4 Tips To Start An Ice Cream Truck

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Starting up an ice cream truck business can lead you down some great paths. It could launch a new career as an entrepreneur or someone just looking for some extra side money. When looking at the financial aspects of starting an ice cream truck, they’re not overwhelming and have a fair amount of flexibility. You can create your own hours, and oftentimes throughout the year, you will see major spikes in business. When looking to expand your business, a second truck is all you will need. We have a few tips to get you started on the proper path of starting an ice truck business. 

Look Into Your Resources And Average Costs For Your Truck

You may think the first significant expense for an ice cream truck would be the truck itself. Finding a used truck with freezers pre-installed isn’t too tricky. You could also look into altering a truck or step van and then make the appropriate alterations. Think of spending somewhere between $10,000 – $20,000 on the truck and changes alone. 

The operation of the truck, including gas and maintenance costs, will fluctuate over time. However, calculating your costs once you decide on a solid route will make these expenses easier over time. You should also think about the permits and licenses necessary to your business. Don’t forget about checking in on your insurance either! 

Of course, the product you carry on a regular basis, along with the toppings, cones, cups, and other accessories and supplies, will also play a large factor. 

Consider One Time Purchases For Your Truck

Not everything, such as supplies, will be on your monthly budget. Thinking about how you will play your music and the right type of sound system to project loud enough. Think about bowls, scoops, and permanent items for how you will work inside of the truck when serving customers. A vital part of this all includes the need for a POS system to check out your clients! This also includes safety equipment such as a backup alarm for when you have to reverse. 

The Classics Are Still Top Hits 

Although over the years, there have been thousands upon thousands of different ice cream flavors and styles, the classics still win. Some of the best-sellers are still your ice cream sandwiches, Bomb Pops, cartoon popsicles (Bugs Bunny, Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc.), and your old-fashioned flavors. Those crazy and unique flavors may sound fun, but unless you’re marketing them properly, they may not be the best right out of the gate. Maintaining a strong amount of your very best will mean that you will always have some cash flow coming through. 

Embrace Social Media To Promote Your Truck 

The good thing about this business is that whenever you’re driving down the street, you’re technically advertising your business. Having the right type of music, speed, and being in the right neighborhood can do wonders. However, it may not be enough depending on your area. Sticking to a set route can allow for word of mouth to spread. However, you can do so much more to make an impact.

Reach out over social media and promote your business, products, specials, routes, and so on. You can even get with other local food trucks to team up and offer dessert at your truck while they get a meal at the other. Consider reaching out to schools, colleges, sports teams, and nonprofits. Sponsor a sports team and offer to work birthday parties. 

Big Boy Concessions OKC Will Help You! 

If you’re in the state of Oklahoma, we have all of the resources you need to get your business going and flourishing! We offer many of the essentials you will need to start your business and all the products to have a full and ready stock. We offer everything, no matter if you’re an ice cream truck, shop, or only have limited ice cream products. If you would like to learn more about how to work with us, give us a call today!

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