FoodTruckr | How to Start and Run a Successful Food Truck Business https://foodtruckr.com Tue, 11 Sep 2018 18:49:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FoodTruckr | How to Start and Run a Successful Food Truck Business FoodTruckr | How to Start and Run a Successful Food Truck Business pat@foodtruckr.com pat@foodtruckr.com (FoodTruckr | How to Start and Run a Successful Food Truck Business) 2014 | Flynndustries, LLC How to Start, Run and Grow a Successful Food Truck Business FoodTruckr | How to Start and Run a Successful Food Truck Business http://foodtruckr.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/ftr-podcast.png https://foodtruckr.com 3 Ways To Not Go Through The Motions In The Food Truck Industry https://foodtruckr.com/2018/09/3-ways-to-not-go-through-the-motions-in-the-food-truck-industry/ https://foodtruckr.com/2018/09/3-ways-to-not-go-through-the-motions-in-the-food-truck-industry/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 18:49:07 +0000 https://foodtruckr.com/?p=13782 Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a post from Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is the President/CEO of Prestige Food Trucks, which is the world’s leading custom food truck manufacturer. In his current role as President/CEO, Jeremy manages dozens of employees, interacts with clients, and maintains a healthy relationship with all of his business partners. Since Prestige, Jeremy has […]

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Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a post from Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is the President/CEO of Prestige Food Trucks, which is the world’s leading custom food truck manufacturer. In his current role as President/CEO, Jeremy manages dozens of employees, interacts with clients, and maintains a healthy relationship with all of his business partners. Since Prestige, Jeremy has launched many other successful companies.

We all do it. We all find ourselves going through the motions, even when we’re working at our dream jobs or pursuing a path we wanted to go down.

Going through the motions is inevitable.

However, below we will be featuring three ways to not go through the motions in the food truck industry.

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3 Ways To Not Go Through The Motions In The Food Truck Industry

  • Be Present
  • Change Things Up
  • Create An Environment That You Love

3.) Be Present

This is easier said than done. After all, it’s not always easy to enjoy the moment, live in the present and forget about worries and problems.

We understand that, but you can stay off of your cell phone and engage with your employees and customers. You can also focus on the task at hand, which likely involves taking orders and making food.

You can’t be in two places at once — no one can. Give your food truck business all of your attention while you are working. This will help you not go through the motions because you will be focused on the present and what’s going on at your truck.

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2.) Change Things Up

There are people who stick to a routine minute by minute and hour by hour … and there are people who don’t.

Nonetheless, you are your own boss and you own your business, so you can change things up however you would like and however many times you want. This could involve incorporating food truck events and catering gigs from time to time, venturing to new locations, staying open at different times of the day or whatever it might be.

When we do the same things over and over again, we tend to get complacent and go through the motions. We go into autopilot mode. By changing things up (however you see fit for your business), this will happen less often.

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RELATED: Ingredients You Should Incorporate As Your Food Truck Business Grows

1.) Create An Environment That You Love

While all of these things are easier said than done, it’s all about incorporating new strategies and figuring out what does and doesn’t work for you and what will also lead to success at your food truck business. With that in mind, it might take some time to create an environment that you not only love but that your customers and employees also love.

Many successful food truck owners create communities and businesses that people actually want to be at. They feel a certain way when they venture to these food trucks (kind of like the pleasure people get when walking into a coffee shop).

There’s no reason why you can’t do this as well.

By creating a friendly environment that you love, you will want to be present at your food truck and every day will be an adventure (if you will). In the process, you will likely go through the motions less.

If you liked this article, then we encourage you to share your feedback, advice, questions and/or stories below!

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FoodTruckr is the #1 online destination for current and aspiring food truck owners looking to succeed in the mobile food industry. Self described “food truck devotees,” the FoodTruckr team enjoys reading about successful entrepreneurs, salivating over photos of burritos on Twitter, and long walks through food truck parks. Chat with FoodTruckr on Facebook or check out the FoodTruckr School podcast for more awesome tips to level up your business.

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The Best FoodTruckr Advice For Mobile Kitchen Owners From Last September https://foodtruckr.com/2018/09/the-best-foodtruckr-advice-for-mobile-kitchen-owners-from-last-september/ https://foodtruckr.com/2018/09/the-best-foodtruckr-advice-for-mobile-kitchen-owners-from-last-september/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 22:39:46 +0000 https://foodtruckr.com/?p=13940 Reflection and the act of looking back can help us gain some perspective on our current lives, and it can also help us devise new strategies along the way. Going along with that thinking, we wanted to dive back to the past and highlight some of the best advice FoodTruckr dished out last September. The […]

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Reflection and the act of looking back can help us gain some perspective on our current lives, and it can also help us devise new strategies along the way.

Going along with that thinking, we wanted to dive back to the past and highlight some of the best advice FoodTruckr dished out last September. The hope is that this information will help you out during September 2018 and the months that follow.

Check out the previews below and make sure to click on every link to sink your teeth into each article.

The Best FoodTruckr Advice For Mobile Kitchen Owners From Last September

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3 Tips Aspiring Food Truck Business Owners Have To Follow

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Many people start a business with a “sell date” in mind. However, if you want to become a food truck owner, then this might be your final stop when it comes to your dream. Of course, your dream is going to change as you achieve more and more success. That tends to be the case for any industry. For instance, you might want to own five food trucks, or you might want to incorporate a sit-down restaurant. Whether the case, you have to create a business that you will love.

