Here’s how one entrepreneur figured out how to start a food truck business. She started by sharing her Christmas baking to is now the owner of a mobile bakery. Coni Brigner tells us how she started her food truck business – right from coming with the idea and business plan for Sweets on the Streets.
A blog post could never tell you all you need to know about how to start a food truck. Read Start Your Own Food Truck Business: Cart Trailers, Kiosks, Standard and Gourmet Food Trucks by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media to learn how to identify the perfect foodie niche and customer base, create menu items that save time, money, and space in the kitchen, find a profitable location, time and time again and attract new and loyal customers with social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You’ll also learn how to manage daily operations, costs, and setting prices – as well as business licenses, codes, regulations, parking, and other considerations.
If you want to learn how to start a food truck business, listen to Coni. “I believe it is never too late to pursue your dream in life,” she says. “This food truck business has real meaning to me because you hear so much about how loving what you are doing can make your work joyful. There is nothing I love more than creating and offering wonderful sweets. This is why I’m asking for help. If a lot of people offer a little help, we will reach our goal.”
What does she mean by “asking for help”? It’s an innovative, creative, smart way to start a food truck business: Kickstarter.com.
A Different Way to Start a Food Truck
This is how one woman is pursuing her dream of starting a mobile bakery. It’s not the only way to start a food truck business, but it’s a great idea because it helps you avoid the hassle of getting a small business loan for your startup.
The beginning of this mobile bakery
Coni has been baking cookies and other goodies for 29 years, giving them away to friends, family, service providers, and even homeless shelters. She always wanted to start her own bakery in as an actual business, and recently came up with the idea of starting a food truck business.
The idea for opening a food truck
About four years ago, Coni noticed a proliferation of food trucks in the Miami Valley, and began to rethink her bakery business idea. “I know food trucks cost a fraction of what a building would cost,” she said. “And it seems like a great way to get the sweets out to people.”
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Getting money to start her food truck business
Coni decided not to go to the bank and ask for a business loan. Instead, she put her business description and plans on Kickstarter.com, which offers new ways to fund creative projects. It brings together creators of business ideas and business backers, and brings business and projects to life.
It’s cool, because you’re not just investing in a new and exciting business; you’re actively involved in helping someone pursue their dreams and goals!
And, different amounts of pledges net you different business perks. For instance, if you want to help Coni start her food truck, pledge $25 or more and you will receive any three items free the first time you visit Sweets on the Streets!
If you’re not into Kickstarter, read 30 Ways to Make Money on the Side.
The future of her food truck
Coni hopes her food truck bakery – Sweets on the Streets – will open for business next spring. She will drive her baked goods – including her famous chocolate chip cookies, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, ooey gooey cinnamon rolls and 30 types of sweet treats – around the neighborhoods in and around Dayton.
“We also have a salted caramel cake that people go crazy over,” she says. “I hope to park outside businesses in the morning and sell coffee and sweets for breakfast and throughout the day. We also have plans to be around the college campuses and even offering late night snacks.”
Quick Tips for Starting a Food Truck:
- Be open to new ways of starting your business (eg, Kickstarter.com).
- Connect with other vendors, to learn their tips and tricks for running a food truck as a business.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or even investors in your food truck business.
Food trucks are very popular in Vancouver, but I’ve never eaten at one. I haven’t even seen a mobile bakery! If you’ve eaten at a food truck or mobile bakery, please share your thoughts and tips. And if you want to learn more about backing Coni’s mobile bakery business, go to Kickstarter.com and search for “Sweets on the Streets.”
If you’re curious about different ways to get money to start a new business of your own – whether it’s a food truck or a “brick and mortar” restaurant – read 10 Highest Paying Jobs for College Students.
Source of Coni Brigner’s story of starting a food truck business: Woman with passion for baking plans to hit the streets: Mobile bakery looks for funding by Beth Anspach, in the Dayton Daily News.