The First Day Owning a Food Truck

Posted by Niki Hodgskiss

Are you a new food truck operator? It’s an exciting, rewarding endeavour, but it can be daunting when you start. Before you open your service window for business, make sure you are prepared for any challenges that might come your way. I can guarantee the more prepared you are, the better your first few days in the truck will be. The first thing you want to do is make a checklist highlighting every task you need to do for your set-up. Keeping a comprehensive list and Checking it twice is the simplest way to alleviate unnecessary stress. It doesn’t matter how insignificant some of these tasks may be, you will forget the obvious at some point. In my days of mobile food operations, I have forgotten tongs, napkins, propane tanks and everything else.

You want to get as much done the day before as you possibly can. If you can be set up in your location the night before, take advantage of that. Prepare any food you can in advance, have the fridges full, and all advertising material ready.

Lastly, make sure you are comfortable turning on all your equipment. Do you know how to turn on your food truck water system, propane appliances, generator? Do several run throughs so you know how your morning will look. You could even serve a meal to friends and family before your official launch to get a feel for your new mobile kitchen.

Don’t be discouraged by any difficulties you may encounter in your first few weeks as a new food truck owner. Starting a business comes with its challenges and rewards, and in no time at all you will be an expert!


  • Want to open mobile food truck. Have an amazing homemade burger. Please advise as I need a food truck. I have years of experience in fast food and restaurant

  • Hi Tina!

    If you contact us at we can discuss what your food truck needs are.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    – Niki

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