3 Reasons Why Food Truck Owners Should Never Give Up On Their Goals

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There’s nothing worse (from a job standpoint, that is) than waking up each and every morning and dreading going to work, and then dreading everything about work once you are there. You took a stand to live a more fulfilling life, to create a legacy, by becoming a food truck owner. This was the ultimate move, and you did it. You became a chef in a booming industry as opposed to being miserable at a job you did not care for (yes, everyone is different, and there are plenty of folks who loved their previous jobs when they weren’t in the food truck industry, or perhaps weren’t just owners yet).

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3 Ways To Incorporate A Side Hustle In The Food Truck Industry

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Sell Product: In terms of selling product, we mean selling your food in bulk on top of actually cooking it and serving your customers as they order. For example, let’s say your food truck makes the best jelly. Well, you could sell said jelly in jars on the side. You could also sell shirts, hats, bottle openers or things of that nature; however, if you give that type of stuff away for free, it could lead to brand awareness. Nonetheless, selling some of your items in bulk (where you see fit, of course) could be your form of side hustle.

3 Basic Business Tips For Success In The Food Truck Industry

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This basic business tip needs to be followed every single day — hustle. If you get complacent in this industry, or start going through the motions with zero passion in sight, people will notice, such as your customers or your employees (you know, people who you are supposed to be leading, managing and motivating).

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3 FoodTruckr Ingredients That Will Completely Change Your Mobile Kitchen Game In The Best Possible Way

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As a friendly reminder, you can never gain too much knowledge (no matter what industry we are talking about), especially if you want to climb to the top of success mountain. You have to constantly be thinking of ways to make your food truck business better. In fact, all aspects of your business need to be all-star worthy. Of course, we know that is easier said than done, and we also understand that it’s a process — making your food truck business better, that is.

What Do You Want Your Legacy To Be, Food Truck Owners?

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Yes, you have pulled off quite the feat by joining this wonderful industry, by becoming a food truck owner, by following your passions and dreams … but that should not be the final destination, if you will. After all, you have to constantly be revising your goals and dreams — well, if you want to continue your growth, and achieve more and more success. Entering the food truck industry should be the beginning of your journey — because it realistically is.

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3 Reasons Why Your Food Truck Business Should Hire A Social Media Expert

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If you hire a social media expert, then you can rest assured that your business’ social media game is being crushed. After all, your expert will only have to focus on social media, which means he/she can focus in on all of the latest trends (such as live streaming) and apply them to your social media networks.

What Data Can Tell Us About The State Of The Food Truck Industry

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While the restaurant industry has steadily climbed at a yearly growth of roughly 2 percent in recent years, the food truck sector has skyrocketed, growing at an annual 7.9 percent over the past five years. With at least 4,000 trucks employing 14,000 workers throughout the U.S., food trucks are one of the fastest growing segments in the food industry. Everyone from commuters to Sunday brunchers to families, locals and tourists flock to these establishments in cities like Portland, which holds the title for most food trucks per capita, boasting an estimated 500 total trucks. Runners-up include Austin, Seattle and San Francisco. Although coastal cities and college towns currently attract the most trucks, market researchers predict food truck demand to start expanding further into the suburbs in the coming years, so there should be plenty of hungry patrons to go around.

Breakfast Food Truck Items That Will Turn You Into A Morning Person

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With that in mind, there are things that help people manage the pains of waking up early in the morning, such as a nice cup of coffee (pumpkin spice latte, anyone?), or an amazing breakfast meal, and that’s what this article is all about.

We are about to unleash some breakfast food truck items, if you will, that will make you become a morning person. If you live near one of these trucks, then make sure to order one of these breakfast meals ASAP. If you don’t, then make sure to book a trip and then venture to one of these trucks. Your morning mood will get a serious boost — trust us.

Florida Food Trucks That Foodies Need To Try Immediately

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The Florida food truck scene is awesome, which is why we will be visiting said Florida food truck scene today in the form of previewing three trucks that you need to visit — and eat at — ASAP. You know, if you fancy yourself a lover of food.

With that, we will say this: There are so many food trucks in Florida, so only picking three is quite the feat. Nonetheless, if you live in Florida, or plan on visiting in the near future, you need to sink your teeth into the three food trucks below. Your taste buds will certainly thank you.

Don’t Make These Mistakes If You Are A Food Truck Business Owner

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Social media tends to go under the radar a lot in the food truck industry, and when times get tough (and extremely busy), this is the first place mobile kitchen owners tend to do their sacrificing. Of course, that’s not the case for every single food truck owner.

Social media needs to be part of your business plan, and you really should be making some killer social media strategies, for it can lead to you interacting/engaging with your customers … and it could also lead to you gaining and retaining new customers. Social media is a great place to reach your target audience with minimal time, effort and money.

Whether it’s reflecting, brainstorming, coming up with new ideas and strategies or whatever it might be, we hope these articles from September 2017 can do you wonders during September 2018. And we also hope you’re well on your way to achieving your 2018 goals.

