If you’re currently sitting at your desk or at home sitting on the couch, daydreaming about how to start your own food truck business, this is the article for you.
You already know that to start your own food truck business can be an intimidating process requiring a lot of hard work. But the idea has been with you day and night. Maybe you’re just unhappy with your current job or position in life. Or maybe you’ve always dreamed of opening your own restaurant.
Regardless of the reason, here are our…
20 signs that you may need to start your own food truck business
- You’re a thinker. Food truck owners never seem to stop thinking, to some it’s both a blessing and a curse. Is this you? If so, maybe it’s time to stop thinking for others and do something to put your thoughts in motion.
- You have passion. If there’s one food truck concept that stays with you that you’ve completely fallen in love with, perhaps you could turn it into a reality. Food truck owners are truly passionate about what they do and will do everything possible they can to share their concept with the rest of the world.
- You’re independent. Are you a problem solver who will try to figure out most problems on your own? If so, then you may feel independent enough to build a food truck empire.
- You are motivated. You don’t always need someone over your shoulder to get you motivated. Self-motivation is what you’ll need to help convert your food truck ideas into reality.
- You’re organized. Running a food truck requires an owner with great organizational skills. At some point you may want or need to hire some help (accountant or lawyer), but in the beginning you’ll probably rely on yourself to track finances and create your own business. You’ll never get that done if you aren’t organized.
- You feel stuck at your current job. If you hate waking up every day, then you’re probably unfulfilled. The idea of the standard 9-to-5 job just doesn’t do it for you. Determine if you need to change things up or if you need to be your own boss.
- You feel a need to prove your concept. Let’s say you have a great concept for a food truck but everyone is telling you it can’t be done. What are you going to do about it? This might be just enough motivation for you to prove them wrong.
- You want to be the boss. Whether you just need to be in control or just don’t like taking directions from others, you have already shown you want to be the boss.
- You have a great work ethic. If you don’t mind putting in 12 to 18 hour work days multiple times a week, then why not put that to work for yourself?
- You hate working for others. If you seriously can’t stand taking orders and hate your boss; start planning your food truck exit strategy.
- You can’t stand being in white collar job. If you feel restricted at your current position, you could set yourself free and work where you want to work: in your own rolling restaurant.
- You’re creative. If you’re tired of having your creative food and business ideas go to waste, then maybe it’s time to get into a food truck kitchen and express yourself.
- You don’t mind getting your hands dirty. You’ll have to do plenty of grunt work as a food truck owner. And a lot of it isn’t going to be enjoyable. If that doesn’t bother you, then why not do these tasks for your own business?
- You’re a problem solver. Are you the type of person who takes responsibility for problem solving? Let’s say the generator on your truck breaks down would you be the person who not only fixes it but gets it running better than before? If so, chalk this one up as a sign that you can start your own mobile food business.
- You’re not afraid of failure. As a food truck vendor, you’re probably going to encounter a failure along the way. If the thought of failure doesn’t you, then this line of work could be for you.
- There’s a gap to fill. If you notice that there’s a market and no one else is capitalizing on your concept, then maybe you’re the one to do bring it to market.
- You’re a leader. Having a great concept is one thing. Being able to communicate it, develop it and follow through with it is one thing but being able to convince others to join you in your vision is another. If you have the leadership skills to rally the staff and motivate them, consider starting your own food truck empire.
- You’re a thrill seeker. While most people play it safe in life, you are the adventurous type. Nothing is more thrilling than coming up with a food truck concept and seeing it through.
- You have street smarts. If you’re one those unique people with street smarts as well as professional skills, then you might put those talents to work in your own food truck.
- You’ve always wanted to do something you enjoy. Cooking for others has always made your day, so instead of merely thinking about it, take a leap of faith and pursue your own food truck business. If you follow your dream, everything else could fall into place.
The Bottom Line
Yes, you can start your own food truck business without some of these, but it will be a harder journey.
A question for current food truck owners, how many of these 20 signs did you show before you start your own food truck business? We’d love to hear from you. Share your thoughts on this topic in the comment section, our food truck forum or social media. Twitter | Facebook