You constantly see them out on the street and at different types of outdoor festivals. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your own burger food truck business?
Zac’s Burgers is currently looking for new licensees for their burger bus program. The great thing about the burger food truck business is that it doesn’t have to be your main career or source of income. The flexibility of the business and the increasing popularity of food truck trends allows you more money, freedom and growth than you realize.
Check out these reasons why you should start a burger food truck business.
If you hit the proverbial ceiling at work, but need to make more money, a burger food truck can be a great source of extra income. You can take it out for the dinner crowd and on the weekends to supplement your salary. And if your full-time job is flexible, you can even schedule some morning and lunchtimes too.
The Perfect Side Business
Opening your own business takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears and in an ideal world you would have enough capital to devote yourself to your new venture. Unfortunately though most people are not able to do so. Not all type of businesses make good side businesses, but luckily burger food trucks do.
A burger food truck business is less expensive to run and can easily operate on a part-time business if that is what you need to do in the beginning. Brick and mortar restaurants have a lot less flexibility.
Be Your Own Boss
Starting your own burger food truck business is a great way to get a taste of what it is to be your own boss. Even if you have another job where you are not the head honcho, at least on your food truck you will call all the shots. It will allow you to flex your leadership muscles to see if this is really what you want to do.
Enjoy the Chance to Travel
Another great thing about the food truck industry is the ability to travel. When you think outside the box, there are so many cool places you can take your food truck besides the local streets of your hometown. You can take your truck across state lines to find customers and even across the country for cool festivals and other food truck events. It is a great way to see more of the country and make money at the same time.
Here are some tips on getting started with a burger food truck business in the Philadelphia area.
- Pick a winning food truck concept. Philadelphia is a foodie town and between all the restaurants and food trucks already out there, you will need to make sure that whatever you are offering your customers is unique, something they can’t miss out on. Think about what types of food you want to offer and if buying local and organic will be an important part of your mission. Food trucks today can offer culinary masterpieces as well as simple fare so think about what you are good at and where there is more of a need in the Philadelphia market.
- Make connections with other Philadelphia food truck owners. As early as possible, make connections with other Philadelphia food truck owners. They are a good source of support and guidance because they have been where you are now and can offer you good nuggets of advice and help you navigate all the regulations and zoning requirements for operating a food truck in Philadelphia. Look for food truck associations like the Philly Mobile Food Association too.
- Figure out your food truck startup costs. How much starting a business costs can vary not only by the types of business, but also by where the business will be located. Every city, county, state has its own regulations and the costs of services, rent, supplies etc. can vary as well in different parts of the country. Typical expenses include permits, licensing and insurance, cost of truck and inventory, commissary fees and any maintenance costs that pop up for the truck.
- Buying your truck in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, there are a lot of options for getting your food truck. You can buy or rent one. And if you buy one, you can buy used to save money or put out the extra for a custom-fitted brand new truck. You can also become a food truck licensee for an established burger franchise.
- Find a commissary in Philadelphia. All food trucks in Philadelphia are required to have an off-site kitchen where they can prep food, clean all their equipment and store food properly. Find one that is in a good location and has all the tools you will need at a reasonable rent. You don’t want one that is too far away from where you will be selling because of food safety issues.
- Get food safety certified. Anyone who deals with food in the public realm needs to be certified in the proper methods for food safety. The food safety course must be approved by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and you must receive an official City of Philadelphia Food Safety Certificate that you must display on your food truck for your customers to see.
- Get the scoop on zoning ordinances. Like in any big city, finding places to park your food truck is one of the biggest challenges in Philadelphia. There are different rules for where food trucks are allowed to park and what permits you will need. Check to see if there are any restrictions on parking near restaurants or whether you need to be parked near a bathroom if you are going to be in that spot for a long time.
Overall, the biggest benefit of starting a burger food truck business is that you have so many options to make your dreams come true. You can leave your job and run your truck full time or you can run it as a side business. It is all up to you. You are the boss.
Zac’s Burgers is looking for new licensees for their burger bus program. Give them a call today to learn more about their program. Now is the perfect time to start a burger food truck.