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Time Management

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food truck tip of the day

I’m sure most food truck vendors, after a long shift and you’re back at your commissary, cleaning the truck, you’ll look at what wasn’t sold and have to determine if you can use it the next day. Sometimes you’ll say yes, and you do, sometimes you’ll just toss it, and other times you will say yes and it just sits around, keeping the other forgotten leftovers company, until someone gets rid of it.

Now, today’s tip isn’t about food. We’re talking about those items that didn’t get done that day, that week, that month…the loose ends that remain on your to-do list, but often just languish there, on that ever growing list.

However like that the leftovers from yesterday, leaving it in the refrigerator forever is not a good idea. Items left on the to-do list pile up, adding to the feeling of overwhelm, nagging at you, sucking away at your motivation, focus and energy, or irritating those you do business with.

And after a while, certain leftovers may become issues or develop into crises, like that invoice that didn’t go out, that bill that didn’t get paid, that customer you didn’t respond to, or that menu you forgot to write.

Unlike most of our “Tips of the Day” where we provide a tip to help solve a problem…today we’d like to hear from vendors to see what you do with those leftovers.

So what do you do with your left over to-do list items? Share your solutions in the comment section below.

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Eye-On-The-Goal

It’s mid-May and the trees are turning green. Some parts of the country are finally seeing the end of Winter. Food truck owners know what this means…your food truck is entering into the busy season.

Great News… right? Are you prepared to do everything that needs to be done?

This is the time of year where food truck vendors strike while the iron is hot. The competition will be tough; everybody is competing for the consumer’s disposable dollar as well as their loyalty. Your competition is not just the food truck parked down the street, but it’s also the restaurants, and the convenience and grocery stores in your town too. Today’s consumer has only so much money to spend on food and everybody wants it.

Your schedule is about to become swamped with festivals and catering events in addition to your daily stops, but you need to remember not to neglect your marketing to remain competitive. Time management is a must to make sure you meet all of your commitments as well as keep up on marketing your mobile food business.

Here are some of the things to keep on your to-do list:

  • Maintain or create an email marketing program.
  • Aggressively promote your food truck on social media.
  • Train your staff to be your marketing ambassadors by providing a great guest experience.
  • Make sure your loyalty program is running at full speed.
  • Prepare a program for marketing gift cards (who doesn’t love to receive a gift of food for a birthday or special occasion).
  • Have a profitable Spring seasonal menu to increase sales.

We understand that there is a lot to do with little time to do everything, but continuous marketing (not just during the slow times of the year is a key to maintaining your food trucks growth.

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food truck tip of the day

tip of the dayWe all have them: those days when nothing goes right. To avoid taking the stress home, try doing three things at the end of a bad day:

  • Clear your mind. Take a few deep breaths. Think about the things that matter to you outside of the food truck. Prepare yourself mentally to walk out the door of the commissary and leave the  day behind (even if it’s already night).
  • Do something easy. Send off a report or reply to a few straightforward e-mails. Get some things off your to-do list to restore a sense  of control.
  • Get up and leave. Once you’ve completed the last task at the commissary prepping for the next shift, don’t check your email. Just leave.
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