10 Reasons To Become A Food Truck Owner In 2019


How long have you wanted to become a food truck owner? Has it been weeks? Months? Years?

What’s holding you back?

Perhaps it’s the money aspect since you need funds to start a food truck business. Maybe you just don’t know where to start, or you dread the business side of running a food truck.

Whatever the case might be, another year is about to pass, another year you could have been a food truck owner.

While everyone’s journey is different and there’s likely a reason why you haven’t fully committed yet, here are 10 reasons to become a mobile kitchen owner in 2019.

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10 Reasons To Become A Food Truck Owner In 2019

  • To Escape A Dead-End Job
  • You Will Never Have To Worry About The 9-5 Life Again
  • There’s No Cap On How Much Money You Can Make
  • You’ll Get To Be Your Own Boss
  • Your Life Will Be More Fulfilling
  • You Can Turn Your Food Truck Into A Catering Machine (And Travel To Awesome Events)
  • The Big One: Cook Food For A Living
  • There’s No Need To Put Off Your Dreams Any Longer
  • A Food Truck Business Can Morph Into Bigger Dreams
  • You Can Make A Real Difference

10.) To Escape A Dead-End Job

You might be at a job you love, but if your dream is to become a food truck owner, then you might also be at a dead-end job because it doesn’t lead to you becoming a food truck owner (and there’s no advancement in sight). You won’t escape a dead-end job until you put a plan in place and take action.

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9.) You Will Never Have To Worry About The 9-5 Life Again

The 9-5 has a bad reputation. After all, no one wants to be stuck at a desk doing the same thing five days a week. Well, if you become a food truck owner, you can kiss the 9-5 life goodbye. While food trucks work a lot of hours — a big reason behind that is because they want to — they are typically not stuck in one spot for eight hours a day. They are traveling around town and serving new customers and meeting people they have never met before while making them happy with their food. If nothing else, food trucks typically don’t run on 9-5 schedules.

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8.) There’s No Cap On How Much Money You Can Make

This is one of the biggest reasons why people follow their dreams. Yes, passion plays a big role, but there’s something exciting about working at a job that has no cap on how much money you can make. As a food truck owner, that will definitely be the case for you.

7.) You’ll Get To Be Your Own Boss

Here’s yet another perk that will come true the moment you become a food truck owner. Not everyone is cut out to be an employee and take orders from a manager. As a mobile kitchen owner, you will get to run the show, which means you call all of the shots and your business will be operated exactly how you want it to be operated. Gone will be the days of taking orders from a micromanager.

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6.) Your Life Will Be More Fulfilling

There’s not much glamour (or fulfillment) in working at a job you hate and making someone you don’t like more money. Once you enter the food truck industry, your life will be more fulfilling because you will be doing what you want to do. On top of that, you will get to see all of the smiles when people bite into your amazing food … and that will be a daily occurrence.

5.) You Can Turn Your Food Truck Into A Catering Machine (And Travel To Awesome Events)

Food trucks provide a lot of variety (and streams of income) for the owners. On top of traveling to normal locations on a weekly basis, you can also incorporate catering gigs. Not only will this lead to another stream of income but it will lead to you traveling to awesome events where your food truck steals the show (and gains more customers). Weddings, reunions, festivals, parades, food truck events — no matter where you serve food, everyone will love your meals.

4.) The Big One: Cook Food For A Living

This might be the No. 1 reason why you want to join the food truck industry, for food is your passion and you want nothing more than to cook it for a living. You have amazing recipes and you’re just waiting for a platform to show them all off, and the food truck industry can be that platform. As a food truck owner, you will get to cook food for a living — you will literally get paid for your passion. How cool is that?

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3.) There’s No Need To Put Off Your Dreams Any Longer

You’ve put your dreams off long enough. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to follow your dreams until you take the leap. Now’s the time to get serious about these dreams, create a plan and then take real action. Many people just like you took the leap … and now they are living out their dreams in the food truck industry. You could be next.

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2.) A Food Truck Business Can Morph Into Bigger Dreams

Our dreams tend to change over time. Luckily, a food truck business can morph into bigger dreams, such as owning multiple trucks, creating a brand that’s well-known on a national scale, franchising your trucks or even opening sit-down restaurants. Food trucks are amazing, but a food truck might only be the beginning for you.

1.) You Can Make A Real Difference

Not everyone has a chance to make a real difference at their job, but you can. Sure, on the surface, you’re cooking food for a living, but when you take into account how important food is to people, as well as how one simple meal can turn around a person’s entire day, then you can begin to realize how your future food truck can make a real difference on a daily basis. And that’s really just the beginning.

If you want to become a food truck owner, then make 2019 the year you finally did it. It’s not going to be easy, but as long as you are reasonable with yourself and stick to a plan that’s challenging yet achievable, you could become a food truck owner in no time. The point being, it might take some time to set up your business, but we, at the very least, encourage you to start that process in 2019. A year from now, you will wish you had.

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How to Write a Food Truck Business Plan


If the idea of a business plan leaves you confused and a bit queasy—like you’ve eaten one too many fried Oreos—you’re not alone.  Many first-time and early-stage entrepreneurs like food truck owners skimp on the formalities and neglect to write business plans until it’s time to apply for a loan.

However, your business plan can do a lot more than secure funding—it also serves as a guide to take you through each step of building your business.  You can use your business plan as an accountability tool to make sure you’re staying on track with the goals you’ve set.  As you write down your goals and work through the numbers, you’ll also gain a deeper understanding of what it will really take to turn a profit.

Keep in mind that your business plan should also include growth projections and ideas for expansion.  Be realistic when it comes to profit plans, but dream big as you explore what the future could hold for your truck.  Can you see yourself expanding to a brick and mortar restaurant someday or replicating your truck concept through franchises?  Go ahead and jot those dreams down to give yourself something to work toward and to show others how serious you are about this truck.

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