Are you intrigued about the idea of being a food truck owner, but worry about making enough money to be successful?
If you just park your food truck at the same place all the time, it can be a challenge to truly grow your business. That is why having creative revenue streams is key. Check out these 12 creative ways to make money with a food truck.
1. Corporate Gift Giving
Gift certificates are not just for brick and mortar restaurants. One way to drum up more business is to offer gift certificates to your truck as a great corporate gift. If you are a favorite lunch spot for certain businesses, employees there would love to receive a gift certificate from your truck from their boss.
2. Personal Gift Giving
Advertise your gift certificates as perfect for personal gift giving too. Your regular customers will love it if their loved ones surprises them with one of your gift certificates.
3. Pre/Post Celebrations
While catering big events like weddings and birthday parties are great, don’t discount the opportunities pre- and post-celebrations can also bring. During celebrations there is always room for extra grub and drink before and after the main festivities to keep the part going longer.
4. Amateur Sporting Events
Working up a sweat whether on the field or in the stands cheering is thirsty and hungry work. Amateur sporting events are great additions to your regular food truck stops. Form relationships with local sports organizations so you can get a prime spot.
5. Brewery Startups
Happy hours and nights out with friends are a great time to share good food as well as good drink. Most brewery startups only offer beer and not food so they would make great partners for your food truck.
6. Community Events
All types of community events are creative ways to make money with a food truck. Form strong relationships in the different communities that you serve with your food truck and you will be amazed at all the possible opportunities that will be presented to you.
7. Charitable Events
Charitable events are also great events to set up shop at. Think about donating a portion of your profit that day to the charity as a nice way to say thank you and to give back to the community.
8. College Campus
College students are notoriously hungry at all times of the day so you know you can get a good steady business on a college campus. Not only can you get them at breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can consider a later shift for those after studying or partying cravings.
9. Great for Barter Deals
A big trend in the food truck industry right now is only selling locally sourced food. To keep that from getting too expensive, many food trucks are striking barter deals with local farms and other local food manufacturers to share resources. Bartering is a great way to keep your truck well-supplied without breaking the bank.
Food trucks also often find a lot of business at festivals. They are great places to attract new customers that you wouldn’t normally have access too. Look for festivals that naturally fit with your food truck concept. For example, if you sell healthier alternatives then health and wellness festivals would be good places for you to be.
11. Animal/Pet Shelter Events
Animal/pet shelter events are very popular and generally attract large crowds, making them a prime spot to park your food truck at. These family-friendly events are usually very open to having food trucks there for their attendees.
12. Bridal Parties
It is not just the wedding itself that can provide an opportunity for your food truck, think bridal parties like showers and bachelorette parties too. Food trucks are a fun way to bring a variety of specialty food to the party and many people are jumping on the trend.
Consider Owning a Zac’s Burger Bus
Many burger franchisors are getting into the food truck business so now you can own a food truck from your favorite burger franchise. By joining a franchise, you have the security of offering the food of an established brand that people love already. Also most burger franchisors like Zac’s Burgers will offer support on starting a burger food truck which will be indispensable to those who are new to the food truck and restaurant businesses.
When you buy a burger truck from a franchisor like Zac’s Burgers who has locations in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, not only do you get a preset menu but you can also take advantage of their brand power. Zac’s Burgers is known for being a family-owned business that treats its customers like family. They pride themselves on delicious made-to-order meals and friendly service at a reasonable price. All the food is made fresh with the highest quality ingredients and with unique twists like wacky zacky sauce.
Zac’s Burgers menu includes different types of burgers (hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon hamburgers, bacon cheeseburger, bacon mozzarella cheeseburgers, mushroom and swiss burgers, Zac’s double burger with cheese and veggie burgers. Zac’s also offers wings, chicken sandwiches (fried, grilled, buffalo fried, buffalo grilled, grilled chicken caesar), flounder sandwich, crab cake sandwich, hot dog and hot sausage sandwich. The menu is pretty expansive.
For the more health conscious, there are also plenty of salads on the menu like Erin’s Favorite Fried Chicken Salad and Pete’ Greek Salad, BLT salad and Buffalo Chicken salad.
As a Zac’s Burger food truck, you can also sell other burger joint favorites like chicken fingers, French fries, waffle fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks and thick hand-dipped milkshakes.
Zac’s is currently looking for new franchisees to join their food truck program. When you license a Zac’s Burger Bus not only do you get to be your own boss, but you get to enjoy low startup costs and minimal operating expenses. They provide you with a proven business model for success and two weeks paid, personalized training as well as ongoing business support.
Other advantages include access to a commissary and free product to promote your new business. For more information about creative ways to make money with a food truck and how to get started with Zac’s Burger Bus, give them a call today.