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FoodTruckr is the #1 online destination for current and aspiring food truck owners looking to succeed in the mobile food industry. Self described “food truck devotees,” the FoodTruckr team enjoys reading about successful entrepreneurs, salivating over photos of burritos on Twitter, and long walks through food truck parks. Chat with FoodTruckr on Facebook or check out the FoodTruckr School podcast for more awesome tips to level up your business.

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Ingredients You Should Incorporate As Your Food Truck Business Grows https://foodtruckr.com/2018/09/ingredients-you-should-incorporate-as-your-food-truck-business-grows/ https://foodtruckr.com/2018/09/ingredients-you-should-incorporate-as-your-food-truck-business-grows/#respond Thu, 06 Sep 2018 21:25:19 +0000 https://foodtruckr.com/?p=13941 Achieving success is not an easy feat in the food truck industry, yet here you are … doing exactly that. Now that you’re starting to see success, you might be wondering how you can sustain said success and even grow from here. In hopes of helping you out in that department, we came up with […]

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Achieving success is not an easy feat in the food truck industry, yet here you are … doing exactly that.

Now that you’re starting to see success, you might be wondering how you can sustain said success and even grow from here.

In hopes of helping you out in that department, we came up with 10 ingredients you should incorporate as your food truck business grows.

Check them out below!

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Ingredients You Should Incorporate As Your Food Truck Business Grows

  • Quality Across The Board
  • Make It All About The Customers
  • Proper Food Truck Maintenance
  • Be Innovative
  • But Also Consistent With Your Efforts
  • Do Everything In Your Power To Avoid Burnout
  • Learn More About Your Competition And Customers
  • Maximize Your Social Media Networks And Website
  • Figure Out What Works For Your Business
  • Try To Enjoy The Process

10.) Quality Across The Board

Many businesses take a drop in the quality department as they start to grow. This might deal with the fact that businesses can’t keep up with demand, or it might be because they think they can cut corners without their customers noticing.

Well, in the food truck industry, your customers will definitely start noticing if your quality takes a hit in the food department. And that should be the last thing you want since you’re a chef and cooking is your passion.

Whether it’s the customer service department, food department or whatever it might be, you have to have quality across the board during your food truck journey. If not, your customers will notice and they can simply take their business elsewhere.

9.) Make It All About The Customers

When you own a food business, it’s all about the customers.

Constantly getting feedback, whether it be via social media or in person, is essential if you plan on growing your business.

With that said, customer service is an area that you should always be working on. If your customers are happy, then that happiness can spread in the form of good reviews and recommendations (and of course increasing sales as well).

Looking to take your food truck business to the next level? If so, then The Food Truck Growth Kit has your name written all over it!

8.) Proper Food Truck Maintenance

This is something that no one wants to think about, but it’s something that can hurt your business if it’s not done properly (or at all).

We understand that proper food truck maintenance can go under the radar when your lines are flooding with people and you’re achieving success, but the last thing you want is something to go wrong at your truck. Especially if you’re on your way to a catering gig or food truck location, because that could hurt your credibility and also crush your sales for however many days your truck is in the shop.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

We encourage FoodTruckrs to check out this article for more help in this department.

7.) Be Innovative

The food truck industry is all about being innovative in the kitchen. If you want to continue seeing success, then we encourage you to keep the innovation train going, whether you come up with a new food item, incorporate new social media/marketing strategies, incorporate a new service or whatever it might be.

You have to persuade your customers to come back for more, and there are many ways to achieve that goal. It all starts with your food, which you might not have to change up at all since your customers want to order the same thing every time, or it could come in the form of innovation (such as a new service).

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6.) But Also Consistent With Your Efforts

At the same time, you have to be consistent with your efforts. While it might work for some owners, if you’re constantly changing things, then you’re, more likely than not, going to throw your customers off.

Being consistent with your efforts, of course, means continuing to travel from location to location, doing catering gigs, updating social media networks, etc. The point being, if you want to continue to grow your business, then you have to continue to do the things you’ve been doing to see the results. You have to continue to put in the work.

Consistent hard work is the name of the game.

5.) Do Everything In Your Power To Avoid Burnout

When you’re constantly at your food truck business and putting in long hours, burnout tends to make an appearance.

That’s why work-life balance is so important in an industry such as the food truck industry. It’s also important to make this job as enjoyable as possible, which could come in the form of entering catering gigs you want to enter, making your food truck a friendly community, delegating work to your employees and the list could go on and on.

While it’s not always easy to take a vacation in this industry (or as a business owner), you have to find a healthy balance between your work and your life. It’s okay to take breaks from time to time.

4.) Learn More About Your Competition And Customers

If you want to continue growing your food truck business, then you can never stop learning, which means you can never stop learning about your competition and customers.

What is your competition doing well that you could do at your food truck business? Do you see any glaring mistakes that they are making, mistakes you also need to avoid?

What about your customers? What type of feedback are they giving you and your business? How can you fix the mistakes, improve your business and satisfy your customers?

We understand how busy things can get and sometimes it’s hard to escape the day-to-day duties in the food truck industry, but you can never stop learning if you want to make all of your goals and dreams come true.

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3.) Maximize Your Social Media Networks And Website

A well-rounded food truck owner will not only have a thriving food truck but will also maximize his or her social media networks and website. If you rarely engage with your customers on social media or don’t post at all, then you’re missing out on a big opportunity with your customers and might not be retaining as many as you would like … for starters. Likewise, if you don’t update your website with relevant information or at all, then you’re missing out on a big opportunity to engage, entertain and inform your customers, followers and fans.

