Staffing Your Food Truck Effectively

Food Truck Staffing

When running a traditional restaurant, staffing is crucial to ensure you are profitable and able to keep the lights on. When it comes to your food truck, you need effective employees to keep the engine running.

Because food trucks are a much smaller operation than a standard restaurant, a mistake in hiring or putting your employees in the wrong role can be detrimental to your food truck business. Continue reading “Staffing Your Food Truck Effectively”

Why Food Truck Maintenance Is A Priority

Food Truck Maintenance

As a food truck owner, keeping your trucks well maintained is one of the most important things you can do to create a profitable food truck business.

Depending on where your food truck is located, exposure to extreme heat or cold can take a toll on both the inside and outside of your vehicle. Furthermore, not maintaining your food truck can lead to having to invest significant amounts of capital in repair on issues and problems that are often preventable.

Given that food trucks are no small investment, taking the time to care for your truck properly is a must.

Why Food Truck Maintenance is Important

Here are a few reasons why food truck maintenance should be a priority, as well as a brief checklist to ensure your truck is kept in the best condition possible:

It saves you money in the long run

Taking good care of your food truck may seem like a hassle in the day to day operations of your business, but in the long run, it will almost certainly save you money.

As with most things in life, prevention is often significantly less costly than dealing with an issue when it occurs. While keeping your truck in good shape won’t guarantee problems won’t arise, it will reduce the chances and frequency in which your truck breaks or you need a repair.

Something as simple as checking your tire pressure each day can help prevent a blown tire in the middle of the highway during an extremely busy day.

First impressions matter

How your truck looks to your customers can play a big role in their overall impression of your brand. No one wants to order from a food truck that looks worn down, especially if you are catering a wedding.

Having an employee clean the truck, wipe it down, fix and even paint the outside of the vehicle regularly can do wonders for making sure you give a great first impression.

Consider having your manager go through a brief checklist each day after your food truck closes to ensure you are maintaining a high standard for your food truck.

Keeping your truck maintained builds good business habits

While working to keep your truck in good condition is important and can save you money in the long run, it also ensures that everyone working at your truck is held to a high standard.

Showing your employees that it’s important to care for the truck will help instill a sense of pride for you and your team. You want to demonstrate to your team that this isn’t just a regular job and that you want to deliver the best experience possible.

Building the proper systems in your day to day operations to ensure your truck is well maintained will help develop good business habits that will ultimately help you grow and scale your business more effectively.

Maintenance Checklist for Food Truck Owners

Here’s a quick checklist to help you keep your food truck running in great shape.

  • Check your oil and engine regularly
  • Check your truck battery
  • Have one of your employees check the tire pressure, especially after driving for extended periods
  • Ensure you have the tools in your truck in case an emergency occurs
  • Get a truck tune-up at least once a year
  • Repaint your truck if it begins showing wear and tear
  • Have your closing manager go through a brief end of day checklist
  • Encourage your employees to speak up or take action if a repair is necessary

With thousands of amazing food trucks listed on Truckster, doing everything you can to deliver an exceptional experience to your customers is a must! Keep your truck in excellent shape, and the customers will see the effort you put into your business.

10 Ideas for Date Night For New Couples

Date Ideas

When you first start dating and are getting to know each other, certain activities help build a strong connection. The process of getting to know someone shouldn’t be a boring one. So we’ve compiled a list that should make it easy to plan an exciting time with your partner.

Here are ten fun date night ideas for new couples.

1. Dinner and a movie

There’s a good reason dinner and a movie is a go-to date option for couples all around the world. Silence your cell phones and pick your favorite restaurant to eat and top the evening off by enjoying a movie you both have been wanting to see.

To make the night extra special, go to a local cinema that serves you food and drink while you enjoy the film!

2. Escape room

Talk about an exciting first date! Escape rooms have become increasingly popular over the years, and they are one of the most enjoyable activities you can do with a new date! Work together to find a way out of the escape room and put your problem-solving skills to the test.

The only thing better than succeeding in solving the escape room is seeing your date’s smile when you tell them the activity you have planned.

3. Go wine tasting

A classy and enjoyable date for even new couples, scheduling a wine tasting is sure to be a hit! Not only do you get to enjoy incredible tasting wine, but winery views are also often unforgettable as well. Some wineries even allow you to set up picnics on their grounds, so you can make a full day of it.

4. Go camping or glamping

If you and your partner enjoy spending time outdoors, a weekend camping trip is a must! Prepare everything you need for a perfect camping trip ahead of time and don’t forget to pack some delicious food for a romantic dinner near your tent.

Many campgrounds offer additional fun activities such as kayaking and hiking, so don’t forget to add that to your camping agenda for some extra flair to your weekend.

5. Find a Food Truck

What’s not to love about enjoying some incredible freshly made dishes and drinks at some of the best food trucks in your area? Use the Truckster App to help you find food trucks nearby and spend the day enjoying some of your favorite foods.

Don’t be surprised if you find your new go-to spot after this fantastic date idea.

6. Go skating

Lace up your skates and take your partner out to go skating or for a spin on your local ice-skating rink. While there are sure to be some falls, skating is the perfect opportunity to break the touching barrier and hold hands while you skate!

