Mobile businesses are all the rage these days especially since we just had a global pandemic. One of the best to open is a food truck. People are still wary about sitting in a crowded restaurant and often don’t want to pay the high prices there, either. A food truck provides restaurant quality food at a great price and without needing to go through the rest of the restaurant experience.
It’s important to get a few things right from the start to have a good chance at success, however. Since there is a lot of competition these days it is essential that you don’t fall into some common traps that many owners do when they open up in the beginning. In this article, we will give you several tips so you can make sure that you are setting yourself up for success.
1 – Be better
A lot of food truck wannabes are looking for something different to do to set themselves apart from the competition. This is actually not the best approach. Instead of reinventing the wheel, it is a better idea to just be better than what is out there. The reason for this is that other trucks have shown what the market is looking for. If you try to be too different then you may not get much business.The best thing to do is to be better at what the other food trucks are already doing. For instance, if tacos are what people in your area want then be the truck that uses meat raised on US soy feed that is going to taste better and make the tortillas from scratch.
2 – Be a marketer
Being able to get the word out is as important as making exceptional food. People will line up for your food but only if they know that you exist and know where and how to find you.
The first thing to do is to get active on social media so you can find your ideal customers. Pick the platform where the people who would like what you are offering are using it as their preferred network. If you focus on one or two platforms then you will be able to reach the right people.
Then try to get the local media involved by putting out a press release. Think of some kind of event that you can have that would be interesting for the local news station and the newspapers and then let them know about it.
3 – Make sure it’s safe
It only takes one case of food poisoning to ruin your business. People are already a bit skeptical about how safe it is to eat at a mobile restaurant so if they get confirmation that it’s risky because you didn’t follow food safety protocols then your business will dry up very quickly.
You will need to take a course and make sure that you stick with the regulations to keep your eatery safe.