Some days in food service are just bad days and it's hard to control how they affect you and your staff. Bad attitudes can and typically do affect customer service. It's hard to grind through a bad day with a smile. It even harder for your employees to when they don't have as much riding on the success of your food trailer business.
Mobile food and breweries have become almost as synonymous as peanut butter and jelly or burgers and fires. People love their local brewers, but many breweries don't have food options. So gourmet food trucks, trailers and breweries have built a symbiotic relationship that boosts business for both all while satisfying the masses. Selling at a brewery can bring tremendous sales to your food trailer, but it can be hard to get in if the brewery already has established relationships and food trailer schedules. Here are a few ways you can secure your spot and secure steady income by working with your local brewers.
Hopefully you have a tight crew and can trust your food trailer staff, but you would be foolish to think employee theft doesn’t occasionally happen. Employee theft can be difficult to track and even harder to prove; the key is prevention. Here are five steps to help prevent and minimize employee theft.
When it comes down to it, your employees are working for you so they can get paid. In a perfect world, you could pay your awesome employees a six figure salary, because we know that you (and your staff!) feel they deserve it. However, there are other ways to get some extra cash in their pockets. Tips are always welcomed by your hardworking employees, and there are different methods that can be used to try to maximize the amount they receive.
Almost every business has a way to generate more revenue very easily, food trailers are no exception. Every food trailer I have ever visited typically sells add-ons, drinks and sides, but rarely am I asked to upgrade my meal. There are most likely three reasons your staff are not asking. They are either ignorant, lazy, or scared. Before you criticize me criticizing your employees, let me explain myself…
If your a food trailer owner you probably don't have much spare time. It's difficult to squeeze in everything you have to do during the course of any given day. However, food trailer maintenance is not something that you should neglect. It will end up costing you much more in damages and time lost by not regularly performing maintenance of your trailer.
Food trucks and trailers are already dangerous to drive... Think about it, you have large pickup pulling a 2-4 ton trailers loaded with cooking equipment, oils and gasoline. You have plenty to worry about with the best driving conditions. Here are some safety trips for driving during the winter and especially on rainy days.
It probably feels like you pay a lot of money for your food trailer insurance, especially when margins are low starting out. You might be wondering where your hard earned dollars are going when you pay your food trailer insurance every month or in full... Our industry could do a better job of explaining what typically happens to the average insurance dollar you pay. This entry will attempt to explain just that.
What if one day your employee is seriously injured on the job or on the way to a job? What if you don't carry workers' compensation insurance? What if you don't have enough money to pay their emergency bills and their time off work? What if you are caught operating without workers' compensation insurance for your employees?
There's a lot going on in and around your food trailer on most days. As technology advances it is getting much easier and more affordable to secure your trailer. Because we insure so many gourmet food trucks and trailers across the county, we see all kinds of claims. Theft and vandalism are still not very common, but it does happen. Here are some of the ways you can increase security of your trailer to reduce the possibility of loss and possibly reduce your premium...