Tips on Starting a Mobile Food Business

Mobile food business certainly has many advantages for entrepreneurs. As compared to those traditional restaurants, mobile food business has lower start-up costs. In addition, locations and operations hours can be more flexible.

This ABC News video further offers some suggestions for mobile food entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs need to consider the following questions:
1. What type of mobile food business do you want to start? (i.e. franchised vs. independent, food type, scale of the business).
2. Do you want to become a restricted or unrestricted food vender? Restricted food vender only sells pre-prepared food from other approved venders.
3. How much do you know the market? Market research will help.
4. How do you get the permits for your operations? You need to check with the state government agencies. Sometimes, you may find yourself in a waiting list for the permit. However, offering healthy alternative food may help you get your application ahead of the line.
5. What are your start-up fixed and variable costs?
6. Where do you store your food? A restaurant or commissary will work, but not the refrigerator(s) at home.

What do you think about the idea of starting your mobile food business?

Relevant discussions about mobile food business can be found: advantages of becoming a mobile food truck entrepreneur, mobile food trend example one (an Facebook TV video), and mobile food trend example two (an CNN News video).

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