Many successful food truck owners maximize their social media and website, and you should as well.

2.) Figure Out What Works For Your Business

With everything said, you need to figure out what works for your food truck business. What works for one food truck owner … might not work for the next. Not to mention, this is your business and you have every right to run it however you would like.

Therefore, changing up the menu (and other strategies) on a routine basis might do wonders at your business. Or you might keep the menu the same on a yearly basis and see a massive amount of success in the process.

Figure out what works for your business and then run with it.

1.) Try To Enjoy The Process

You became a food truck owner because it was your dream and you wanted to do something you enjoy for a living. While running a business comes with a lot of headaches, we hope you’re enjoying the process. You can make this business anything you want to make it. At the end of the day, you’re cooking food for a living and making so many people happy in the process, and we hope this dream is everything you wanted it to be.

The moment the passion starts to die, the moment you need to start making changes.

We hope the ingredients above can help you out in the success department in a big way, and we encourage food truck owners to use the above strategies however they see fit (or all of them!).

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If you liked this article, then we encourage you to share your feedback, advice, questions and/or stories below!

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About the Author

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FoodTruckr is the #1 online destination for current and aspiring food truck owners looking to succeed in the mobile food industry. Self described “food truck devotees,” the FoodTruckr team enjoys reading about successful entrepreneurs, salivating over photos of burritos on Twitter, and long walks through food truck parks. Chat with FoodTruckr on Facebook or check out the FoodTruckr School podcast for more awesome tips to level up your business.

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Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a post from Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is the President/CEO of Prestige Food Trucks, which is the world’s leading custom food truck manufacturer. In his current role as President/CEO, Jeremy manages dozens of employees, interacts with clients, and maintains a healthy relationship with all of his business partners. Since Prestige, Jeremy has launched many other successful companies.

There comes a time and place when a business owner is ready to hire a manager at his/her startup, and the food truck industry is no exception.

With that in mind, we want you to ponder this question: Is it time to hire a manager for your food truck business?

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That question ultimately comes down to what you want your day-to-day life to be at your food truck and also if you’re wanting to open multiple food truck businesses.

After all, if you want to be less hands-on with your business, then a manager likely needs to make an appearance because this person will take over the daily operations. If you’re wanting to open another mobile kitchen, then you won’t be able to be in two places at once, so you will, of course, have to hire at least one manager for the second truck while you manage the first one (or vice versa).

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This question will come up in many different scenarios. For example, you might finally have the money to pay for a food truck manager and also think this is the next logical step. You might also be burned out and want to have someone come in and take over for you. You might simply need a reliable manager/employee to come in and help you with catering gigs, food truck events, weekly locations and things of that nature because business is booming. You might even want to focus on other projects at your business while a manager takes over.

If your business is growing and you’re also at the point where you’re working more hours than you want to work, then a manager could be the solution.

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There are many reasons to hire a manager for your food truck business, and the reasons can change from one food truck owner to the next.

We will leave you with this question: Has your business reached that point?

If you liked this article, then we encourage you to share your feedback, advice, questions and/or stories below!

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FoodTruckr is the #1 online destination for current and aspiring food truck owners looking to succeed in the mobile food industry. Self described “food truck devotees,” the FoodTruckr team enjoys reading about successful entrepreneurs, salivating over photos of burritos on Twitter, and long walks through food truck parks. Chat with FoodTruckr on Facebook or check out the FoodTruckr School podcast for more awesome tips to level up your business.

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10 FoodTruckr Articles That Every Food Truck Owner Needs To Read https://foodtruckr.com/2018/08/10-foodtruckr-articles-that-every-food-truck-owner-needs-to-read/ https://foodtruckr.com/2018/08/10-foodtruckr-articles-that-every-food-truck-owner-needs-to-read/#respond Fri, 31 Aug 2018 19:31:22 +0000 https://foodtruckr.com/?p=13624 We have published a lot of information over the years, from articles relating to starting up a food truck business to motivational pieces to … well, you name it. However, we wanted to take this time to give FoodTruckrs a fall gift in the form of 10 must-read articles, and said articles can be found below. […]

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We have published a lot of information over the years, from articles relating to starting up a food truck business to motivational pieces to … well, you name it.

However, we wanted to take this time to give FoodTruckrs a fall gift in the form of 10 must-read articles, and said articles can be found below.

Note: A preview and link will be provided for all 10 articles.

10 FoodTruckr Articles That Every Food Truck Owner Needs To Read

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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? 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.

The 10 Commandments of Customer Relationships

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The food truck gods are fickle beings, and your truck may be plagued by customer droughts if you fail to please them. But if you can figure out the secret to the sacrament of success, you’ll be rewarded with floods of excited fans who pray for the day your truck rolls into their neighborhood.

Want to know how to get into customer heaven? Honor these 10 commandments of customer relationships faithfully and you’ll be blessed with a flock of hungry, happy followers for your truck.

“The Food Truck Growth Kit” Has Arrived!

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1. First of all, what is The Food Truck Growth Kit?

