Everyone has different thought processes and everyone’s business is different.
After all, fall might be approaching and the busy season is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean every food truck is going to take the fall, winter and spring months off. Some food trucks stay open year-round. Some don’t. Some wait until the temperatures are consistently low before slowing down business.
However, since fall is approaching, we wanted to go over 10 things that might be on a food truck owner’s mind (or will be at some point during the fall months).
Maybe you can relate, maybe you can’t.
10 Things That Might Be On A Food Truck Owner’s Mind With Fall Approaching
- Everyday Sales
- The Busy Season Coming To An End
- Rolling Out Seasonal Treats
- Landing One More Catering Job
- I Am (Or Am Not) Going To Reach My Goals
- It’s Time To Launch A New Strategy
- Is It Going To Be Fall Already?
- Taking It Meal By Meal
- I Love My Job
- I Need A Vacation
10.) Everyday Sales
It’s always about the sales. Sales dictate what you can and can’t do at your business, and they also let you know how much money you make in one way or another. Whether sales are down, up or right where they need to be, they are likely on a food truck owner’s mind … not just with fall approaching but all the time. Many business owners always have numbers on their mind — it’s only natural.
9.) The Busy Season Coming To An End
With the busy season coming to an end, you might be happy since you can finally take your foot off the gas pedal because the end, if you will, is near … or you might be stressed because the busy season is near and you haven’t met your goal in the money department. Then again, you might stay open year-round, so the work might never stop for you, and fall approaching might not mean anything more than a change on the calendar.
8.) Rolling Out Seasonal Treats
Many food truck and restaurant owners roll out seasonal treats this time of the year. In fact, the flavor of fall is already starting to take over. That’s right, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has already been unleashed. Nonetheless, with fall on the way, you might be thinking about a new seasonal treat you can incorporate, or you might even be thinking about having a completely different menu for this time of the year. In one way or another, a change in food could be on your mind.
7.) Landing One More Catering Job
You might have a catering service that thrives and you might not. You might also not incorporate catering at your food truck. With fall approaching and winter right behind it, you might be in search of one more catering job to increase sales and get your food truck’s name out there. Or you might be trying to schedule out multiple catering gigs for the winter months while your truck is creating some buzz.
6.) I Am (Or Am Not) Going To Reach My Goals
Some people make many small goals, some people only make a couple of large goals and others incorporate a combination of both. Regardless, fall is knocking on the door — and so is the offseason — so your goals are likely in the back of your mind during this time of the year. And you might be happy that you’re going to reach all of your goals … or the opposite.
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5.) It’s Time To Launch A New Strategy
Whether you already have a plan in place to start a new strategy around this time of the year or you think now is the time to do something new in hopes of achieving your 2018 goals, fall marks a point in time for a change for many business owners, and mobile kitchen owners are no exception. What’s going to be your new strategy this fall?
4.) Is It Going To Be Fall Already?
You might be so busy at your food truck that you didn’t even realize it was already going to be fall, or you might be the type of person who doesn’t celebrate seasons, or you might be the type of person saying fall is still, like, a month away. Fall, believe it or not, is less than a month away.
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3.) Taking It Meal By Meal
Going off of some of the points above, you might take it day by day, or week by week, or meal by meal. You don’t have time to think about fall, the busy season ending or anything remotely related to the time change — you have food to cook, customers to serve and a business to run. That’s all that matters at this point in time.
2.) I Love My Job
Now that things are starting to wind down (although that’s not the case for every owner), you will actually have time to reflect. During this reflection period, you might be thinking this: I love my job. After all, the food truck industry has so much to offer to chefs and business owners alike. You’re making food for a living and you’re making so many people happy in the process. What’s better than that?
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1.) I Need A Vacation
More likely than not, you put in some serious work all spring and summer long, and with fall approaching, your only thought is … I need a vacation. This industry is not for the faint of heart, as so many food truck owners have experienced. There’s so much that needs to happen to make a food truck business a success, and all of these different ingredients can burn out even the most motivated and determined people in the industry. A vacation is likely in store. Then again, you’re a food truck owner, and there’s still plenty of work that needs to be done to make all of your dreams come true, so a vacation and time off can wait.
No matter what you’re thinking with fall approaching, we hope you see a large amount of success today, tomorrow and every day after that. We hope you reach all of your goals and dreams. We also hope you’re enjoying the process every step of the way and love what you’re doing.
The food truck industry takes a lot of hard work and consistent habits to be a success, and you might be burning out as a result. In the spirit of that thinking, we hope the article below can help you out (preview and link included).
It’s easy for professionals in any field to get burnt out from working long hours and trying to keep up with all of their personal responsibilities at home, but balancing work and life is especially challenging for entrepreneurs who often feel pressured to spend all of their waking hours improving their businesses. And as a food truck owner, there’s always a long list of new things you could be working on to better your truck (New social media strategies! Improving your recipes! Analyzing your progress!).
Though we advise spending some time outside of your service hours every week working on these things, it’s essential to keep your time spent on the business restricted to specific allotted times. It can be tough to shut off the work switch when there’s still a thousand things you could be doing, but there comes a point when you have to make yourself close the books, step away from your computer, and go do something unrelated to your food truck.
Here’s why: Even if you’re not feeling exhausted by your work, chances are good that you’re not your most productive and effective self when you’re working your ninth day in a row without ever having taken some substantial time off. It’s good to love your work so much that you don’t want to disengage from it (and in fact, a passion for your craft is one of the best reasons to start a food truck in the first place!). However, there are undoubtedly tasks you have to complete in an average day that aren’t refreshing or rejuvenating you (answering emails, scrubbing your grills clean, driving around and around looking for a parking spot), and it’s important to give yourself time off every so often in order to ward off the effects of cumulative stress buildup from tiny, mundane tasks!
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