All too often food truck owners and their staff members make mistakes because they are afraid to ask for help. Not knowing how to do something may be embarrassing, but not asking for help can lead to disastrous results. While it may seem daunting, pushing through your comfort zone can pay big rewards.
3 Simple Steps To Properly Ask For Help
The next time you are faced with something you are uncertain about, use these three steps to ask another truck owner, your manager or a peer for assistance.
- Start with what you know. Begin your process to ask for help with context and background about the situation so that the other person knows what you know.
- Ask for feedback on a proposed direction. Just because you are uncertain doesn’t mean you can’t form an opinion. Explain what you are thinking of doing and ask for input and direction.
- Ask for tangible advice. If you are still unsure about what direction to take, be direct with the other person. Ask for the tools you need to make a decision or for a referral to someone who has been in a similar situation.
Seeking advice from mentors, peers, even your suppliers and vendors; is simply another way of taking charge of your food truck business. Instead of thinking when you ask for help as a weakness, reaching out can help your chances for success.
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
While asking others for help is difficult, it’s the best way to learn what you don’t know. You should never stop learning. Take time to find and invest in relationships. There are plenty of vendors who have gone through similar experiences. Many have had others help them and would love to pay it forward by helping you. The key to remember, in most cases, all you have to do is ask.
The Bottom Line
Running a food truck can be lonely. There will be times when you don’t know who to turn to with your questions. Our simple advice; ask others for help, and broaden your network if you have nobody to get it.