We’re so glad you asked! The Food Truck Growth Kit is a comprehensive resource designed to help you take your business to brand new heights. It includes a hefty, 65,000-word book that helps you effectively develop and grow your food truck business—plus a whole bunch of nifty bonus materials.

The 12 Days of FoodTruckr: 12 Reasons We Love Food Trucks

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2. Food trucks make dreams come true.

Many people start food trucks because they love cooking and serving food, but there are hundreds of current and aspiring food truck owners who have chosen to pursue this industry because they want to work for themselves and operate their own businesses. Food trucks owners get to create their own destinies and make their own decisions. In short, food trucks offer freedom.

3. Food trucks offer plenty of room for creativity.

We’re continually amazed by all the incredible concepts food truck owners are coming up with. From bacon trucks to waffle trucks to peanut butter trucks, FoodTruckrs have shown their creativity and ingenuity again and again.

Looking to take your food truck business to the next level? If so, then The Food Truck Growth Kit has your name written all over it!

How to Run a Food Truck 17: Focus on Your Work/Life Balance

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The first step to relaxing is deceptively challenging—you need to take regular time off from your food truck. A regular day off sounds fairly easy until you stop to think about where you’re going to find the time in your schedule—and what you might have to cut out in order to make it happen. Fortunately, some of the following steps will help you work more effectively when you are at work so that it becomes easier to find time to get away.

You can choose a regular time off now, or you can wait until you’ve completed some of the upcoming steps and figured out where you’ll be getting your extra time. You can also choose any amount or combination of time off that feels right to you—two full days, a full day and several nights off, taking mornings off and only working from 1PM on. The specific time you take off doesn’t matter so much as the fact that you’re taking some time off, so don’t feel pressured to fit your working hours into a standard 9-5 schedule if another option works better for you and your truck.

7 Timeless Business Lessons Aspiring Food Truck Owners Need to Know

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1. Embrace the Unknown

Pat Flynn lost his dream job as a San Francisco architect in June 2008. Facing unemployment in the midst of an economic crisis, Pat was scared and confused about his professional future.

Before being let go, and while studying for an industry certification, Pat unintentionally created a popular blog filled with notes and exam preparation tools. Now that he was unemployed and looking down the entrepreneurial path, he wondered if he could turn his blog into a business. Pat decided to take a risk; he would try working for himself.

This early project seeded the foundation for Pat’s success as an online entrepreneur. Today, he runs a popular website and podcast at SmartPassiveIncome.com, speaks at conferences, and has authored a personal memoir that tells the story of how he persevered through adversity to achieve success in his business and his life. He’s also the founder of FoodTruckr.com, which you can learn more about by reading Pat’s story.

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How to Write a Food Truck Business Plan

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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.

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Food Truck Branding 101: Build a Brand That Rocks

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We all learned at an early age not to judge a book by its cover, right? That’s bad advice when it comes to brands. On a daily basis, customers are bombarded with advertisements and challenged to make quick decisions. In a split second, a hungry fella walking past your truck is going to decide whether or not to eat your tantalizing sandwich—and the power of your brand will influence his decision.

That’s why, for competing food truck owners, it doesn’t always matter which truck has the best food. Do you need a smokin’ good BLT or cheesesteak grinder to delight your customers? Of course! But in some cases, it’s the truck with the biggest, brightest logo or the wild, zany team uniforms that draws the most attention and stimulates curiosity. These elements are secondary to finger-lickin’ good food, but they’re still essential. People will never get the chance to learn about all the amazing goodness your truck has to offer from the inside if there isn’t anything there to catch their attention from the outside.

How to Run a Food Truck 05: Deliver Excellent Customer Service

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Some food truck owners might say “Making the best burger my city has ever seen,” or “Finding the right parking spot so that I can serve as many customers as possible.” These are definitely good aspects of your business to focus on—great food and the right location are integral to food truck success. But at the end of the day, none of these things matter if you’re not putting your customers’ needs first.

See, customers are the lifeblood of your food truck business—their patronage provides the gas that fuels your truck, the sustenance that fuels your body, and the permits and licenses that fuel your business. Without happy, paying customers, you simply couldn’t pursue your food truck dreams. That’s why it’s so important to do everything you can to make sure that everyone who comes to your truck leaves feeling appreciated and satisfied.

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

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Cold weather is approaching quickly, and you need to find a way to keep your food truck rolling through the winter. What should you do?

There are plenty of alternative options beyond regular street sales available to FoodTruckrs in the winter—you just have to be creative enough to think of them and passionate enough about your business to take it in a different direction for the time being.

Check out our five favorite alternative business options for food trucks below—and then consider pursuing two or three of them simultaneously in order to keep your business hopping through the whole season.

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FoodTruckr is the #1 online destination for current and aspiring food truck owners looking to succeed in the mobile food industry. Self described “food truck devotees,” the FoodTruckr team enjoys reading about successful entrepreneurs, salivating over photos of burritos on Twitter, and long walks through food truck parks. Chat with FoodTruckr on Facebook or check out the FoodTruckr School podcast for more awesome tips to level up your business.

