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accounting tips

Unless you were an accountant before deciding to become a food truck owner, the word “accounting” probably makes you a bit uneasy. For new food truck owners, this feeling is usually much worse. After all, bad bookkeeping when a business opens not only puts you in a hole in the short term, it can come back to bite you in the backside over time. Don’t forget; even start-up food truck businesses can get audited.

Now that we’ve made you feel even more uncomfortable, there are ways you can avoid having your tax submissions getting flagged by the IRS. Here are a four beginner accounting tips to help start your mobile food business.

4 Accounting Tips For New Food Truck Owners

Make It Part Of Your Schedule

In the same way that you go through your email every morning, or in the same way that you tirelessly prep for each day in your truck, make your accounting work a habit. Set a recurring alarm on in calendar: “Review The Financials!” The frequency you do this is up to you, but you need to set aside time for accounting at least once a month, if not more.

Learn The Jargon

The terminology of accounting can seem like it’s another language and in some cases it is. Accrual? Imprest System? Key Ratios? Accounting jargon isn’t usually in the average person’s day to day vocabulary.  So take some time to understand the basics. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Center is a great place to start.

Find The Right Software

Find the accounting software that you feel comfortable using. Don’t simply grab the first one you find. Research the various options you have and relate them to the way in which you will be using it? Do you have POS system that will provide financial reports? Find software that is compatible with these reports.

Look For Advice Locally

Chances are, if you spend enough time trying to figure out an accounting issue, you could. But the reality is, you’ve got a food truck business to operate. Since you need to file taxes quarterly (not just annually) you need to place a bit of urgency to get these issues solved. Speak with other local food truck or restaurant owners in your area. The years of accounting they have seen will probably lead to an answer faster than any other place you look.

Food truck owners familiar with the SCORE program offered in communities across the country have used this group as a local resource to get accounting questions answered.

Another route is to set up food truck owner working groups where you can invite a local accountant to speak on common problems the group members run into. Look for an accountant or bookkeeper who specializes in food service businesses. If nothing more, they’ll be a voice of comfort if you receive some alarmingly confusing IRS mail.

Once you have taken these steps you’ll realize that accounting doesn’t need to be scary. Start off on the right foot and you might actually find that it’s fun. Ultimately, you need to understand the financials in your business to be able to make corrections if your profit just isn’t where it needs to be.

Do you have more accounting tips for the new food truck owners out there? Please share them with us in the comment section below, Tweet us or share them on our Facebook page.

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HOUSTON, TX – The last food fight you had may have been in your middle school cafeteria, but here in Houston, a much more serious fight is about to get underway. On one side, the 800 food trucks that roam the city, which includes a growing number of chef-driven foodie favorites. On the other, the Greater Houston Restaurant Association, the group that represents thousands of restaurants in Houston.

The debate is whether propane-based food trucks should be allowed to operate in the downtown business district (CBD) and the Medical Center.

Take for example, the Pho-Jita truck. On this Wednesday, it was parked along Post Oak in the heart of the Galleria. The truck dished out food to eager office workers. It uses propane to cook, and that’s perfectly legal in the Galleria area.

“As of now the city doesn’t permit us to be within the confines of downtown and that’s a pretty big area, considering Houston is such a big area,” says John Tapia, in between taking lunch time orders.

Tapia and other operators of trucks would love to serve the 250,000 office workers who flood downtown every day. Long time city regulations prevent propane-based mobile food units (MFU) from operating in the CBD and the Medical Center. Mayor Annise Parker tried to update the regulations a few years ago, but lost that battle. She says outdated regulations unfairly stifle competition, and wants to tackle revamping city rules again.

“Competition is competition, and we’re not in the business of protecting existing businesses, we’re about allowing competition to take place,” said Parker

The mayor wants to eliminate the propane ban, and make several other adjustments that would allow the MFUs to operate downtown. That includes getting rid of the rule that benches or other seating must be at least 100 feet from a truck. However, the Greater Houston Restaurant Association is against any loosening of current regulations. The association points out that most brick and mortar restaurants had to make significant investments into their establishments and pay a variety of taxes and fees. They view the loosening of regulations as unfair competition.

“I had to build grease traps, build parking, file for a liquor license,” says GHRA President Reginald Martin, also a restaurant owner. “This is a disadvantage to me. Because there are a lot of costs we can’t recoup overnight.”

Find the entire article at abc13.com <here>

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indian wells ca

INDIAN WELLS, CA - When it comes to the type of pedestrian traffic and activity that food trucks seek, Indian Wells and its lack of a centralized commercial district might not be the most appetizing.

But in case a restaurateur decides to forge ahead anyway, Indian Wells city leaders are considering new restrictions that ensure food truck operators can’t just drive in and park anywhere.

The new proposal, which will be considered Thursday, would require trucks stay at least 150 feet away from any business, stay off all streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less, and obtain a temporary-use permit if they are part of special events.

The proposed restrictions come during a valleywide debate over how to encourage business growth while not being inundated by new mobile food options.

“If you don’t have very clear restrictions … it’s going to be a huge mistake for the city,” Mayor Pro Tem Ty Peabody has said about regulating food trucks.

Riverside County on April 8 started allowing food trucks to operate within the county. But it is up to individual cities to regulate them within city limits.

Cathedral City and Indio have approved laws. But Palm Desert and Palm Springs have moratoriums on the mobile operations, allowing them more time to review potential regulations.

Indian Wells council members first broached the subject in March, which spurred concern over health regulations and a potential over­abundance of food trucks if they were allowed on private properties.

Peabody — whose wife owns Don Diego’s restaurant in Indian Wells and who used to operate food trucks in the 1990s — suggested more than a dozen requirements be part of an ordinance.

Find the entire article at desertsun.com <here>

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Annise Parker Food Truck Quote

“Competition is competition, and we’re not in the business of protecting existing businesses, we’re about allowing competition to take place,” – Houston Mayor Annise Parker

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    So what exactly is bacon onion jam?

    According to Josh Henderson the owner of the Seattle food truck Skillet, it’s comprised of bacon, onions, balsamic, and brown sugar.

    I’ve heard it called Bacon Jam, Bacon Onion Jam, Bacon Onion Relish whatever it’s known as in your part of the world this sweet, salty, bacon spread will be a hit.

    This spreadable jam is an instant hit when used as a topping for burgers or hot dogs. If you are looking for other uses, consider it on toast or crostini, fresh vegetables, pita bread… the list goes on and on!

    While this isn’t Skillet’s recipe for bacon onion jam, I’ve done a little work in the kitchen and came up with my own variation. Once you’ve tried it out in your kitchen, let me know what you think in the comment section below, Tweet us or share it on our Facebook page.

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