to start up a food truck business in the future, we hope the information above can help you out along the way.

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