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Lease-To-Own Programs For Food Trucks https://foodtruckr.com/2018/08/lease-to-own-programs-for-food-trucks/ https://foodtruckr.com/2018/08/lease-to-own-programs-for-food-trucks/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 22:03:53 +0000 https://foodtruckr.com/?p=13313 Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a post from Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is the President/CEO of Prestige Food Trucks, which is the world’s leading custom food truck manufacturer. In his current role as President/CEO, Jeremy manages dozens of employees, interacts with clients, and maintains a healthy relationship with all of his business partners. Since Prestige, Jeremy has […]

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Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a post from Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is the President/CEO of Prestige Food Trucks, which is the world’s leading custom food truck manufacturer. In his current role as President/CEO, Jeremy manages dozens of employees, interacts with clients, and maintains a healthy relationship with all of his business partners. Since Prestige, Jeremy has launched many other successful companies.

Many aspiring chefs and entrepreneurs alike struggle to start up a food truck business because of the initial costs.

Not only do you need the money to buy a food truck and all of the equipment but you have to have enough money to pay for employees, permits, etc.

While the two main options in the past have been renting or buying a food truck, a third option is now available thanks to Roaming Hunger’s lease-to-own program.

This concept should be very appealing to FoodTruckrs because not only will it make it possible to start a food truck business but you will also be able to build equity and someday own your truck, something that isn’t possible if you go the renting route.

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Lease-To-Own Programs For Food Trucks

Here are some of the mapped out benefits of this lease-to-own program (via Roaming Hunger):

Get a three year lease-to-own program that sets you up for success, exclusively from Roaming Hunger. Total Roaming Hunger program benefits are valued up to $90,000 over the life of the program and include:

  • Professional food truck wrap design ($1,500)
  • High-quality, professional website ($2,500)
  • Social media marketing and PR support to kickstart your business ($2,000)
  • Minimum of one catering opportunity from Roaming Hunger per month (estimated $1,000+ per booked event)
  • Free access to Roaming Hunger public event listings to fill your calendar (estimated $800+ per booked event)
  • Free food truck marketing profile on Roaming Hunger website
  • If you choose to sell your truck at end of term, Roaming Hunger will help sell your truck and waive any listing fees

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As for requirements for the program, an established business will need a credit score of 675 or higher, a minimum of two years in business, revolving credit under $20,000, two years business tax returns and a three-year lease term.

If you’re an entrepreneur, here’s what you will need to qualify for the program: 700-plus credit score, you need to be a homeowner, your credit card debt needs to be under $10,000, you need a solid business plan, you need culinary or business experience and a three-year lease term.

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There are many routes to enter the food truck industry, and Roaming Hunger is providing another great way with its lease-to-own program.

You can learn more about the program by following this link.

If you liked this article, then we encourage you to share your feedback, advice, questions and/or stories below!

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FoodTruckr is the #1 online destination for current and aspiring food truck owners looking to succeed in the mobile food industry. Self described “food truck devotees,” the FoodTruckr team enjoys reading about successful entrepreneurs, salivating over photos of burritos on Twitter, and long walks through food truck parks. Chat with FoodTruckr on Facebook or check out the FoodTruckr School podcast for more awesome tips to level up your business.

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10 Things That Might Be On A Food Truck Owner’s Mind With Fall Approaching https://foodtruckr.com/2018/08/10-things-that-might-be-on-a-food-truck-owners-mind-with-fall-approaching/ https://foodtruckr.com/2018/08/10-things-that-might-be-on-a-food-truck-owners-mind-with-fall-approaching/#respond Tue, 28 Aug 2018 16:58:39 +0000 https://foodtruckr.com/?p=13623 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 […]

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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.

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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).

How to Run a Food Truck 17: Focus on Your Work/Life Balance

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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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FoodTruckr is the #1 online destination for current and aspiring food truck owners looking to succeed in the mobile food industry. Self described “food truck devotees,” the FoodTruckr team enjoys reading about successful entrepreneurs, salivating over photos of burritos on Twitter, and long walks through food truck parks. Chat with FoodTruckr on Facebook or check out the FoodTruckr School podcast for more awesome tips to level up your business.

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When Should Food Truck Owners Set Goals? https://foodtruckr.com/2018/08/when-should-food-truck-owners-set-goals/ https://foodtruckr.com/2018/08/when-should-food-truck-owners-set-goals/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:32:57 +0000 https://foodtruckr.com/?p=13438 Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a post from Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is the President/CEO of Prestige Food Trucks, which is the world’s leading custom food truck manufacturer. In his current role as President/CEO, Jeremy manages dozens of employees, interacts with clients, and maintains a healthy relationship with all of his business partners. Since Prestige, Jeremy has […]

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Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a post from Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is the President/CEO of Prestige Food Trucks, which is the world’s leading custom food truck manufacturer. In his current role as President/CEO, Jeremy manages dozens of employees, interacts with clients, and maintains a healthy relationship with all of his business partners. Since Prestige, Jeremy has launched many other successful companies.

As a food truck owner, when do you set goals?

If you’re like most people, then you set your goals around the end or beginning of the year. This is a common goal-setting time for many people because New Year’s tends to be a time of reflection, and while you’re looking at the year you just had, you realize what changes you need to make.

It’s almost like magic — you realize you’ve been doing something wrong the entire time, or you realize there’s something you should have been doing the whole year, and you didn’t realize this until … well, New Year’s.

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With that in mind, the problem with setting goals around this time — and only this time — is the fact that the magic that’s NYE tends to die a couple of weeks or months into the new year. Awesome goals eventually turn into forgotten goals.

