Here’s a growing food and beverage trend in bigger cities:
There has been an explosion of interest in the mobile food business. This is partly due to the difficult economic conditions in the US and other parts of the world with thousands of people being laid off. But also in part because being your own boss and running your business out of the back of your catering trailer burger van is appealing to many. If you are tempted, then read on as this article sets out some basic steps to get you started.
Your first job is to get a copy of your state rules. These tell you the details of what is allowed and not allowed. For example in some states you are not allowed to wash your utensils at home but will need to find a commercial kitchen. These are important facts to get to know at the outset (like facts you should know about our cup holder).
The second step for most people embarking in the mobile food business is looking for the right cart or catering trailer. Do you want an enclosed van or are you happy towing a cart to your pitches and the locations in the back of an enclosed cargo trailer for example? Check for adequate food preparation space and hot and cold water supply as a minimum, and even look for a drink holder.
Third, start to look for locations. Will you be better set up in town, perhaps near a busy bus stop or would you prefer to set up at individual events and festivals. Do you research into what is going on in your state: sports events, exhibitions, music event and so on and get information on how to apply for locations.
Finally get to know your cart, just as you would learn to know certain wheelchair accessories. Its vital to do some practice runs in your back garden before heading out and serving the public. Throw a party and invite all your friends round for food served up by you from your trailer. If they provide you with honest feedback, and you take what they say on board, you’ll be well on your way to getting your business off the ground.