If you’re in the food truck business, you know that everyday can present a new and exciting challenge in this world, and you may not know what to expect. This can be hard when you’re trying to make a schedule or a game plan in your business efforts and goals. Most of the time, food truck owners are putting much of their own money into making their business and food truck become successful, so a well planned and neat schedule may be crucial in making some money and keeping your food truck in the green and have customers come back for seconds.
Here are 5 tips on setting up a schedule in the food truck world:
Location, Location, Location
Map out some of the hot spots you’d like to plant your truck down and sell hungry customers your food. What are the spots you want to visit multiple times, maybe every day of the week, versus the ones you want to visit once a week or only a short period amount of time a day, If you map out exactly what places you’d like to hit, use a stopwatch or timer to calculate how long it takes to get to each location for maximum time spent at each place.
A Watch Can Be Your Best Friend
There are certain times in the day where more customers are expected, and if your food truck is in the right place at the right time, that only means hungry customers eating your food, giving you money! Figure out when the majority of people hit that spot. Is it right after work? After church? After school? Etc, etc! Use a watch (even a leather one) to move from other food truck locations to spots that will get more business properly and efficiently!
What’s Your Schedule Now?
If most, if not all, of your day isn’t spend in that truck cooking up some great food and instead your own schedule outside clashes too much, it’s time to rethink your food truck strategy. It’s important to dedicate sufficient time and energy into your food truck because that is the only way word will get out and people will come in. Clear your schedule and work out a plan that will get your food truck business up and going by using all your time and efforts.
An Organized Schedule is a Happy Food Truck
Use color coded post-its if needed and colored markers to highlight important notes made on a schedule. If you’re missing important spots or times due to miscommunication or lack of a schedule, organization is key here! This will help you get to your hungry customers faster and more efficiently.
Communication and Connection with the Team
As you may know already, an effective food truck business has a strong team behind it. Give your number and email to all employees in case of emergencies or schedule issues. Your team can chip in and help make the schedule to set forth a plan that works for everyone and brings in money.