Ice Cream Delivery TruckEver dreamed of owning your own ice cream delivery truck?
You can make this a reality with some smart business sense, a little hard work and a love for people (and ice cream)!
This article will provide some tips on how to make your dream of having an ice cream delivery business a reality!
Setting Up An Ice Cream Truck Business
Owning and operating an ice cream truck business can be an exciting and rewarding career. It can also be very lucrative with a good ice cream business plan.
Keep your budget in consideration as you look into either renting, leasing, or purchasing a delivery truck, or step van.
A step van (sometimes called a box truck because of its shape) is a light-duty delivery truck that generally allows the driver to stand up in the cargo area. They usually require just a single step up into the van - hence step van.
Many times you can find a delivery truck in the classified ads or from vendors that sell or rent ice cream and other vending equipment - or check for a delivery van for sale on the bottom of this page.
Take into consideration other costs: gas mileage, freezer capacity, licensing, insurance, state and local taxes, and of course inventory.
Also take into consideration the cost of having your business name and advertising painted on the front, sides and back of the truck.
You will also need safety decals affixed to your ice cream truck.
Insuring Your Ice Cream Delivery TruckObtaining the proper licensing for operating an ice cream truck will take a little researching because it varies from state to state and city to city.
Be aware of the ice cream vending regulations for your chosen vending area, and obey them! These laws provide comfort and safety for you and your customers.
Most vending regulations cover noise restrictions, litter control, and safe and insured driving practices.
Some vending areas may possibly demand the following requirements: Driver's License for the appropriate class of Delivery Truck and Operator's License or Vendor's License, Food Handling Permit, Vehicle/Business Insurance, Background Check, Health or Van Inspection.
Establishing An Ice Cream Delivery RouteAfter you have researched the legal requirements for your target area, establish that route and keep it!
Set up your route on days in neighborhoods where you know children will be present. Also public parks or other public areas are a good place to establish a route.
Be friendly and personable - get to know your customers on a first-name basis!
Cultivate in your customers an expectancy to see you every week (and buy your yummy ice cream!)
Being friendly, clean, polite and courteous will help establish a large customer base for your dream - to - reality ice cream delivery truck!
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