Depending on how you have decided to structure your day based on your specific needs, you may want to arrive at your service location with some time before opening to set up the truck for service.
Teams usually spend thirty minutes to one-hour taking supplies and food out of cabinets and coolers, strategically placing everything for optimal function, and getting the kitchen warmed up. This is also the best time to send social media followers an update on the day’s lunchtime location.
Food trucks serving lunch open their windows around 11:00 am or 11:30 am and stay open for three hours on average.
Busy trucks remain steady most of the time between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Once the line starts winding down, if anyone on your team has free time, begin packing things up and closing down the truck.
By 3:00 pm, most food trucks have stored leftover food, thrown away trash, and put away any equipment that can’t be left out during travel.
This is a good time to officially close out the business side of things through your POS system and count the cash drawer if you do not want to wait until to you get home to do this step. Next, you will need to schedule time for traveling back to where you started your day.
Once you arrive back at the commissary or the secure parking area, you will need to take one or two hours to clean the truck, inside and out, wash any equipment used during the day, and make preparations for dinner service or the next day.
If doing lunch and dinner, you may not opt to deep clean everything until you return from the second service. However, you will most likely need to re-stock supplies and make sure things are running smoothly, which warrants a trip back to where you came from that morning.
The same applies if you have a special event booked for the evening. It is a good idea to block out sometime after you are finished with all service to make grocery and to-do lists for the morning and prepare anything you can for the next day.
As you compile your daily schedule, be safe and overestimate how long things might take you to accomplish. This way, you will be ready for the unexpected traffic jam or an emergency trip to the store.
Now that you have a standard, daily routine hashed out, decide when you are going to be able to dedicate time to other business-related duties.
There may be certain things you want to schedule once or twice a week, like deep cleaning a specific piece of equipment, answering emails or making planned trips to the grocery store. You’ll have to spend some evenings, weekends, and early mornings logging receipts, going over sales and inventory reports, and updating your website and social media profiles.
Time must also be saved for researching and booking festivals, events, and catering gigs and planning and executing any scheduled truck maintenance. These aspects of the business are just as important as the day-to-day.
They help you stay in the know regarding your business’ success and progress, reach as many potential customers as possible, diversify and expand your business’ reach, and prevent any surprise truck repairs that could potentially keep you out of business for days.