There is a reason work-life balance is a necessary topic of discussion in the food truck industry.
The demands of owning a food truck are intense and can often become so daunting that they overpower a person’s love for their truck, turning a dream into a chore. No matter how prepared you are to start a food truck, it will probably be harder than you anticipate.
Most owners don’t realize how much work it will be and how much it will cost, adding more pressure to an already hot cooker.
Food truck owners can put in 80-90 hours of work a week, not counting any extra administrative, managerial, or marketing tasks completed off the truck.
Start-up and operational costs usually exceed estimates due to unforeseen maintenance issues, permit and parking fees, higher cost of ingredients purchased at markets, and sales missed due to days off the road. Unexpected costs, combined with saturated and competitive markets and the expectation of high-quality food delivered at low cost, squeezes already slim profit margins.
The food truck industry is tough, but if you believe in what you are doing, consistently deliver great products and fabulous service, and balance your work and life, you can make it.
When you give your family, hobbies, and health the attention they deserve without your job life suffering, you stay at your spiritual, mental, and physical best. You won’t lose sight of your vision and won’t become discouraged by any difficulties, allowing you to power through and build a successful business while maintaining a robust personal life.
Focusing on all parts of your life is the key to work-life balance.