That’s why we encourage food truck owners to constantly monitor their goals and incorporate reflection.

Set goals when a setback or failure occurs. Set goals when you achieve them or when/if you realize your New Year’s resolutions were a little too ambitious. Set goals when you realize what you wanted in the past (even if not much time has gone by) is not what you want now.

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We also encourage food truck owners to create goals that they can actually stick to and goals that will benefit them and their businesses. That’s great that a goal sounds good on paper, but what will be the outcome and benefit if it actually comes true?

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The biggest point we want to make: Don’t want until a new year to begin or one to end to reflect and make changes. This should be an ongoing process.

Any time of the year is the right time to set new goals as long as you’re serious about making them happen — and build the habits and consistency to achieve them.

If you liked this article, then we encourage you to share your feedback, advice, questions and/or stories below!

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FoodTruckr is the #1 online destination for current and aspiring food truck owners looking to succeed in the mobile food industry. Self described “food truck devotees,” the FoodTruckr team enjoys reading about successful entrepreneurs, salivating over photos of burritos on Twitter, and long walks through food truck parks. Chat with FoodTruckr on Facebook or check out the FoodTruckr School podcast for more awesome tips to level up your business.

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A Look Back At FoodTruckr Last Fall https://foodtruckr.com/2018/08/a-look-back-at-foodtruckr-last-fall/ https://foodtruckr.com/2018/08/a-look-back-at-foodtruckr-last-fall/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:22:44 +0000 https://foodtruckr.com/?p=13625 Fall will be here before we know it. As a result, we wanted to provide as much helpful information as possible from last fall, and that information can be found in the form of 10 fall articles from 2017. Note: While a preview will be provided for every article, we encourage food truck owners (aspiring […]

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Fall will be here before we know it. As a result, we wanted to provide as much helpful information as possible from last fall, and that information can be found in the form of 10 fall articles from 2017.

Note: While a preview will be provided for every article, we encourage food truck owners (aspiring and current alike) to click on each link to read the articles in full.

A Look Back At FoodTruckr Last Fall

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5 Simple Ways To Get Your Mind Right In The Food Truck Industry

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5. Learn The Power Of Music

Okay, so you probably already know the power of music … but if that’s the case, then why aren’t you playing music at your food truck? Why aren’t you listening to upbeat songs when you are feeling down/having a tough day?

Music is so powerful that it can put anyone in any given mood (a single play of a song tends to have that much power). Everyone loves music, more likely than not, so start using it to your advantage, even if you only listen to it in the morning, at night, while you are driving your truck to your next destination or whenever it might be.

3 Great Fall Practices For Food Truck Owners

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Coming Up With Strategies For The Holidays: The holiday season is going to be here before you know it (heck, Halloween is only a couple weeks away!). Are you going to be ready to tackle it this year?

A smart practice would be this: Start planning for the holiday season now, whether it is coming up with your menus, getting catering gigs and events lined up, deciding on your locations or whatever it might be. The more you plan now, the more prepared you will be once the holiday season is finally here.

Nonetheless, there are going to be plenty of mouths to feed when holiday shopping season begins, so it’s important to have a great plan put into place in hopes of attracting as many customers as possible.

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5 Things Food Truck Owners Should Focus On In 2018

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Food truck owners need to worry about the happiness of their employees … and themselves. This is your dream job, and don’t you think you should do everything in your power to make the people involved in your dream job happy?

While not every employee is going to share the same passions and dreams as you, you can still make your food truck environment fun in hopes of keeping morale up.

And, of course, you need to keep your mind, body and soul happy if you are going to be a food truck owner for the long haul. Take more walks in 2018. Learn how to handle your stress. Don’t just keep everything inside. Figure out solutions to your problems and your food truck’s problems. Give this life everything you’ve got, and try to be the happiest — and most successful — version of yourself.

Things That Should Never Go Under The Radar At Your Food Truck

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Customer service is one of the most important factors for any business — and in any industry — and the moment you start to lose grip on it … the moment you start to lose customers.

We live in a day and age in which there are a thousand of everything. Let us explain. So many companies are providing the same services and products, which means if a customer is not satisfied for whatever reason, said customer can just go to a different company for the service and/or product in question.

As you likely already know, there are a ton of food trucks out there (not to mention all of the fast food restaurants, sit-down restaurants and grocery stores), so if your customer service starts to slip up in any fashion, don’t be surprised when some of your customers start going to different places for their food.

5 Strategies When Food Truck Owners Are Lacking Inspiration

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You might be lacking in the inspiration department because of your food truck goals. Here’s the big issue: If your goals don’t motivate you, then there is a problem — but it’s fixable.

Either you need to revisit your goals in hopes of getting that motivation back … or you need to change them altogether (you, of course, don’t want to be changing your goals up all of the time, especially if you aren’t meeting them).

It’s important to keep your goals in plain sight on a daily basis in hopes of not losing track of the big picture, which is making your goals and dreams come true.

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3 Ingredients To Create The Perfect Environment For Your Food Truck Employees

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If you want to create the perfect environment for your employees, and if you also want to be the best manager/boss you can possibly be, then you need to have an open mind. You need to see where your employees are coming from.

