Many Brits spent lockdown discovering new passions or building their own businesses, which could explain why earlier this year, resignations across the UK reached the highest rate since 2009. With cooking and food-related passions adopted by many, launching a food truck or mobile food business is growing increasingly popular.
If you’ve got a passion for pizza and a top-notch recipe, you might be considering launching a mobile pizza business. However, before you head off to buy a pizza oven and a van, there are a few things you need to do. From creating a solid business plan to finding the right truck to serve your pizzas from, you’ll need to plan a few things before you can serve up that first slice of cheesy goodness.
Here we explore how to start a mobile pizza business.
Create a business plan
As with any business, write a detailed business plan before you launch your mobile pizza company. This is especially important in a competitive industry, like street food, where traders are a dime a dozen.
Having a clear plan in place will help you secure the things you need to get your business off the ground, such as funding or investors. Be sure to include as much information as possible, such as how you will market your business and how you will fund it while it gets off the ground.
Invest in the right equipment
Having the right equipment will be crucial to the success of your mobile pizza business. Ask your chefs to advise you on the kind of equipment they’ll need to create tasty food quickly and efficiently. At a minimum you’ll need chopping boards, an assortment of knives, frying pans, trays, a stove and of course a pizza oven.
Be sure you also include any minor tools and equipment that will ensure the quality of the food cooked. For example, a good quality infrared thermometer provided by a company like RS Components will help the kitchen team determine whether the oven is hot enough to use.
Choose a food truck
A simple stall set up under a gazebo at a market will allow you to see if your business would work, before you spend a lot on the cost of your vehicle.
The vehicle you choose for your mobile pizza business is likely to have a significant impact on the success of your company so it’s crucial to choose wisely. While established food truck traders tend to have a large truck with multiple serving stations, it’s best to start out small when you first launch your business, as you don’t want to make a huge investment straight away.
As long as your truck has room for a serving station and can fit all the kitchen facilities and equipment you need to create delicious pizzas, you’ll be all set to start taking orders.