7. Enjoy a home cooked meal

A classic alternative to dinner and a movie, choose a healthy and delicious meal that you and your partner can cook together at home. Put on some relaxing music such as your favorite jazz station and enjoy the evening in the comfort of your own home. Pop open a bottle of wine for the perfect date night.

8. Go to a comedy club

Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? Buy two tickets to your local comedy club and have a night out on the town full of laughter. A comedy show is a great way to get to know your new partner’s sense of humor.

9. Hit the beach (or lake)

If you’re fortunate enough to live to a nearby beach, take a whole weekend and make it an excursion of it. If no beach is around, find a nearby lake or waterpark. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

10. Get tickets to your favorite sporting event

Whether it’s football, baseball, or basketball, getting two tickets to see your favorite team is guaranteed to be a great date night adventure. Have no professional team in your city? Consider buying tickets to support a local high school or college team.

Own a Coffee Shop? Start a Coffee Truck

Coffee Truck

If you are fortunate to own or run a coffee shop or two, one of the most effective ways to generate more revenue and grow your brand is by investing in a coffee truck to compliment your brick and mortar business. In some cases, running a coffee truck by itself can even be a wise business and financial decision.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider starting a coffee truck if you currently own a coffee shop.

Find the Perfect Location For Your Coffee Truck

While having a single location for your coffee shop in a good part of town can certainly be profitable, having a mobile coffee truck can help you take advantage of more than one high traffic area.

In the morning, you can set up your coffee shop in the business district and then make your way to the where college kids need coffee for their all-night study sessions. A coffee truck allows you to pick and choose the best locations to serve your high-quality coffee so you can work to increase your profits.

Relatively Low Startup Costs

Running a brick and mortar coffee shop can be a pretty hefty investment which makes for very little room for error. If you mistakenly choose a less than ideal location, it can be hard to make your money back. With a coffee truck, you can get started for a relatively low investment, and there are minimal overhead costs for the month.

While you do have to invest in the truck itself, electricity and other maintenance costs are significantly less than a traditional coffee shop store. If you’re looking for a high reward, low-risk addition to your coffee business, launching a coffee truck is a great option to consider. Be sure to check out our list of “the best practices for food trucks.”

Create Lifelong Customers While On the Go

Though you can win the hearts of your customers at your traditional coffee store, coffee trucks offer a more unique opportunity to connect with your customers and create truly lifelong fans. With the ability to move your truck depending on the time and season, you’ll also gain added exposure to customers who may otherwise not frequent the area in which you own your coffee shop. Seeing your coffee truck outside their office or school will excite those customers who rarely make it to your shop.

Coffee Discovery is at an All-Time High

Food and coffee trucks continue to grow in popularity, and sites such as Truckster are driving new customers to up and coming food trucks in record numbers.

Because coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, coffee drinkers are always looking for new places to enjoy their favorite cup of joe. Food truck discovery websites are a great way to increase the visibility of your brand, and many coffee drinkers are incredibly loyal to coffee trucks compared to the standard coffee brand.

Coffee is the Perfect Food Truck Offering

If you sell coffee, coffee trucks are an incredibly efficient way to move product while keeping your costs low. With very little additional infrastructure needed, a coffee truck is essentially ready to go the moment you purchase it. Best yet, you don’t need a ton of room in your truck to have all the materials you need to produce and sell great tasting coffee!

As previously mentioned, you can move your truck based on where you expect your customers to be so that there’s no wasted time when you’re working your coffee truck!

If you own a coffee shop, you should consider starting your own coffee truck as well. With the reasons listed in this post, it’s easy to see the value a food truck provides to your business.

25 Fun Things You Can Do This Weekend

Fun Things To Do

It’s not often you have an entire weekend to spend time doing things you enjoy without other work obligations or commitments. When that time comes around, you best have something to do whether you want to be alone or with a group of friends and family members!

Do you finally have a free weekend and need some ideas on what to do? Then let’s do it right.  Here are 25 fun things to do this weekend!
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Is the Food Truck Industry Growing?

Growing Food Truck Industry

Mobile cuisine has been part of American culture since the latter part of the 17th century when street vendors sold food from pushcarts in New York City. The modern food truck craze, however, started in 2008 in Los Angeles and developed into a culture that is equal to the restaurant concept.

In recent years, getting your lunch from a truck seems to be almost fashionable, and many food truck operators started tapping into sentiments associated with modern America, including healthy eating, environmentally friendly catering solutions, and social media. Continue reading “Is the Food Truck Industry Growing?”

Renting a Food Truck for Your Company Party

Food Truck Party

If you’re considering hiring a food truck for a corporate event, don’t feel like a cheapskate. That said, you can save money. These days food trucks offer delicious, healthy, even gourmet cuisine that your employees or customers will savor.

Hiring a food truck for your corporate event is one of the most straightforward catering options. A food truck drives up to the venue, takes a few minutes to set up equipment, opens the window, and starts serving people. Continue reading “Renting a Food Truck for Your Company Party”

5 Tips for Designing a Food Truck That People Will Remember

Designing A Food Truck

If you want your food truck to stand out and attract a lot of customers, pay close attention to design elements like colors, text, logo, and structure and parts of the vehicle that can add interest. We here at Truckster hope to help you think of ways to come up with a visually outstanding, attractive design that makes your food truck successful. Continue reading “5 Tips for Designing a Food Truck That People Will Remember”