One of the best avenues of investment you can get into now when everyone seems to be tightening their belts is food trucks. For one, people will always need food. Secondly, city dwellers will always be grateful for a place where they can grab a quick bite as they head into the office or dash to some meeting, or rush to class. Provided your truck is strategically located and your stuff is tasty, finding customers won't be a problem. The advantage of selling food in a truck, as opposed to opening a fully-fledged restaurant is that you won't need that much in terms of start-up capital. You won't have to factor in rent or buy furniture for diners to sit on. Extra hands to wait on diners also won't be needed.
The biggest expense in getting into this line of business is the cost of getting the food truck itself. But the good news is that investors have a number of options available to them. If the idea of buying a new truck and the figures involved appear too scary for you, there is the option of renting a truck. Purchasing a brand new truck and fitting it with all the necessary equipment can prove to be out of reach in terms of the outlay required. The good news is that you can buy a second-hand vehicle already fitted with all the tools and equipment you'll need to do the kind of catering you desire. A number of these second hand food trucks for sale have been approved by the health department of certain states, making getting licensed much easier if you'll be operating from that area.
One of the keys to succeeding in the mobile food industry is establishing a strong brand and this involves a number of things; focusing on a particular food niche, establishing a distinct and attractive profile online and on social media etc. How you decorate your truck is also part of carving out a unique identity in a city where a number of mobile vendors are already in operation. Depending on where you purchase your truck, you can have it decked out in your company colours and displaying the message you'd like the public to associate with you. You could alternatively get the truck and have a specialist decorator work on the body. Remember, it's not just about getting a splash of paint onto your truck, it's about projecting an image and an idea that will cause people to be attracted to you.
So where do you go shopping for your concession trailer? The Internet is the easiest place to start and on conducting a search you will find a number of sites offering both rental food trucks and food trucks for sale. Shop thoroughly and carefully as not every deal you'll find will be worth a second glance. You could find, for instance, a truck for as low as $5,000, but will it come fully equipped? And what is its physical condition?