How Do Some Successful Food Truckers Spend Their Weekends
If you believe everything you see on the Internet, food truck owners must work every moment you’re awake, survive on staff meals, and live out of your food truck to become a successful mobile food business owner.
Although that may be the route to success for a few food trucks, not everyone follows the same path to greatness. To gain some insight into how some actually spend their precious time, we asked what some do on weekends.
Contrary to popular belief, food truck vendors aren’t all constantly focused on the job. In fact, the majority of them have told us they prioritize spending time with their families and recharging their mental batteries on the weekends they don’t have booked for food truck events or catering gigs.
Here are some of the things that some food truck owners say they spend their Saturdays and Sundays doing.
Recreational activities related to business — Food truck owners start their businesses because they’re passionate about the food they create, so it makes sense that what they do for fun relates to their mobile food business. Some take time to take classes to improve their cooking techniques or learn about cuisines they aren’t familiar with.
Getting some exercise — Working sunrise-to-sunset on weekdays doesn’t leave a lot of time for exercise, so some vendors try to catch up on the weekends. Whether its spending their weekends biking or kayaking. Being alone on their bike or boat gives them much needed alone time where they can think about the week ahead.
Catching up on administrative work — Of course, many vendors do work on the weekends, at least for a few hours. Weekends are an awesome time to get stuff done without being interrupted: Employees aren’t asking questions. Suppliers aren’t calling..making for a much more relaxed time to get the things done that aren’t possible with all of the weekday distractions.
Finding balance — From those who told us that they don’t work weekends, they did tell us they do take time to think about their business, learn something new, or strategize for the next week.
Setting boundaries — One owner said that he has two rules for weekend work. “I can work, but it has to be planning related, and it can’t involve sitting in front of my laptop.” This allows him to spend time with family while working.
Redefining “weekend” — When you run a mobile food business, “weekends” aren’t always Saturday and Sunday or even two consecutive days. The gift and curse of a food truck owner’s schedule is there are no set hours. Everything depends on the workload you have corresponding to each day.
Being flexible — Although it would be nice to take every weekend off, successful food truck owners are prepared to work when the right opportunity comes along. Clearly, everyone would prefer to be 100 percent about leisure on weekends, but the demands of a growing food truck business at times can dictate otherwise.
How do you spend your weekends? Feel free to share your typical weekend in the comment section below.