Not all of your employees are going to share the same exact passions as you, and some of them might just look at your food truck business as a job — nothing more. Of course, they are still going to show up for work and do a great job, but you need to be understandable with things like schedule requests.

You are running the show here, but you need to have an open mind with your employees, you need to see where they are coming from, you need to take their needs and wants into account (in some cases, that is, because you know what’s best for your business) and you just need to be a reasonable boss in general.

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3 Ways Food Truck Owners Can Counter Failure

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During this process, you should be analyzing what you did right, what you did wrong and what you can do better next time. If you do not do this, then you will never get better, and you will never grow. No one likes to fail, but if you plan on bouncing back from a failure — and becoming a better person in the process — then you have to learn from your failures.

In fact, you should be reflecting on a consistent basis, not just once a year around New Year’s Eve. The more you reflect, the more you actually look at your situation and analyze your life, and this will lead to you always being the most motivated person you can be, as well as the best person you can be.

5 Signs You Were Built For Food Truck Entrepreneurship

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If you are a wizard in the kitchen, then you were built for food truck entrepreneurship. But — yes, there is a but — you are going to have to learn the ins and outs of business during your journey (among other things, such as social media and customer service skills).

Nonetheless, when you are a food truck owner, your No. 1 product is your food. Therefore, being able to come up with amazing meals, recipes and menus plays a major role in your work life, and the better you are at it, the more likely people are to come back for more (of course, business tactics, pricing of the food, your location and things of that nature are going to come into play).

5 Simple Ways To Spice Up Your Days At Your Food Truck

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You don’t have to do this all of the time, because you will be losing product, and in turn money, but if you want to attract some customers/make them happy, then don’t be afraid to give free samples away every now and then, especially when you are wanting to test out a new dish before adding it to the menu. Not to mention, happy hours alone can help attract more customers, and spread joy to everyone involved on top of that, for food at a discounted price is a very beautiful thing.

3 Things You Need To Become Addicted To In The Food Truck Industry To Ensure Success

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Networking: If you want to ensure success in this wonderful industry, then you can never stop networking. You need to be networking at your normal locations, at food truck events, at catering gigs, here, there, everywhere!

Go to conferences. Talk to other food truck owners. Talk to restaurant owners. Talk to vendors. Network with customers. Network, network, network.

Networking might not be the only ingredient to success, but it can surely lead to you taking your food truck business to the top of success mountain. You never know who you are going to meet in this industry. For example, you could end up meeting a customer who needs multiple catering gigs, or you could meet a customer who wants to help you make your dream of franchising your trucks come true (or opening up a sit-down restaurant). You just never know.

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Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a post from Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is the President/CEO of Prestige Food Trucks, which is the world’s leading custom food truck manufacturer. In his current role as President/CEO, Jeremy manages dozens of employees, interacts with clients, and maintains a healthy relationship with all of his business partners. Since Prestige, Jeremy has launched many other successful companies.

While it’s not even fall yet, the temperatures are going to start dropping before we know it, and then winter will be here.

The busy season is going to be over before we know it, and then the offseason will be among us.

With that in mind, it’s essential to finish off the busy season strong, but how do you do that?

While everyone’s strategies are different, we wanted to feature three ideas for finishing the busy season off strong in the mobile kitchen industry, and these reasons can be found below.

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How To Finish The Busy Season Off Strong In The Food Truck Industry

  • Incorporate A Seasonal Menu For Fall
  • Schedule Out Catering Jobs For Beyond The Busy Season
  • Reflect And Improve

3.) Incorporate A Seasonal Menu For Fall

Not everyone changes up their menus on a seasonal basis. In fact, some people roll out the same menu season after season and year after year. That’s fine. However, it’s never a bad idea to add a seasonal treat or incorporate a seasonal menu because these types of ingredients will create some buzz and attract customers to your food truck.

It could be something as simple as a pumpkin spice treat or something a little more drastic like creating a comfort menu for colder temperatures.

With summer leading into fall, people tend to crave different foods, making a fall menu a great idea for any food truck owner who’s looking for a change.

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2.) Schedule Out Catering Jobs For Beyond The Busy Season

If your truck has been featured at many food truck events or any form of catering event, then you probably have no problem scheduling catering jobs.

Whatever the case might be, now would be a great time to try to schedule out as many catering gigs as possible since the busy season is coming to a close for many food trucks. This is a great way to supplement your income and to also see some success when your food truck lines aren’t as busy.

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1.) Reflect And Improve

It’s never too early in the year to reflect. So, we encourage food truck owners to reflect on the year and to also look back at last year’s numbers. What did you do last year around this time that led to success at your truck? What worked and what didn’t work? What has been working at your truck all year long?

The key is analyzing your food truck business so you can make changes and improve — if necessary, of course.

There are an endless amount of things food truck owners can incorporate at their food truck businesses to finish off the busy season strong, and we hope the three strategies above can help you out along the way.

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FoodTruckr is the #1 online destination for current and aspiring food truck owners looking to succeed in the mobile food industry. Self described “food truck devotees,” the FoodTruckr team enjoys reading about successful entrepreneurs, salivating over photos of burritos on Twitter, and long walks through food truck parks. Chat with FoodTruckr on Facebook or check out the FoodTruckr School podcast for more awesome tips to level up your business.

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