Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Why Start an Ice Cream Truck Business

The ice cream truck business has been an icon of Americana since the early 1920’s. By the 1950’s, there was an ice cream truck in just about every neighborhood of the country. Today, the ice cream truck business can be a fun and profitable business for the entrepreneur.

In today’s uncertain economy, it can be tempting to start your own business  that has a low initial investment, no boss holding all the power and you can earn up to $500 in just a few hours. The ice cream truck business is just that sort of venture.

Getting Started
Unlike a lot of new ventures, getting started in this exciting business is relatively easy and inexpensive. With a solid business plan, the right permits, and an ice cream truck, van or scooter, you can be running your own ice cream truck in just a few short months. 

·         Get off to the right start! 
For an affordable price, an ice cream truck business plan template acts as your blue print as to what the goals of your business are and how you will reach them. An industry specific template is an inexpensive way to make sure that all the necessary research has been done to help you succeed.

·         What permits will I need to start an ice cream truck business?
The permits you need to start your new business venture varies from county to county, but typically you will need to get a business license, a permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles and an inspection done by your local Health department.  By contacting each of these government offices, you can quickly learn the costs involved for your particular area.

·         How much does an ice cream truck cost?
The cost of trucks range in size and style. You can purchase a used van fully equipped for less than starting an ice cream shop - under twenty thousand dollars or a scooter type cart for even less. Getting financing for an ice cream truck vehicle is usually not a problem, especially if you have a solid and well thought out strategy to show your investors.

Be Your Own Boss
While being your own boss may sound appealing, it does come with its own risks. While you won’t have someone watching over you who can fire you on a whim, it is entirely up to you whether your ice cream truck venture makes a profit or not. It is true that with the right ice cream truck business plan, the right route and the right amount of commitment, you can earn as much as $500 handing out tasty treats to neighborhood kids; but it will be up to you to actually make that happen.

The key to succeeding in the ice cream truck business is three-fold:
1.    Create or purchase a well-researched and detailed plan.
2.    Establish and stick to a route that includes areas with lots of families as well as parks and other public areas where kids hang out.
3.    Put in the time and effort to keep your customers coming back for more.

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