Food trucks have become a wildly popular and important part of the hospitality industry. Consumers are flocking to these mobile food businesses in droves, inspiring national food truck competitions and even a show dedicated to the topic on The Food Network. The relatively low cost of entry as compared to starting a restaurant, combined with free and low-cost ways to market them to the masses via platforms like social media, are just two of the reasons that food truck business are drawing in budding entrepreneurs.
Author David Weber, a food truck advocate and entrepreneur himself, is here to offer his practical, step-by-step advice to achieving your mobile food mogul dreams in The Food Truck Handbook. This book cuts through all of the hype to give both hopeful entrepreneurs and already established truck owners an accurate portrayal of life on the streets. From concept to gaining a loyal following to preventative maintenance on your equipment this book covers it all.
- Includes profiles of successful food trucks, detailing their operations, profitability, and scalability.
- Establish best practices for operating your truck using one-of-a-kind templates for choosing vending locations, opening checklist, closing checklist, and more.
- Create a sound business plan complete with a reasonable budget and finding vendors you can trust; consider daily operations in detail from start to finish[external URL]
- Stay lean and profitable by avoiding the most common operating mistakes.
- Author David Weber is Founder and President of the NYC Food Truck Association (NYCFTA), which brings together small businesses that own and operate premium food trucks in NYC focused on innovation in hospitality, high quality food, and community development.
Plan: Preparing for Success 7
Is the Trucker’s Life for Me? 9
Foundations for Success 18
Playing by the Rules 25
Picking a Concept 31
Assembling a Winning Team 49
The Business Plan 51
Raising Money 63
Start: Making It Happen 67
Administrative Necessities 69
Finalizing the Menu 78
Lay Out Your Kitchen 82
Procuring a Truck 87
Picking a Commissary 99
Branding Fundamentals 103
Picking Vending Locations 112
The Opening Schedule 117
Succeed: Doing One Truck Right 121
Responsible Vending 123
Vending Locations 126
Managing the Team 132
Put It on Paper 135
Watching the Numbers 137
Refi ning the Menu 142
Social Media 145
Connecting with Customers 150
Grow: Moving beyond the Truck 157
Growth Opportunities 164
Contract Packing 171
Building the Right Infrastructure 174
Exiting the Food Truck Industry 179
Appendix A Templates and Worksheets 185
Appendix B Food Truck Regulations, by City 205
Appendix C Social Media Guides 229
Appendix D Interviews with Food Truck Entrepreneurs 233
About the Author 265