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2005, 2020

The 7 Food Business Reports You Need to Run at the End of Every Year

May 20th, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

December is a crazy month. You've got holiday parties to attend and maybe even cater to (which for many of you represent a large chunk of your annual sales). And of course you have year-end accounting (unless you've hired a bookkeeper). Oh, and did I mention, holiday parties, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Years? It's a lot to handle. But you can't lose steam. Finish strong. Hit your sales targets and sell your heart out. It's a busy time of year, but I know you can do it. And if you get stuck I'm here to help. That's why I'm [...]

1205, 2020

Ways to Demonstrate Your Food Product Deserves a Premium Price

May 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Congrats! You've made a food product. Whether it's sauce, dip, brownie mix, or a beverage, it's a huge accomplishment to see your product hit the shelf on your local grocery store. But, it's hard to ignore one thing..... Your product is priced significantly higher than everything else on the shelf. There's several dollars between your national competitors - and maybe even other local companies. But, you think - "Well, it's got to be that high!" Yes, costs are always higher for small manufacturers. And even if big companies replicate your product they could still make it for less than you [...]

405, 2020

22 Food Business Terms You Need to Know

May 4th, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

Slotting fee? Food broker? LTL? For many entrepreneurs, starting a food business means having to learn new vocabulary. Sure, you know what a spreadsheet is, what your price is, and what the post office is, but what about the terms specific to the food industry? Below, you'll find 25 terms to better acquaint yourself with the food industry. Some I've stumbled over the years - and others are essential to your success. Let's get started! Financial terms Food Manufacturing terms Shipping terms Sales and marketing terms Financial Terms COGS: This stands for "Cost of Goods Sold." In other words, it's [...]

2904, 2020

Mobile Pet Grooming Industry: Poised for Growth in 2020?

April 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pet services is an estimated $5.5 billion dollar industry with pockets of opportunity due to national lockdowns requiring people stay at home. If you're looking for a recession resistant mobile business opportunity this is one worth evaluating for 2020 and beyond. The Opportunity: As weeks of social distancing is turning into months, it's not just humans that need a trim. Pets are in need of a cut and clean as well. In the past, dog owners might head to the local Petco for their dog cut and cleaning. But why go out and put your pet's health at risk when [...]

2404, 2020

Five Critical Mistakes First Time Food Truck Owners Make

April 24th, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

When you start any type of business, you're bound to make a few mistakes along the way. But the important thing is that you learn from these mistakes. In today's blog post, we share some of the top five mistakes first time food truck owners make so you can avoid them. Some of these mistakes end up costing people their business because they aren't able to course correct in time. Others never recognize they are making these errors at all and ultimately fail. Don't let this happen to you! Saving Money on Branding Built by M&R Specialty Trailers and [...]

1004, 2020

Pros and Cons: Getting Started as a Mobile Caterer

April 10th, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

A solid catering business can be an amazing extra revenue stream for any mobile food business., or even the primary source of income for many concessionaires. But before you bake catering services into your business plan, let’s consider a few of the pros and cons. BBQ Trailer built by M&R Specialty Trailers and Trucks. Pros: Booking a catered event for your food truck or trailer removes a lot of the doubt and anxiety that can surround the food truck business. After all, with a scheduled, catered event, you’re not roaming the streets, looking for a place to park [...]

104, 2020

Increasing the Average Spend Per Food Truck Customer

April 1st, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

In difficult times, identifying ways to deliver more value to the same number of customers can be an effective business approach. After you’ve been running your food truck for a few weeks or months, you’ll probably start noticing some trends. For example, you may have noticed that on a typical day, you serve 50 customers, but your sales numbers have plateaued. There are only a few ways to fix these “stalls” in income. You can decrease the amount of money you’re spending on food, but there’s probably not a lot of wiggle room here, without sacrificing quality. You can raise [...]

1703, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact on the Food Truck Industry–And What to Do About It.

March 17th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

COVID-19 (AKA the coronavirus) has disrupted the food truck industry. Concerts, events, and food truck festivals around the nation have been canceled as the public is strongly encouraged to stay inside their homes in an effort to minimize the spread of this nasty disease. But you already knew this. The goal of this post is to remind you that this too shall pass and to keep this health crisis in perspective. We'll also offer some practical ideas to keep your food business operating during these difficult times. Do we know how long the current situation will last? Nope.  No one [...]

903, 2020

How to Reduce Your Food Truck Suppliers and Simplify Operations

March 9th, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

Operating a food truck business can be complex, but sometimes we as owners / operators make things more complicated than they need to be. One simple way I've found to make things easier to operate is by cutting back on the number of suppliers I work with. If you can narrow the number of suppliers you use, you can drastically simplify your life (not to mention your bookkeeping). For example, at one point, we had a sandwich menu that used six different types of bread.  The rye and the sourdough were easy; they came from a commercial bakery and could be [...]

2002, 2020

37 All-Time Best Grilled Cheese Food Truck Name Ideas

February 20th, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

Thinking about starting a grilled cheese truck, but can't find a good name? We're here to help you out. We've categorized a list of some of the best ideas we could come up with that make sense for a grilled cheese truck. In case you didn't know, you can build a really solid business around the based around this beloved sandwich. You can go upscale serving sandwiches with artisan French baked bread and cheeses. You can attract meat lovers by adding bacon or prosciutto. Finally, you could get creative by making a dessert grilled cheese made with cinnamon toast bread, [...]

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