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How to Start a Catering Truck Business - Food Truck Business Tips

Updated on December 31, 2016

Food Truck Business

Reasons to start a food truck business is to make extra side money. And it is a way to socialize and be hospitable with the public. Also having a 'street food truck business' can be fun and interesting. People that are walking up and down the streets, at certain times of the day may want to eat something cold or hot, without waiting in line at a fast food place. A catering truck business can be run by a few members of your family. The driver of the food truck has to have a driver's license, to drive from place to place. A food truck is a great way to get starter for people that want to own a restaurant business one day.

Places to drive to for food truck business

  • Outside of Court Buildings at lunch time (12:00 PM)
  • Recreational Parks
  • Near Medical buildings
  • Trade School buildings
  • Construction worker sites
  • Etc.

To get started with your 'Food Truck Business' you would need some information on the licensing. Filling out the application is an easy process, just find out at your local city clerk's office where you can apply by application for a food truck license, and the waiting time is not that long. Once you get the beginning process complete, then you can open your food truck business. When starting any kind of business it is a smart idea to do it the right way, It's always a great time to open a catering truck business; in the Winter-time, summer, etc. When you notice a parking spot that has been profitable for you, continue parking there each day, at the same time of day. Because people that notice your there at the same spot and time of day, will start to tell their friends and co-workers as well. This way you will have returning customers daily. The good news about running a catering truck business is you will always have somewhere to park and be open for business.

How to Start a Catering Truck Business
How to Start a Catering Truck Business

Food Truck Requirements

Many items for a 'food truck business' will have to be bought wholesale. The stores that sell whole sale items in-bulk for food vendors; Costco, Smart & Final, etc. Some catering trucks will come with deep fryers to cook; french fries and other foods that you want to deep fry. Some food trucks also come with freezers, to freeze sodas, popsicles and other frozen food items. It's a smart idea to look inside the truck once you rent it or buy it; this way you know the things you want inside of it. Take one or two people with you to inspect the food truck, and to decide which food truck is good for you. Because some people may not want to sell everything on their truck, and others may want to have a lot of freezer space, or whatever it may be. . . Try to shop around for good, and quality deals on catering trucks; Many of the things you choose to sell on your catering truck are up to you. The catering food truck items you may want to buy:

  • Large boxes of 'food serving gloves'
  • Purell hand sanitizer
  • Hot dog paper plate holders
  • Hot dog cooker, and hot dog topping
  • French fry boxed- paper plates
  • Cooking oil
  • 2 Fire extinguishers
  • Nacho cheese supplies
  • Bags of ice
  • Sodas
  • Candies, chocolates, and potato chips
  • Handmade burritos, and aluminum foil
  • Small paper bags
  • Spaghetti
  • Microwave
  • Paper napkins
  • Order tickets
  • Ice cream dispenser
  • Ice cream cones
  • Paper hair-caps for your hair
  • Cash register
  • Calculator
  • Chili to pour on Freetos chips
  • Pre-made turkey sandwiches w/lettuce, cheese and light mayo (wrapped in Saran wrap).
  • Etc.

Finally, you will need to make a 'price-list poster' for the inside and/or outside of your 'food truck.' A great deal of money can be made running a catering truck business.

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      Brinafr3sh 23 months ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Getitscene and Rajan Jolly, thank you for your comments on this article. Peace

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 23 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting and useful information. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

      Very interesting idea for an article, well done.

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      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Kschang, The regulations are different in some cities and states. This is why when opening a catering truck business, the owner might want to learn as much as possible about it. There are handbooks on starting a catering truck business, and learning the regulations on where park the truck is the easy part. Thanks for the information about 'regulations on where food trucks can park.'

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      kschang 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Keep in mind that some cities have weird regulations regarding what areas are allowed for trucks, and what areas are legal to park. In San Francisco, for example, it is ILLEGAL to park a food truck within 1500 ft of a school (huh?) as well as banned from colleges and hospital (wah?)