Run & Grow

Run & Grow

So, you have already started running a food truck business, but how do you keep it running like a well oiled machine? These sections will provide an existing vendor up to date on all of the tactics needed to run and expand your ever growing food truck empire.

BUSINESS

measuring labor costs

The costs involved with your food truck staff is an issue for every food truck vendor. You must be able to pin point and...
failure-success

With the continued growth of the mobile food industry, there are still some trucks that have not been able to succeed. For some, the...
swot analysis

A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis; much like a competitive analysis, is an important part of planning your food truck’s future.
Audit Your Food Truck

Once something becomes familiar, it’s human nature to lose our eye for the details. We're often surprised to find that there is a ding...
opening a food truck

Opening a food truck has become a dream for many people. The popularity of food trucks and mobile food has never been higher nor has...

CUSTOMER SERVICE

bad food service

With winter weather providing many food truck owners with valuable free time they can use to train their service staff, we felt now would...
listening to customers

Are you like most mobile food vendors that are continually looking to build your food truck’s social media clout? Outside of creating buzz about...
food truck mistakes

I've begun to meet more and more food truck owners that have transitioned from the military into food truck ownership. It seems that a...
unhappy food truck customer

Did you know that as a food truck owner, unhappy customers are one of the best learning tools for your mobile food business? While every...

It’s going to happen. If you own a food truck, you are inevitably going to have an angry customer. And when it happens, you’ll do...

GROWTH

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Your food is great.  Your lines are consistent.  Your business has been steadily growing.  You’re ready to grow, but investment is the key. Mobile Cuisine...
staff and customer loyalty

Why do you own a food truck or why are you planning to start one? Is it merely to line your pockets and fill...
food truck growing too quickly

Intuit recently reported that 25,000 new small business jobs were created in May. This is approximately a 2 percent annual growth rate. Growth numbers...
food truck growth strategies

Food truck growth strategies are rarely on the minds of the local food cart vendors that dot the landscape of most major cities in the...

While scanning through our vast Twitter feed daily, we are able to monitor the food truck industry for trends. One of the most recent...

HUMAN RESOURCES

food truck staff training

Some food truck vendors have implemented a strict training policy for their new staff members, others not so much. Of course, there are a few...
employee performance reviews

As a food truck vendor you have to wear many hats. Being the boss is one of them. While wearing your boss hat, I'll...
food truck recruiting

Is your food truck ready for a new staff member or two? We all know that there is a fairly high turnover rate for...
chef employment contract

Are you someone who has started a food truck, but hired someone who handled all of the cooking related responsibilities? If you’ve lost your...
bad interview questions

Working in the mobile food industry is much like any other restaurant industry job which means there can be a lot of turnover. Whether...

INSURANCE

Food Truck Workers' Comp

After spending some time speaking with exhibitors and guests at the 2014 ROAM Conference in San Antonio this past week, I realized that one...
food truck insurance checklist

When you’re in an auto accident in your food truck, it can be easy to forget what information you need — you’re shaken up...
business income insurance

There seems to be some confusion by food truck owners on what Business Income Insurance really is and how it works. This entry is...

A California appeals court said Monday that Travelers Property and Casualty Co. of America was liable for $2.4 million awarded to a food truck...
storing food trucks

There may come a time when you need to put your food truck into storage. Whether it's because you are in a cold weather...

UNDER THE HOOD

food truck spring checklist

It’s official! We want winter to be over. The start of spring food truck season is now constantly on your mind. You can’t wait to...
food truck tune up

Food truck tune up intervals vary from one vehicle to another. Most older mobile food trucks with non-electronic ignitions should be tuned every 10,000 to 12,000...
Food Truck Winter Storage

Although it isn't quite Winter yet, recently we have noticed a few Twitter messages from food trucks around the country were preparing to shut...
Food Truck Health Inspection

Although it may be tempting to put off certain repairs to your food truck or overlook a few minor health violations in hopes that...
fall food truck maintenance checklist

It’s time to get your food truck business read for fall. Last week we discussed small ingredient tweaks to get your menu tuned up....