Use a Tickler File To Organize Your Food Truck Business

Use a Tickler File To Organize Your Food Truck Business

tip of the dayWe all know the life of a food truck owner is one that is filled with repetitive daily tasks, but do you miss some of those tasks that you plan too far in advance? Create a tickler file for your projects. A tickler file traditionally contains 43 divisions – one for each of the 31 days of a month (labeled 1 – 31), and 12 for the months of the year. (Never mind that some months have fewer days!)

You take your projects (such as deep cleaning the hood filters in your truck’s kitchen) and put a written reminder about them in the file according to when they are due. For the current month, a project goes into the number files for whatever day it is due. When a project is due in other months, it goes in one of the month files.

Each day, you pull out the contents of the folder marked for that day’s date and work on the stuff in it.  Then once the next month rolls around, you transfer that month’s reminders into the days, and repeat.

Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.