Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

20 Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

Orvid from QUE CHEVERE
Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

Everything! I watch the movie Chef 10 times and thought I had it down. I found out very quickly that with no kitchen experience it was going to be a big learning curve. We are still learning and we love it.

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Jewel from Mel & Libby’s

Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

The hidden cost for permits & licensing. Also, some cities require you to get a business license and inspections as well.

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Kyle from Modern Tortilla

Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

The one thing we wish we knew before we started would most likely be how important it is to make sure our trucks are in an area where people know we are going to be there a head of time.

I know that might sound obvious but when starting you figure I’ll tweet or post on social media where i am parked for lunch and people will come. That is not the case in Arizona. Everything is so spread out. You are better off going to an office building, that has  an office manager, that has emailed out your menu and let everyone know ahead of time you’ll be there. That has been our biggest lesson.

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Bobby from LAVIDA COFFEE + OATS

Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

 One of the things we wish we would have known was how much fun we’d have actually serving the community.  If we would have known, we would have started our business years ago.  The customers we’ve met, the business contacts we’ve been able to garner, and the friendships we’ve started has strengthened our faith in people and our community once again.

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Kyle & Tommy from Aioliburger.com

Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

The one thing we wish we knew before we started would most likely be how important it is to make sure our trucks are in an area where people know we are going to be there a head of time. I know that might sound obvious but when starting you figure I’ll tweet or post on social media where i am parked for lunch and people will come.

That is not the case in Arizona. Everything is so spread out. You are better off going to an office building, that has  an office manager, that has emailed out your menu and let everyone know ahead of time you’ll be there. That has been our biggest lesson.

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Tommy from Oak Wood Fire Pizza

Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

We wish we knew how much of a Mechanic, Chef and Marketing Manager we needed to be to run this business. Your truck could break down, or a cook could call in and you have to figure it out.”

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Greg Golden from Mustache Pretzels

Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

I wish I’d known that I could make the same amount of money with a pop-tent, and have almost none of the mechanical risks associated with owning and operating a food truck.

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Jewelia & Clay from Boca

Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

One thing I wish we would’ve known before we started a food truck is: Don’t make it a restaurant on wheels. Choose one item (in our case – Tacos!) and do it well.

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Greg from Burgers Amore

Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

One thing I wish I knew was that to be a successful operator, I have to be a marketer (social medie), event booker, loader, cook (I have had to jump back many times), schedule manager for employees, and mechanic (these trucks do have problems). You have to wear a lot of hats to make it work!

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Juan e ojeda  from Tacohead

Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”

I wish I would have known how stressful the food business can be..

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What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before you started your food truck

One thing I wish I would have known……………how to be a mechanic!  Being an Italian chef is great as is getting to meet some awesome customers….but having your truck break down and missing a few days on the road is a bummer.

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Leo from Herb ‘n’ Smoke

Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”
You can’t just pull up anywhere to sell your food.

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Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”
I wish I knew you didn’t need a AC unit in kitchen Worthless completely decorative.
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Darrick from LeftCoast
Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”
I wish I would have known how much I would love this job.
Seriously, the most rewarding job I have done.

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Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”
That dessert trucks work twice as hard for half the money of a food truck.
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Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”
I wish I would have all the exact requirements from maricopa county for mobile permitting. I bought my trailer in perfect working condition from New Mexico to find out that not one single thing met Arizona’s requirements.

 

So in essence, I bought a shell of a trailer and had to rebuild the entire thing from scratch. It was worth it in the long run having a custom built trailer to my specific needs but I would definitely not go the same route again. Lesson learned!!!! Lumberjack’s Taco Shack – Lettuce is for Posers
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Ken and Heather Davis from Flyin’ K BBQ
Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”
There are so many things we wish we would have known before starting our trucks. From the fact that you are literally running every aspect of the business, finance, marketing, back of house, front of house and the list goes on.

 

The one piece of advise that we feel is the most valuable is that it’s ok to financially invest in a something that allows you more free time as an owner to execute a task you are more proficient at. Example- hiring a bookeeper so you can work on marketing (if that’s what you love). There are alot of long hours, blood, sweat and tears that goes into this industry but it is also very rewarding.
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Warren From What’s Fresh?
Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”
All of the myriad regulations that go along with opening the window in each city.
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Frank and Carlotta Perla from Old School Grub
Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”
How hard and at the same time how rewarding it would be.
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Nataly from Wild Thing
Arizona Food Truck Owners Speak Out: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Food Truck”
I wish we know it’s so “political”… I’m talking about booking the events 🙁
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