Location is a major key to success for any business. Fortunately for mobile food trucks, if a particular location isn’t working, it’s easy to move on to another. Finding the perfect spot takes some trial and error, though. The tips below will help you secure it, and when that happens, do whatever it takes to hold onto it!
A Guide to Mobile Food Truck Spots
1. Know Your City’s Parking Laws
Familiarizing yourself with the city’s parking laws is crucial. Many cities enacted laws to address food trucks. These dictate which side you can take orders from–the sidewalk, usually–the required proximity to a bathroom, and the distance from brick and mortar restaurants. Some cities even restrict you to parking only on private property, which means you’ll need to make friends with local business owners.
2. Get Friendly With Area Businesses
Whether your city restricts you to parking on private property or not, building a relationship with other business owners in the area is a good idea. They may allow you to park outside their office building to provide lunch for their employees and the staff of other businesses nearby. If you strike up a deal with a particular business, consider offering them an incentive such as a discount in exchange for a long-term agreement.
3. Consider Food Truck Parks, Festivals, & Events
Not all mobile food trucks are your competition. In fact, food truck parks, festivals, and other large events with multiple trucks can offer a lot of variety and people may eat at more than one. If there is another truck that offers similar options as you, work out a schedule so you can both benefit from these events. Keep in mind many festivals and events book their vendors early, so you’ll need to plan ahead. Or, if you can legally park on a street nearby, you can take advantage of the crowds leaving the event.
Finding the right location without violating any city laws is one of the biggest challenges mobile food truck owners face. Once you get a spot that works for you, though, you’ll start reaping the benefits of a regular crowd. If you’re just getting started, Shanghai Mobile Kitchen Solutions in Brooklyn, NY, has everything you’ll need. They offer custom food trucks and mobile kitchen products to keep it fully stocked. They’ll also handle any repairs you may need over time. Learn more by visiting their website, or call (800) 253-4815.