If you’re reading this article, then you’re most likely considering starting a food truck business at united food truck. The process of buying a food truck can be an expensive, time-consuming task that involves a lot of communication between buyers and manufacturers. In order to make the task less intimidating, this article guides you through the purchasing process with us.
REQUESTING A QUOTE ON OUR WEBSITE
- The customer receives a response back that typically asks them what their equipment needs and budget are, what city they’ll be operating in, and what type of food they’ll be serving.
- Once you send your information our sales representative will contact you to determine the cost of your project
First and foremost, it’s important to understand the financial obligation you’re getting yourself into. While purchasing a food truck is oftentimes much cheaper than opening a restaurant, it still comes with a hefty price tag. Completed food trucks that have been customized and are ready to be legally operated typically range from $50,000 to $150,000.
Now that you know your budget and have decided whether you want to buy
On this page from the SBA, you can find information on business licenses and permits in your area. Once you click that link, type in your city and state or the zip code where you’ll be doing business and select “restaurant” as the business type. After you hit “search,” the magic happens! You’ll get a long list of the items you’ll need to run your food truck—and, most importantly, the links to your area’s government pages and the specific departments you’ll need to contact.
Now, this won’t be a complete checklist of everything you need to operate a food truck in your city, but it should offer a pretty thorough overview of the categories you’ll need to consider. Let’s take a look at some of the categories you’ll find:
1. Tax Registration
Most food truck owners will need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and will need to register for additional licenses and tax-specific identification numbers in their states. And you can also find more information by clicking on the links from the SBA page.
2. Business Licenses
Before you can begin operating your food truck, you’ll need some general business licenses from your state, as well as a Food Service Establishment Permit. You can find more information on these licenses and the Food Service Establishment Permit from the SBA.
3. Local Permits
In addition to the state licenses, you will also most likely need several local licenses from your city or county (or both). Each city has different requirements, so it’s important to find out what’s required in your area by visiting the links provided by the SBA.
These are a few of the most common permits you’ll encounter:
- Alarm Permit
- Business License and Tax Permit
- Health Permit
- Signage Permit
- Zoning Permit
Some permits recommended by the SBA for restaurants (such as a building permit) won’t be relevant to you as a food truck operator—but you will need to keep them in mind if you ever decide to expand to a brick and mortar location.
PLANING AND DESIGN
Only two weeks it takes to build a food truck at United Food Truck
In United Food Truck we work with the best technology, materials and machinery that will result in a product with the highest quality of the market