15 Timeless FoodTruckr Articles That Are Perfect For New Food Truck Owners

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Being new to the food truck industry is very exciting … but it can also be overwhelming because there’s so much a new food truck owner has to incorporate.

Not to mention, getting used to the long hours isn’t easy for everyone.

We want to help out FoodTruckrs as much as we can, and today we plan on doing that with 15 timeless FoodTruckr articles.

Check them out below and use the strategies in each article wherever you see fit.

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15 Timeless FoodTruckr Articles That Are Perfect For New Food Truck Owners

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15.) How to Run a Food Truck 11: What to Do When You Don’t Have Enough Customers

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First things first—you’re going to need to determine what “enough” customers really looks like. Figuring this out is tough, and it’s made even harder by the fact that your definition of “enough” will likely change throughout your time as a food truck business owner. For instance, “enough” customers when you’re just starting out might be however many meals you need to sell to break even on your expenses—but as your business progresses, it might be however many meals it takes to net you a healthy five-figure salary each year.

14.) How to Run a Food Truck 23: Write the Recipe for Future Success

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Before you can truly fine-tune the perfect recipe for your food truck’s success, you need to figure out what you want to achieve. There are all kinds of awesome paths open to food truck owners, so it’s up to you to determine which option makes the most sense for both you and your business.

13.) 10 Things Food Truck Owners Have To Overcome

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If you want to be a successful food truck owner, then you are likely going to have to put in a ton of hours for an extended period of time. You might be able to rest eventually, but this is not a get-rich-quick scheme, and many owners seem to work double-digit hours for five to seven days a week. Even if you do work that many hours, that does not mean you will succeed.

12.) How to Run a Food Truck 18: Be Consistent

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Maintaining consistent pricing and delivering consistently excellent service are a couple of the easiest practices to implement early on—and once you’ve mastered these, you can move on to more challenging tasks like setting up a consistent schedule for your truck and posting consistently on social media. Mistakes will happen, so you shouldn’t get discouraged if something comes up that throws off your regular routine. Instead, you should focus on figuring out what you can reasonably expect to do consistently and spend your energy making those things happen.

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11.) How to Run a Food Truck 08: Show Customers How Much You Care

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There’s one thing you need to understand before you start trying to connect with your customers—your food truck is more than just a place to grab some lunch. An understanding of this simple fact is crucial. Without it, you’ll find yourself wondering why it’s so important to build relationships that extend beyond “Hi, how are you today?” and “Here’s your order. Thanks for stopping by.”

10.) How to Run a Food Truck 25: Set Up a Catering Business

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Once you’ve gotten a better handle on what it’s really going to take to set up a catering business in your city, you should spend time thinking about what kinds of catering opportunities you’re most interested in pursuing. Many food truck owners will serve all types of events so they can get as many clients as possible—while others prefer to focus specifically on one type of client, such as weddings or corporate events, so that they can offer very streamlined and tailored services. Either approach can be a great strategy for your business, but you need to carefully consider which option you’ll enjoy most and which option has the most income potential for your truck before you begin.

9.) How to Run a Food Truck 14: Keep Up with Industry Trends

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As a food truck owner who’s working long days and spending the majority of your free time on your business, it can be tough to get away long enough to keep up with the daily news or to take a stroll and hit that awesome new food truck park everyone’s been talking about. However, taking just a couple hours each week to see what’s going on in the rest of the food truck industry can have huge benefits for your business. Whether you choose to follow along with new trends or simply use them to draw inspiration for your next big idea, it’s important to stay up-to-date on what’s going on with other food trucks. Here are four ways that learning about what’s happening in the industry can benefit your business.

8.) 10 Ways Food Truck Owners Can Break Up Their Days

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There are many benefits to journaling, and one of the biggest ones is reflecting. This is a step that not enough people do, a step that we should incorporate into our routines more. You see, most people only reflect once per year — around New Year’s Eve, that is — and while some reflection is better than no reflection, if you make this a more routine practice, you will be able to catch mistakes and problems quicker. You might even be able to stop something bad from happening or turn your sales around well before the year is over.

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7.) How to Run a Food Truck 13: Stay Motivated Through the Winter

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Before you tackle any other problem in your business (be it a lack of customers, a route full of icy roads, or a grumbling employee), you need to be motivated and feeling good about your business and yourself. Your attitude has a direct influence on your team members and customers and how they all feel about your truck—and, most importantly, it also influences your own behavior and how effectively you can do your own job. Try these four strategies to get your head back in the game and to get yourself feeling excited about life as a food truck owner once again.

6.) How to Run a Food Truck 12: Overcome Roadblocks

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For a FoodTruckr, the word “roadblock” has a very specific meaning—and it’s one that doesn’t have to do with giant branches or orange and white signs left sitting in the street. Rather, a roadblock is a temporary challenge that may seem disastrous at first sight, but can be navigated around with care. Let’s look at a few examples:

5.) How to Run a Food Truck 10: Perform Preventive Food Truck Maintenance

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Up first, we’ve got four winter-specific food truck maintenance tips that every food truck owner who will be staying out on the road during cold weather should take care of immediately. You should be able to take care of most (if not all) of these measures yourself, so set aside a couple hours this weekend to give your truck a little TLC!

4.) Productivity Tips For Food Truck Owners

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Delegation is a different process for every owner. Nonetheless, in a nutshell, it is when you give some of your tasks/work to your employees (or manager, if you have one). Now, when first starting your business, you’re probably going to be afraid to delegate tasks, because your food truck is your baby, and you are probably going to want to try to make everything perfect, by your standards.

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3.) How to Run a Food Truck 09: Prepare for the Off-Season

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Naturally, this is a pretty timely issue for many of you—winter is quickly approaching, and the temperatures have already begun dropping in areas all around the country. Fortunately, the end of warm weather doesn’t have to spell the end of a booming food truck business for you. We’ve got several alternative options you can pursue, and we’ll also explain how to choose the best path for your business in today’s lesson. Let’s get started right away!

2.) How to Run a Food Truck 01: Train Your Food Truck Employees

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So, what’s up first on the menu? Training your employees so that you can make sure everyone on your team is on the same page when it comes to running your truck. Let’s begin by looking at one of the most important things you’ll need to teach your team members—the culture behind your food truck.

1.) 50 Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

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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?

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