Mobile food businesses, vending trucks and restaurant trailers in particular, have become very popular in many urban locations. The advantages of being able to go where there are hungry people, low overhead, and an opportunity to express your creativity in both the preparation and marketing of your food have made food vending trucks and trailers among the hottest start-up businesses in the U.S. However, vending trucks can be very expensive, especially brand-new ones, so some entrepreneurs have turned to leasing food vending trucks.
Write a business plan that details your business operations, including an estimated budget, number of employees, a marketing plan and at least some discussion of capital expenses, ongoing expenses and anticipated revenue. The main capital expense is obviously going to be the food truck, so determining exactly what features you really need to have in your truck is essential.
Research the market for leasing food vending trucks in your city or nearby cities. There are several sizes and types of trucks, some designed just to store hot or cold food, others designed as small-scale commercial kitchens for food preparation.
Prepare a short list of the best food vending truck possibilities you find. If you live in a smaller town, you might have to travel to a large city to find a good selection of trucks to meet your needs.
Negotiate the best deal you can when leasing your food vending truck. Coming in prepared with the competition's best offers and being willing to sign a longer lease are ways to get a better deal on your lease. You will be required to put down a security deposit in most cases.