If you want to a fun, interesting and relaxed career, owning your own ice-cream truck is something that you might want to consider. Picture this, driving around all day in the sun, in a relaxed atmosphere serving ice-cream. I don’t think you could ask for anything better.
If you live in a country where it is hot all year around, this can be a very lucrative business for you. All you need is drive and determination coupled with a stellar business plan, and you will have a very successful business. Here are some ideas to get you started.
How to start
The first thing that you will need to think about is your budget, how much money do you have to spare? If your finances are low, you may want to consider applying for a business loan. A high street bank, or a loan company will provide you with a small business loan to get you going.
Before you apply for a loan, you will need to make sure that you have a good credit rating, and that you are earning enough money to pay back the loan. Remember that if you do not pay back your loan, you risk ruining your credit, or having your valuables repossessed.
Writing a business plan
Prior to applying for the loan, you will need to write a business plan. It is a good idea that you spend plenty of time on your business plan. Do the necessary research, and get someone who is familiar with business terminology to assist you.
If you have a great idea, but you are incapable of articulating it on paper using the same language as the people who are reading it, you risk being rejected.
If you can afford to, you may want to pay to have your business plan written, there are many people who offer this type of service, a Google search will help you locate what you need.
The equipment you will need
Your business plan should include the equipment you will need to set up your business. One of the best ways to make your ice-cream truck business a success is to make your own ice-cream.
There is nothing wrong with making your purchases from a wholesaler; however, if you want to add a unique twist to your company, making your own ice-cream is the way forward. To do this you will need a good ice-cream maker, so you will need to start searching for the best ice-cream maker.
Other equipment that you will need is a freezer, utensils and the main ingredient which is the ice-cream truck. There are many places that you can find a decent van to use for your business including classified advertisements on and offline, and used car dealerships. You will also need to decide what size van you will need, small, medium or large.
Get a license
To operate an ice-cream truck, you will need the correct license. Each state has it’s own requirements so contact your DMV office who will be able to provide you with the instructions you will need to get the right licence.
You may also need to get into contact with the Department of Consumer Affairs so that you can familiarize yourself with all of the rules and regulations associated with operating a business in your area. If you are not familiar with what is required of you, and you violate any of the laws, you risk facing a large fine, or worse, you could lose your license.
You will also need to contact the Department of health. Your truck will have to be inspected regularly to ensure that it is following all of the health and safety guidelines necessary to distribute food. Once again, the slightest violation could lead to you having to pay fines, and you could lose your license.
You will need to understand a range of different business functions such as cost versus profit. This will assist you in determining what you should be selling. There are some products that will sell more than others, your decision of what to sell should be based on how the success or failure of each product.